Salute to Castleton's Future

  • Sun, Oct 2, 2022 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mount Prospect

    30 Mount Prospect Lane
    Washington, Virginia 22747
Ticket Price $250.00 This event is now over


Join us for a convivial evening in support of the Castleton Festival, featuring the Castleton Chamber Players:  violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Daniel Lelchuk, with special guests tenor Paul Groves, pianist Orion Weiss, and Bass-Baritone Davóne Tines.

Generously hosted by Chuck & Dee Akre at their stunning Barn of Mount Prospect in historic “little" Washington, Virginia, a savory menu of musical offerings will be framed by Cocktails and a Gourmet Buffet.

All five artists share a deep connection to Castleton: 

World-renowned virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger, “passionate and rhapsodic” (The Washington Post) cellist Daniel Lelchuk – also known for his fascinating Podcast “TALKING BEATS," Davóne Tines,  “one of the most powerful voices of our time” (Los Angeles Times), and pianist Orion Weiss, a "brilliant pianist" (The New York Times) with "powerful technique and exceptional insight" (The Washington Post), and soprano Jessica Fishenfeld, a “stand out” (New York Times) - they all started very young at the Castleton Festival under the mentorship of Lorin Maazel. Davóne is heralded as "The immensely gifted American Bass-Baritone” who “advanced the field of classical music” (THE NEW YORK TIMES). This “NEXT GENERATION LEADER” (TIME MAGAZINE) is a path-breaking artist at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics. His work blends Opera, Spirituals, Gospel, and Anthems, as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance and human connection.

We need your support to continue our mission!

After our first cautious, Covid-anxious attempts to stage Chamber Music Residencies in early 2021, with health-restricted audiences and a primary focus on recording and streaming, Castleton is now blossoming into a much sought-after Retreat for renowned Artists and their professional students allowing young people through full immersion in bucolic Virginia to find their path as artists and humans.

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro was a huge success this past June. A minimalistic staging and orchestration with English narrative and phenomenal acting enchanted opera veterans and 'newbies' alike. We need to create more opportunities like this for young singers to appear in such accessible Opera productions.

Parents have approached us to create a SUZUKI program where young children have access to early childhood music lessons at Castleton.

Under the guidance of International Percussionist, Educator, and Resident Artist Tom Teasley, we are in the process of building an interactive SOUND GARDEN for the general public to experience the power of sound vibration, drumming circles, and healing sound baths, in conjunction with Yoga and Creative Eco Events to help enhance environmental consciousness.

Your support will help us continue and expand these profoundly life-changing experiences at Castleton.

Date & Time

Sun, Oct 2, 2022 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

Mount Prospect

30 Mount Prospect Lane
Washington, Virginia 22747 Mount Prospect
Castleton Festival

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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