Castleton in Performance is committed to presenting engaging and unique seasons to both cultivate and nurture the community and its love for the arts.
Castleton in Performance (CiP) was the prelude to what would eventually become the Castleton Festival. Originally operating under the umbrella of the Châteauville Foundation, CiP began on that famous Summer Solstice day on June 21, 1997, when the late Maestro Lorin Maazel inaugurated the Theatre House on Castleton Farms (a former chicken stable for 15,000 chicken converted to a “mini-Globe” European style pocket theatre) together with his renowned friends: cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Yefim Bronfman.
In the over eighteen years since, CiP has given audiences in Rappahannock County a once in a lifetime multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, opera, and dance brings premier artists into our own backyard in the foothills of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. Eminent artists have included José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, José Carreras, Sir James Galway, the Paris Piano Trio, Carter Brey & Christopher O’Riley, Mariachi Los Camperos Group, Chinese traditional soloists Wu Man and Ma Xiaohui, classical guitarists Pepe Romero and Berta Rojas, and modern and Indian dance companies.