You Are My Everything!

  • Theatre House

    664 Castleton View Road
    Castleton, Virginia 22716
Ticket Price $15.00-$40.00 This event is now over
Description

A Castleton–USC Immersion Residency

“You are my everything!” a musical journey into Romanticism at its most exalted. Join us for an afternoon of vocal works by Robert and Clara Schumann featuring tenor Dominic Armstrong, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, and pianist Joel Harder, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina School of Music students.


“You are my everything!” wrote the 21-year-old piano prodigy Clara Wieck to the 30-year-old music journalist and composer Robert Schumann shortly before their wedding. It had taken them years to fight for Clara’s father to agree to their marriage. Robert’s enthusiasm for the world of song, poetry and the human voice was boundless, and he composed incessantly, while Clara, a celebrated pianist, composed as well, toured Europe, performed Robert’s music, took care of the household, and, along the way, gave birth to seven children. A husband in the shadow of a successful wife? Clara, a forgotten composer? Their deep connection was always about collaboration and reciprocity, mutual respect and admiration, love and encouragement. Two people, deeply enmeshed, always listening and sharing in their music. After Robert fell ill and died in a mental asylum at the age of 46, Clara contributed more than anyone else to the dissemination of his works and to his fame as a composer. 

“Art is a beautiful gift. What, indeed, is more beautiful than to clothe one’s feelings in sound, what a comfort in sad hours, what a pleasure, what a wonderful feeling, to provide an hour of happiness to others. And what a sublime feeling to pursue art so that one gives one’s life for it.”

Robert and Clara Schumann: a great love story that is exemplary, tragic, poignant, and modern.

 

 

 

COVID-19 POLICY: 

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.

Venue Details

Theatre House

664 Castleton View Road
Castleton, Virginia 22716 Theatre House
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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