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Review for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Because of Wolf Trap's easy accessibility, low prices, and enormous spectrum of artistic presentations, our lives have been enriched far beyond what a middle class family might have expected. My family has been attending Wolf Trap presentations ever since it opened, and our appreciation of the arts has expanded enormously as a result. I had never seen a live ballet performance until, in the 1970s, Wolf Trap's advertising circulars persuaded me to attend not one but three different performances, along with unforgettable performances by Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and other iconic performers. We have been able to repeat these experiences every summer, plus orchestral, operatic, and musical theater performances that would be beyond our reach if we lived anywhere else. Checking off our choices for each summer is now an annual rite not unlike composing a Christmas wish list. Lately we have discovered The Barns' year-round menu of outstanding but normally inaccessible specialty performers like Cherish the Ladies. As an amateur performer myself, I have been impressed by WT's education and outreach programs, particularly the summer programs that introduce teens to opera and the outdoor children's shows that pack in pre-school and elementary school kids from the area's daycare centers and summer camps. That program alone deserves the support of area taxpayers and donors, because we all benefit when those around us are acquainted with the arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing Mark Jaster to children's audiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to make selecting programs and buying tickets even easier.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the absolutely outstanding breadth of the presentations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

driving aged people like me up the hill from the parking lot.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I don't know enough about the organization's needs to speak to this, but one obvious thing would be to enhance outreach activities to children and young people.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more seats.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I'm not aware of any large challenges other than funding; I fear that the recession will force curtailment of its programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm empressed by Wolf Trap's commitment to environmental improvement.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & Several times I sang with a local chorus invited to participate in various holiday celebrations onstage.