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CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Wolf Trap, VA

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Wolf Trap, VA for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Wolf Trap, VA.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

Proactive Wellness Centers'

Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Wolf Trap, VA

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Wolf Trap, VA tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

Be Wary of These

5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Wolf Trap, VA.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Wolf Trap, VA

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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Richmond Ballet to make its debut at Wolf Trap

The Richmond Ballet will perform John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” and Ma Cong’s “Thrive.” Richmond Symphony and Chorus, the City Choir of Washington and vocal soloists from the Wolf Trap Opera will accompany the dance performances.This performance will be the first time that Richmond Ballet has performed on the main stage at Wolf Trap’s 7,028 seat outdoor amphitheater.“It’s always been a dream of mine for the Richmond Ballet to perform at Wolf Trap. It’s one of the most ...

The Richmond Ballet will perform John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” and Ma Cong’s “Thrive.” Richmond Symphony and Chorus, the City Choir of Washington and vocal soloists from the Wolf Trap Opera will accompany the dance performances.

This performance will be the first time that Richmond Ballet has performed on the main stage at Wolf Trap’s 7,028 seat outdoor amphitheater.

“It’s always been a dream of mine for the Richmond Ballet to perform at Wolf Trap. It’s one of the most iconic outdoor performing arts venues in the country and the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts,” Stoner Winslett, artistic director for the Ballet, said. “It will be a gorgeous show to see outside at Wolf Trap on a summer evening.”

The ambitious, show-stopping production will feature 16 dancers from the Richmond Ballet, over 60 musicians from the Richmond Symphony and roughly 120 to 150 singers.

“It will be an exhilarating show highlighting Virginia’s best dancers, singers and musicians,” Winslett said. Tickets to the Wolf Trap performance start at $33.

The Wolf Trap performance has been several years in the making.

The Richmond Ballet’s managing director, Brett Bonda, met Wolf Trap CEO and President Arvind Manocha through the Advisory Board for the Arts. The Richmond Ballet invited Manocha to Richmond in the fall of 2019 to attend a performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Dominion Energy Center.

“Mr. Manocha was so impressed that he invited Richmond Ballet to perform the same piece at Wolf Trap in August of 2020,” Winslett said. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that original performance was cancelled. Now, three years later, the performance has finally been rescheduled.

“We are very excited to once again be invited to perform at this truly legendary venue,” Winslett said.

Ma Cong’s “Thrive” will be performed before “Carmina Burana.” Cong is Richmond Ballet’s associate artistic director. He choreographed “Thrive” last year, and the English composer, Oliver Davis, came to watch the performance.

“It was a huge hit,” Winslett said. The entire performance of “Carmina Burana” and “Thrive” should take around two hours, she said.

But if you do not want to make the nearly two-hour drive from Richmond to Wolf Trap, the Richmond Ballet will be performing “Carmina Burana” along with Cong’s “Thrive” with the Richmond Symphony at the Dominion Energy Center Sept. 22-24. Tickets, which start at $25, will go on sale Aug. 1 and can be purchased at etix.com.

Virginia Native Jason Mraz Calls First-Ever Wolf Trap Show ‘Exciting’

Two-time Grammy Award winner and Virginia native Jason Mraz is currently on tour, promoting his new album Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. Mraz, who won Grammys for “Make it Mine” and “Lucky” with Colbie Caillet performs for the first time at Wolf Trap on August 6.Mraz talks to Nort...

Two-time Grammy Award winner and Virginia native Jason Mraz is currently on tour, promoting his new album Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. Mraz, who won Grammys for “Make it Mine” and “Lucky” with Colbie Caillet performs for the first time at Wolf Trap on August 6.

Mraz talks to Northern Virginia Magazine about his new album, the Jason Mraz Foundation that supports arts education and the advancement of equality, and what it will be like coming back to his home state.

Congrats on your new album. Tell us more about the vibe you were going for.

Touring last summer was quite insightful because we were able to test out new songs and get a feel for what songs the audience was not into. What they were telling us was that they wanted to stay on their feet and dance. So, we went into the studio to try and make a dance album. It’s been a bucket list item of mine for years. I knew it wasn’t going to be electronic dance music. I had to still figure out how my band and I could pull it off. I’ve made pop music my whole life, I’ll admit that. I stayed in that lane. Looking for new experiences, still, we’d never attempted to do something so up. We set out to make something you could dance to.

