Located on about 130 acres of national park land in Fairfax
County, Va., is Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
The concept for a theater in the park began as a donation from
Catherine Filene Shouse, who wanted to preserve a former farm from
encroaching roads and suburbs.
In 1966, Congress accepted Shouse's gift and authorized Wolf
Trap Farm Park, its original name, as the first national park for
the performing arts. On Aug. 21, 2002, the park's name was changed
to its current one, keeping the area's historical significance and
reflecting its mission to create and present excellent, innovative
performing arts programs.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts organizes and
operates several distinct venues and facilities, including the
Filene Center. The Filene Center is a major indoor and outdoor
performance venue with about 4,000 seats under a copper roof system
that look out to tall trees and the park. The remainder of the
seating is uncovered on a sloping lawn, where patrons can enjoy
picnics while listening to performances nightly from May to
September in a range of musical styles from...
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