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Maazels Announce Castleton Festival; Marvin Hamlisch to Kick Off Fundraising Effort in D.C.

Sep 22, 2008

World renowned conductor Lorin Maazel, and his wife, Dietlinde Turban-Maazel, will inaugurate a new, annual music festival on their 550-acre property in Castleton, Virginia (Rappahannock County) in July 2009. The festival starts the week after Maestro Maazel’s final concerts as music director of the New York Philharmonic.

To help launch the fundraising campaign for the Castleton Festival, the Oscar/Tony/Grammy/Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch will participate in a benefit concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on October 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. “An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch” will feature Mr. Hamlisch at the piano in an program of Broadway classics, including some of his own most enduring hits. Maestro Maazel will be the featured guest, playing Gershwin and conducting the entire ensemble in a finale. They will be joined by vocalists J. Mark McVey (a veteran of Broadway’s Les Miserables), soprano Nancy Gustafson and the current Castleton Residency Young Artists.

Festival performances will be held from July 4 - 19 in multiple venues on the Castleton Farms property. The artistic focus of the 2009 Castleton Festival will be four fully staged chamber operas of Benjamin Britten under the artistic direction of Maestro Maazel: a new production of The Turn of the Screw and revivals of Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia, and The Beggar’s Opera (Britten’s arrangement of John Gay’s theatrical landmark). Additional concerts, recitals, workshops and informal performance activities are planned, along with the creation of the Lorin Maazel Conducting Master Classes.

The Castleton Festival is designed to be a nurturing ground for young professional artists and advanced students, who will live and work together over a month-long period, primarily on the Castleton Farms property. While much of the program will be centered on performance activities, under the guidance of Maestro Maazel and other senior artists, there were will be training offered to participants in the form of coaching, workshops, private lessons and master classes. Apprentice and internship opportunities will be created in all artistic, production and technical fields. Participants will range from local students to international young professionals.To accommodate the Festival performance schedule, a new multi-purpose theatre is being constructed as part of the renovation of an old barn and silo at Castleton Farms. This venue will have roughly twice the capacity of the existing 130-seat Theatre House, the acoustically superb auditorium in which the Châteauville Foundation has presented performances since 1997. The Barn Theatre will remain a remarkably intimate space that will allow the Festival chamber opera repertoire to be heard in venues of appropriate scale.

More complete details of Castleton Festival programming, the Lorin Maazel Master Classes, and casting/ticketing information for patrons will be announced in early 2009.

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