After nearly 50 years of summer concerts that attract thousands of people from around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, officials at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna announced Friday they have cancelled the 2020 summer concert series due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The cancellation includes performances at the Filene Center, Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods and The Barns at Wolf Trap.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce that we are cancelling the 2020 Summer concert season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap National Park and The Barns at Wolf Trap will not host live performances from May through September," Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts President and CEO Arvind Manocha said in a prepared statement. "For many, Wolf Trap means summer, celebrating music with family and friends, but the health and well-being of the Wolf Trap community of patrons, artists, and staff are of paramount importance to us. Concern for the welfare of all makes summer gatherings for performances unfeasible."
Current ticket holders will have three options: donate a portion or total value of the ticket to the Wolf Trap Foundation's "Music Moves Us Fund" as a tax-deductible contribution; exchange the tickets for a gift card to be used in the future; or receive a full refund.
Wolf Trap is the only National Park dedicated to the performing arts.
The foundation, through its residency program, will be developing and distributing new content this summer from the Barns and the National Park, bringing music to its audiences through digital and virtual platforms.
To help mitigate the financial impact of the season cancellation, the Foundation has launched its new Music Moves Us Fund.
More information can be found at wolftrap.org.