Bob Weir & Wolf Bros will get their tuxedos back from the cleaners for another run of orchestral shows with the National Symphony Orchestra. The two-night run is set for August 28th and 29th at The Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA.
The pair of shows will once again see the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Reineke. Each night will feature unique sets filled with orchestral arrangements of classics from the Grateful Dead songbook, Bobby’s solo works, and other time-honored covers. Stanford professor and composer Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti will once again provide the original arrangements.
An artist pre-sale for tickets to the Bob Weir & Wolf Bros run with the National Symphony Orchestra in Virginia will begin on Friday, February 9th at 10 a.m. ET followed by the public on-sale Friday, February 16th at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can sign up for access here.
This will mark the Grateful Dead guitarist’s fourth engagement of orchestral shows. Weir originally debuted the venture back in 2011 for a one-off benefit concert with the Marin Symphony Orchestra and then reprised the concept in 2022 for a four-night residency with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Then last October, Weir brought the orchestral program back to the West Coast for a show with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, working once again with Dr. Aquilanti who has provided the arrangements for all of Bobby’s orchestra shows.
“These songs are visitors,” Weir told NPR in a 2022 interview about the effort to translate his music for an 80-piece orchestra. “[They’re] living critters and they’re visitors from another world, another dimension or whatever you want to call it, that come through the artists to visit this world, have a look around, tell their stories,” Weir said. “I don’t know exactly how that works, but I do know that it’s real.”
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