I’m always writing from wherever I am in life. I’m in my mid-40s, and it’s long enough to look back and see that I’ve been on a ride. I’m still optimistic about how much of that ride and time I have left, even though time is no guarantee. There’s a preciousness to the optimism on this record. I love this record and how it came out. There’s a freedom to it, and still a fresh naivete to it, but there’s also a little more learned experience and maturity inside of it as well.

What can people who go to your Wolf Trap concert expect to see?

It’s a Technicolor dream show. I’ve got all my best friends with me, 12 of us on stage including me. It’s a colorful recollection of my songs but celebrating the new album, too. We don’t play the new album in its own entirety. The way the new album feels and sounds is how we dress up the old songs as well. We’re also able to play some old songs I’ve never been able to play before because I didn’t have the personnel to help me recreate the song the way it’s recorded on the album. It’s a sonically big and beautiful and fun show. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so it’s relaxed, too, with audience interaction, whimsy, and a whole lot of dancing.

Are you looking forward to getting back to your home state? Do you have any favorite places to visit in Virginia?

I would go see shows at Wolf Trap growing up in my high school years. In those formative years, I was going to concerts and daydreaming about your life. My daydreaming about my life was being on a big stage one day. I’ve never performed at Wolf Trap, so for me it’s quite exciting because I’ve seen so many shows there as a kid. Specifically, Ani DiFranco and Bob Dylan were big ones for me. I was a fan of both, guitar for Ani and, of course, Bob Dylan for his legendary songwriting.

When I saw Wolf Trap was on the tour schedule, I was very excited about coming back because it gives my family the chance to come up from Richmond to see me and have a bit of a reunion that day. It will be an extra special day on tour.

It seems like you are very dedicated to a lot of important causes. Can you tell us more about the Jason Mraz Foundation or other issues you’re passionate about?

I am sensitive to all the issues. It’s kind of hard to live in this world because everything from climate to equality, social justice, criminal justice, they all need our constant attention and help. I feel like unfortunately this country has been kind of bought and sold and far from the people.

Where I feel like I succeed because I’m an entertainer and performer is the arts education lane. I feel like I can connect with young people and help give them resources and great opportunities for them to pursue not just the arts but an experience of inclusion, acceptance, and compassion, which I think the arts are great at.

The foundation provides grants and scholarships to programs all around the country to help young people get involved in local arts programs. I feel like my superpowers really work best when they’re connected to the arts, so that’s where I tend to do my work.

You just released Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. What are your plans for the rest of the year?

We have a program in schools from October to February in San Diego at eight different participating schools. After this tour, I won’t be touring for the rest of the year. I’ll be spending more time doing the foundation program and a television project that I can’t mention much about yet, unfortunately.

It gives me the ability to work from home and still contribute to society. I’ll resume touring probably next summer.

Feature image of Jason Mraz by Shervin Lainez courtesy Ashley White PR

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Dance Review: ‘Carmina Burana’ presented by Richmond Ballet at Wolf Trap

This past Wednesday night’s performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center was a historic event. John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” premiered in 1959. Original cast member and icon of American dance, Carmen de Lavallade, was in attendance to receive the Richmond Ballet’s Lifetime Achievement in Dance award. This is only the sixth time the company has extended this honor since their inception in 1957. After dress rehearsal, the dancers gathered in an adoring circle on stage around de Lavallade for one last pep talk f...

This past Wednesday night’s performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center was a historic event. John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” premiered in 1959. Original cast member and icon of American dance, Carmen de Lavallade, was in attendance to receive the Richmond Ballet’s Lifetime Achievement in Dance award. This is only the sixth time the company has extended this honor since their inception in 1957. After dress rehearsal, the dancers gathered in an adoring circle on stage around de Lavallade for one last pep talk from their mentor. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” she said before reminding them to listen to the music. “Music is food for the soul” and when you’re in the zone “you become part of the sound.”

“Carmina Burana…felt like a celebration of the theatrical power to embody the range of possibilities of the human condition—from sensual and joyous to angsty and tortured by fate.

