2009-10 Regular Season BeginsSep 17, 2009
Our regular season will begin in early October and continue up until the start of the 2010 Castleton Festival, encompassing a range of world class presentations.
DAZZLING PIANISM TO OPEN THE SEASON
On Sunday, October 4, at 4pm, we are delighted to presenting an exceptional young Italian pianist, Alessandro Taverna. This will be our third collaboration with Britain’s Keyboard Trust, which has previously brought us two highly memorable recitals. Taverna has gone from strength to strength in a series of competition victories, most recently taking the 1st prize at the Minnesota International Competition this past July. As we write, he is advancing through the prestigious Leeds Piano Competition in England. He will be launching a US tour this autumn with his Castleton appearance. His program includes Bach’s English Suite No. 5, Mendelssohn’s Fantasy, Op. 28, Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka and virtuoso showpieces of Lizst, Scriabin and Ligeti.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK (TIMES TWO!)
An American treasure, Sweet Honey in the Rock, comes to Castleton for two performances on Saturday, October 24, at 7pm and Sunday, October 25, at 4pm. Sweet Honey in the Rock is the Grammy Award winning all-female a cappella vocal ensemble strongly committed to creating music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. It will be an extraordinary opportunity to hear the sound of Sweet Honey in the warmth and intimacy of the Theatre House. For the Saturday evening performance at 7pm, tickets are $75 and include a wine/cheese reception with the artists immediately afterwards in the Great Room of the Theatre House. Tickets for the 4pm show on Sunday, designed for families, are $45 (with $20 student seats available).
THE PARIS PIANO TRIO: BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT & RAVEL
On Sunday, November 8 at 4pm, one of the world’s great piano trios will play three of masterpieces of the chamber music literature, marking the first time since our 1997 inaugural concert that the Châteauville Foundation has presented a piano trio recital (perhaps because that founding trio Bronfman, Maazel and Rostropovich were a hard act to follow!). But if any ensemble is up to the challenge it is the Paris Piano Trio (known in Europe and on their many Harmonia Mundi recordings as Les Musiciens). The Trio brings together three celebrated French soloists, Regis Pasquier, violin, Roland Pidoux, cello and Jean-Claude Pennetier, piano, who have shared a love of chamber music since they were students together at the Paris Conservatory, which they each now are professors. Their Castleton program includes Ravel’s magnificent Trio bracketed by two equally splendid pieces, Beethoven’s C minor Trio, Op. 1, No. 3 and Schubert B-flat major Trio, Op. 99.
The Theatre House will be busy on a number of other weekends this fall, as we continue to partner with other non-profits in the area.
We are pleased to be offering a joint benefit with the Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Society on Saturday, November 14, featuring a musical performance and a gourmet chestnut-themed buffet to follow. Further details and invitations for this special evening will follow shortly.
Continuing our commitment to local theatre, we are thrilled to be working with the new Headwaters Arts Program to host an area high-school student production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Theatre House in early December.
Please note that we will continue to use the ticketing system and assigned seating that were introduced for the Castleton Festival. In order to ensure your place for all Châteauville Foundation presentation, we strongly recommend the advance purchase of tickets from our website, though we are happy to accept orders via email (email@example.com) or telephone, 540-937-4969. We regret that it is no longer possible to reserve seats without the advance purchase of tickets, though any unsold seats will be available at the door on the day of each event.
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