Quintessentially Mozart - Saturday Performance
We have a limited amount of Student Tickets for this event, please call the box office at 540-937-3454.
What better way to celebrate spring than to revel in some of the most sublime chamber music ever composed, blended with culinary delights, insights, and scintillating company?
Artistic Director Dietlinde Turban Maazel and the renowned Castleton Chamber Players will present the “Quintessentially Mozart” Festival on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, featuring performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s six string quintets—rarely performed together—plus a one-on-one conversation between New York Times best-selling food columnist and author Melissa Clark and Castleton Chamber Player cellist and podcaster Daniel Lelchuk.
On Saturday, audience members will have the opportunity to meet Melissa Clark and the Chamber Players at a reception and book-signing immediately after the conversation.
The Castleton Chamber Players, led by internationally acclaimed violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Daniel Lelchuk, will be joined by violinist Eric Gratz, and violists Michael Strauss and Katherine Murdock to complete the quintet. Gratz, former concert master of the San Antonio Symphony, Strauss, faculty member at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown, and Murdock, who is a professor of viola at the University of Maryland School of Music, all have distinguished international careers as soloists, ensemble players, and recording artists with some of the world’s most revered orchestras and chamber groups.
“This is a unique opportunity to hear these six exquisite chamber pieces performed together, which is as unusual as it is exciting,” raves Dietlinde. “These works represent the full range of Mozart’s genius as it evolved from the first, written when he was 17 years old, to the last, written in 1791, the year he died.”
The April 22 concert will be followed by a gala dinner in Castleton’s Great Room and, preceding the concert on April 23, there will be a champagne brunch.
After careful consideration, we changed our policy in February, 2023 and no longer require proof of vaccine or masks. However, mask-wearing is always welcome and respectfully encouraged, especially for those who are not vaccinated. If you don't feel well on the day of the performance, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss a refund or voucher for future performances.
Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County.
Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken coop for 15,000 hens converted to a “mini-Globe” European-style theatre with one of the finest acoustics in the world.
There are four primary themes to Castleton’s present activities:
- Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s Legacy, his home, his music library, and his composing studio, together with performing in the Theatre House and experiencing the bucolic surroundings, imbues the artists with inspiration. Residencies to date have exceeded all expectations culminating in numerous recordings, some available via streaming on Castleton’s website.
- Castleton in Mentorship (CiM): Artists in Residence are encouraged to make time available to teach Master Classes to high potential students from the local community. The Artists are also invited to bring their own students to participate in the unique experience.
- Castleton in Conversation (CiC): In collaboration with Daniel Lelchuk’s Talking Beats podcast, Castleton offers a new series which engages an extraordinary diversity of guests such as writers, musicians, scientists, entertainers, and thinkers in captivating and spirited dialogue. The common link between all is a passion for music.
- Castleton in Performance (CiP), a year-round series, offers a multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, chamber opera, and dance, brings internationally acclaimed artists into our own backyard. Eminent performers have included Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Pepe Romero, Alec Baldwin, and Claire Bloom.
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