The evening began with Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett introducing the program, the lifetime achievement award, and the award’s presenter, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. The governor’s appearance seemed to cause audible distress in the audience as a chorus of groans echoed all the way back to the lawn. When de Lavallade came to the stage, she received a long, standing ovation. There was a specific dissonance between the woman of color, famous for breaking barriers in dance, and the man presenting her with the award. However, it cannot be denied that de Lavallade’s contributions to American culture and identity are deserving of both the award and the honor of recognition by the Governor’s office.

While “Carmina Burana” was certainly the main event, the program began with “Thrive,” an original neoclassical ballet by Richmond Ballet Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong. This was the first time that the work had been performed with live music featuring a specially rearranged score by English composer Oliver Davis (who was in attendance), It was performed by the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Symphony Chorus, The City Choir of Washington and conducted by Erin Freeman. The crux of “Thrive” was in its partnering work which was executed with seeming effortlessness as Sabrina Sabino, Jack Miller, Izabella Tokev, Naomi Wood, Zacchaeus Page, and Aleksey Babayev whipped and flipped into one lifted position after another.

After a brief intermission it was finally time for “Carmina Burana.” Just as de Lavallade had said, it was all about the music. Carl Orff’s score—based on secular verses recovered from the library of a medieval Bavarian monastery—leans heavily into the spectacular. From the epic, cinematic “O fortuna” which opens and closes the piece, to the soaring vocal lines and dance music that sounds like it was taken from a medieval rave, every aspect of the score is already theatrical and programatic. The singers from Wolf Trap Opera—tenor Lunga Eric Hallam, soprano Esther Tonea, and baritone Daniel Rich—joining the dancers on stage and the chorus extending halfway down both sides of the house only added to the immersive drama. Dancers (and the National Strategic Reserve of Abdominals) Cody Beaton, Eri Nishihara, Ira White, and Khaiyom Khojaev seemed to revel both in the musicality and the physicality of the work. They were animated by the music, but without cartoonish determinism where the choreography just looks the way the music sounds. If music is food for the soul, they were at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

“Carmina Burana” was considered exceptionally erotic when it premiered in the middle of the last century. With its revealing costumes and suggestive, “profane” subject matter it still carries that valence with not insignificant force. At the end of the evening, it still felt less overtly sexual than many of today’s youth dance competitions. Rather than simply being erotic, the entire work, from low notes to high legs, felt like a celebration of the theatrical power to embody the range of possibilities of the human condition—from sensual and joyous to angsty and tortured by fate. Even though it is clearly recognizable as a work of dance from the 1950s, it has been consistently performed for over 60 years for a good reason.

If you were unable to attend Wednesday’s performance at Wolf Trap, Richmond Ballet, The Richmond Symphony and Chorus, and the City Choir of Washington will reprise both “Thrive” and “Carmina Burana” on September 22-24, 2023 as part of Richmond Ballet’s fall season.

Running Time: Approximately one hour and 45 minutes including one intermission.

“Carmina Burana” was performed by Richmond Ballet on August 30, 2023 at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182. A digital program from the event can be found here. More information about Richmond Ballet and their upcoming productions is available on their website. For more information and tickets for upcoming performances at Wolf Trap, go online.

Concert Review: ‘Broadway in the Park’ featuring Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga presented by Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap

Directed by Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, with the Wolf Trap Orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch, Signature’s resident music director, “Broadway in the Park” was the third annual presentation of Broadway show tunes offered in the summer concert series by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. This year’s concert featured Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga supplemented by eight of Signature’s local talent. The twenty songs were presented in solo, duet, and trio...

Directed by Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, with the Wolf Trap Orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch, Signature’s resident music director, “Broadway in the Park” was the third annual presentation of Broadway show tunes offered in the summer concert series by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. This year’s concert featured Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Lea Salonga supplemented by eight of Signature’s local talent. The twenty songs were presented in solo, duet, and trio format and represented Broadway shows ranging from 1937 to 2017. About half of the songs were unfamiliar to me and my companion, both seniors and Broadway aficionados. The printed program did not list the songs or the shows from which they came but if you had a smart phone, you could scan and view Wolf Trap’s digital program book.

