Castleton in Performance



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 211997, 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.

2015-2016 Season

Sunday, September 20, 2015: Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes All-Woman Jazz Orchestra are steeped in the tradition of the masters, but forge ahead with a style all their own, bringing generations together. Proceeds will benefit the Fauquier High School band programs.

Sunday, November 8, 2015: Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra are joined by Ellington biographer John Edward Hasse for a multi-media performance about the life, times and music of Duke Ellington. Dr. Hasse is the founder of the SJMO, and Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian.

Sunday, December 6, 2015: U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Orchestra brings us Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, an arrangement remarkable for its reimagining of the iconic ballet suite. The program will continue with additional holiday and big band favorites. Admission is free.

Sunday, December 20, 2015: Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton: Celtic Consort
Allow yourself to be enchanted with evocative Christmas and holiday music from Ireland, Galician Spain, and Scotland. Enjoy carols, ancient airs, and traditional Irish music, rendered exquisitely on Celtic harp, lute, guitars, mandolin, viola da gamba, flutes of wood and silver, and percussion.

Sunday, February 21, 2016: Argentine bandoneon virtuoso and composer JP Jofre has placed his personal stamp on tango tradition, is frequently featured in The New York Times, and has headlined countless concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. A mainstay of the New York world music scene, Jofre plays the ‘AA’ bandoneon by BandionFabrik Klingenthal and performs regularly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sunday, March 20, 2016: National Heritage Award recipient Wayne Henderson is a luthier and renowned Appalachian guitar player. Wayne tours the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, showcasing his lightning fast, articulate playing. He will be joined by singer, fiddler, and tunesmith Helen White, whose compositions include works for theatre and video projects. Helen founded and served as Executive Director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program for 15 years.

Sunday, May 15, 2016: The young Russian concert pianist Sergey Tukachev comes to Castleton from Moscow, courtesy of the Keyboard Trust. A veteran of numerous competitions, Tukachev is poised to take his place in the international concert scene.

Past Performances


Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano
Bach: A Three Part Invention
“La Boite A Joujoux” with the Salzburg Marionette Theater
Hidden Music – Featuring the Music of “Shahin”
U.S. Army Blues
JALC & CiP Present: Marcus Printup & Ken Peplowski
Tom Teasley – Percussion & Multimedia Artist
“A Time to Break Silence” with Alec Baldwin
“Sounds of Spring” concert by the Dancing Heart Ensemble


Jianing Kong, Piano
Latin Ballet of Virginia
The Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle
The United States Army Chorus
Evelyne Berezovsky, piano
Recital with Flutist and Composer Ben MacDougall
Special Event: “A Time to Break Silence”
Stephanie Nakasian with the Hod O’Brien Trio


“A Time to Break Silence” with SALT Opera
Crystal Concert performed by Dean Shostak
Guitar Recital by Berta Rojas/Magdalena Duhagon
Indian Classical Dance
Leipzig Quartet & Dietlinde Turban
Leland Faulkner in “World of Wonder”
Daniele Rinaldo, piano
Vitaly Pisarenko, piano
Tomáš Kubínek in a Solo Performance
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine in an all Paganini Solo Recital


Berta Rojas, guitar
Farm Follies – an Evening of Arias, Songs, Piano Duets, and Holiday Music
Michail Lifits
Nathan Gunn, baritone
Parisii Quartet, piano
Sasha Grynyuk, piano
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
String Ensemble: Die Turbans
The Leipzig String Quartet


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