Pre-Performance Discussion Series

Pre-Performance Discussions are offered on select evenings in conjunction with the Filene Center summer concert series. These discussions offer insight and interpretation of the evening's performance. Discussions begin one hour before the scheduled show time and end with plenty of time to reach your seat before the show starts. The discussions take place on the Farmhouse Lawn unless otherwise noted.

Location: Farmhouse Lawn (unless otherwise noted). The Farmhouse Lawn is located to the left of the main gate/box office area for the Filene Center. Chairs are provided or feel free to bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic during the presentation. For additional information e-mail us or call (703) 255-1827.


2019 Pre-Performance Discussion Series

Wednesday, June 12 at 7 PM - Caracalla Dance Theatre

Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 PM - American Ballet Theatre
Location: Terrace Deck
Keith Roberts, Ballet Master

Sunday, July 14 at 7 PM - Nas | NSO
Location: Associates Deck
Moderator: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. James Peterson Founder of Hip Hop Scholars Inc.; Content Creator; Author
Paul Butler Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; MSNBC Legal Analyst; Author
Simone EcclestonDirector of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Lawrence Cosby Attorney; Social Media Influencer; Hip Hop Advocate
Jeriel Johnson Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs

Friday, July 26 at 7 PM - Noseda Coducts Tchaikovsky & Beethoven | NSO
Rich Kleinfeldt of Classical WETA

Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 PM - Disney Pixar’s Coco: In Concert Live to Film | NSO

Friday, August 2 at 7:30 PM - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert | NSO
Dr. Mary Voytek, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at NASA Headquarters
Michelle Lynn Thaller, Assistant Director of Science for Communications at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Emil de Cou, Conductor

Friday, August 9 at 7:15 PM - Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
Morgan Brophy, Assistant Director, Artistic Administration, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, August 14 at 7 PM - Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Last updated: August 2, 2019

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