The evening was fun…strong, effective, and beautifully presented…The men supplied strong vocals as well as interesting and interpretive choreography.

After the orchestra played the overture to 1956’s “My Fair Lady,” the show got off to a rousing start with the 1963 song “On Broadway” featured in “Smokey Joe’s Café” (1995) and “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” (2013). It was performed by lead singer Felicia Curry with back-up by Katie Mariko Murray and Tracy Lynn Olivera. “New York, New York” from “On the Town” (1944) introduced Phillip Attmore, Austin Colby, and Kevin McAllister to the audience in yet another rousing rendition. I have a particular passion for powerful emotional solos and was not disappointed. Katie Mariko Murray’s “Johnny One-Note” from “Babes in Arms”(1937), Nova V. Payton’s “Music that Makes Me Dance” from “Funny Girl” (1964 and currently in revival on Broadway) and Tracy Lynn Olivera’s “There Won’t Be Trumpets” from “Anyone Can Whistle” (1964) were strong, effective, and beautifully presented.

The men supplied strong vocals as well as interesting and interpretive choreography. Austin Colby and Bobby Smith presented a version of “You’re Nothing Without Me” from “City of Angels” (1989) in which their stage movements defined the song’s lyrics as well as their voices. Phillip Attmore’s “Too Darn Hot” from “Kiss Me Kate” (1948) was spectacular—his exuberant stage presence and tap dancing caused the audience to applaud mid-performance! Kevin McAllister’s “Being Alive” from “Company” (1970) provided the audience with a strong baritone interpreting the meaningful lyrics.

The featured performers brought their own well-known musical numbers and personalities to the stage. Megan Hilty sang songs from her very popular TV musical drama “Smash” (2012) and her Broadway appearance as Glinda, the Good Witch in “Wicked” (2003). She related some stories about her career and closed her set with “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the Broadway musical “Lorelei” (1974). Lea Salonga sang songs from her award-winning Broadway shows “Miss Saigon” (1989) and “Les Miserables” (1980), with arrangements and orchestrations by her brother, Gerald Salonga. She also sang “Send in the Clowns” from “A Little Night Music” (1973) and told the audience she was looking forward to headlining a London production of “Old Friends” (a revue tribute to Stephen Sondheim) with Bernadette Peters this coming fall. Her set ended with a duet, “For Good” from “Wicked” with Megan Hilty.

The entire cast concluded the performance with, surprisingly, not a show tune, but “This Is Me” from the 2017 movie “The Greatest Showman.” The evening was fun and productive and we enjoyed discussing the lesser known song performances while waiting to leave the huge, crowded parking area.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

“Broadway in the Park” was presented on June 16, 2023, at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA 22182. For information about upcoming shows at Wolf Trap and to purchase tickets, visit online. For shows at Signature Theatre, visit online.

Wolf Trap releases summer artist lineup for 2023

The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows for summer 2023.VIENNA, Va. — While it might feel like summer is far away -- I mean, it snowed this morning -- it is never too early to start daydreaming about warm and sunny days with loud music in the air.The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows...

The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows for summer 2023.

VIENNA, Va. — While it might feel like summer is far away -- I mean, it snowed this morning -- it is never too early to start daydreaming about warm and sunny days with loud music in the air.

The Virginia music venue Wolf Trap released its lineup of over 50 nights of shows for summer 2023. John Legend, Charlie Puth, Sting, The Avett Brothers and Babyface were just some of the artists expected to perform.

Brandi Carlile will headline Wolf Trap's Out & About Festival on June 24-25, joining Yola Lucius and Jake Wesley Rogers for a two-day celebration of music, nature and pride across three outdoor stages.

“The shows we’re announcing today are quintessentially ‘Wolf Trap,’ with extraordinary artists spanning genres and generations,” said Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation.

Wolf Trap will also include performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, and Wolf Trap Opera's season. And yes, the beloved NSO movie nights weill return, featuring Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park concerts.

Tickets will go on sale to the public for all announced performances on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Wolf Trap members have access to presales tickets ahead of the general sale. Those members (donors of $80 and up) can purchase tickets now.

Below is the full schedule of Filene Center performances announced so far:

Full schedule and details on how to snag tickets can be found here.

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