Castleton Fetival Announces Two Recitals with Principal Players of the New York Philharmonic

Recitals by Principal Flute Robert Langevin, Principal Horn Phil Myers and Principal Oboe Liang Wang added to the inaugural Castleton Festival schedule of four Britten chamber opera and two orchestral concerts

Festival Opens Friday July 3 with founder Lorin Maazel conducting a new production of The Turn of the Screw

Two recitals featuring principal players of the New York Philharmonic have been added to the schedule of the first Castleton Festival which is being held in Rappahannock County , VA July 3-19.

On Thursday, July 9 Principal Horn Phil Myers will be joined by Principal Oboe Liang Wang and Virginia Perry Lamb (piano) for a program featuring works by Telemann, Schuller, Piantoni, Britten, Piazzolla, Ravel and Reinecke. On Wednesday, July 15 Principal Flute Robert Langevin and pianist Nicholas Ong will perform a program of sonatas by Gaubert, Lowell Liebermann and Fauré. (Full program details below.)

Unlike other Castleton Festival events that are being held on founder Lorin Maazel’s 550-acre Castleton Farms property in Rappahannock County , VA , the recitals will be presented at The Theatre at Washington at 291 Gay Street , Washington , VA. (approx 7 miles from Castleton Farms.) Tickets to all Castleton Festival events are available from castletonfestival.org or by phone 540-937-4969 or toll-free 866-974-0767.

The Castleton Festival is an extension of the Castleton Residency program established by The Châteauville Foundation founded in 1997 by Maestro Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel to train and mentor young musicians. Over 120 professional and student artists are currently in residence at Castleton Farms preparing for 13 performances of four Britten chamber operas and two orchestral concerts.

New York Philharmonic concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow, will perform as soloist at the Castleton Festival Orchestra concert on Saturday, July 11 performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. All of the New York Philharmonic musicians are serving as mentors and teachers to the young musicians who are currently in residence at Castleton Farms.

In addition to the orchestra players, internationally renowned soprano Nancy Gustafson and Marlena Malas who holds faculty positions at the Juilliard School , the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of music and chairs the vocal program at the Chautauqua Institution are providing coaching and master classes to the 50 young singers participating in the program.

The Castleton Festival is the only American festival devoted to chamber opera. The four Britten operas to be performed include the premiere of a new production of The Turn of the Screw (July 3, 4, 5) as well as productions of The Beggar’s Opera (July 5, 12, 16, 18), The Rape of Lucretia (July 10, 11, 12) and Albert Herring (July 17, 18, 19) developed during past Castleton Residencies. All productions are directed by William Kerley and the orchestras comprised of musicians from the Royal College of Music in London and the Qatar Philarmonic Orchestra. The first performance of each opera, and the performance on Saturday, July 4, will be conducted by Maestro Maazel. Other performances will be conducted by three Castleton Fellows selected by Maestro Maazel, Timothy Myers (US), Jordi Bernàcer ( Spain ) and Andreas Weiser ( Germany ), who will also take part in conducting master classes.

Two symphonic concerts will be presented by the Castleton Festival Orchestra on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 19.

The Castleton Festival will also see the first annual series of master classes for 10 young conductors taught by Maestro Maazel and the Castleton Fellows. Two of these conducting classes will be open to the public on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 16 providing the first ever opportunity for people to observe Maestro Maazel teach. Rolex is the founding partner of the master classes.

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