Hylton Center Partners with Castleton Festival in July

Posted: June 3, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: June 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Lorin Maazel. Photo by Chris Lee

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is partnering with the Castleton Festival to bring part of the Castleton Festival to the Hylton this summer.

The Castleton Festival, which is held at the farm estate of esteemed conductor Lorin Maazel in Rappahannock County, Va., fosters the talent of young musical artists, advanced students and emerging professionals.

For the first time, the festival’s musicians and singers will present three concerts at the Hylton Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus, in addition to the annual festival events at the Castleton Farms estate held June 25 through July 24.

These three performances will be exclusive to the Hylton Center. Festival founder and artistic director Maazel, who was music director of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons, will conduct each of these concerts in the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall.

  • On Thursday, July 7, at 8 p.m., the festival brings a concert version of George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess.” In this version, the festival artists will perform “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You is my Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” “A Woman is a Sometime Thing,”  “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” and “Summertime.”
  • On Thursday, July 14, at 8 p.m., two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini, “Il tabarro” and “Gianni Schicchi,” will be performed at the Hylton.
  • On Thursday, July 21, at 8 p.m., the festival performances at the Hylton culminate with a concert of American music commemorating the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) featuring mezzo-soprano and Washington, D.C., native Denyce Graves. The concert will feature music by Ferde Grofe, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Foster. Joshua Weilerstein, winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors, will conduct Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story.”

Tickets for each performance are $30, $45 and $60. Buy tickets to all three concerts for $67.50, $101.25 or $135 and save 25 percent (This special offer is only available in person at the Hylton Center ticket office or by phone at 888-945-2468). Visit the box office, charge tickets by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org.


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