In today's Sun: A preview of the 2011 Castleton Festival
If you haven't made the trip down to Rappahannock County to experience the Castleton festival, you ought to give it a try.
Yeah, the drive isn't all a lark from Baltimore, but once you're out on those rolling county roads, you'll leave your cares and troubles behind.
I've got a story about the 2011 festival in today's Sun, so I won't go on and on here. I'll just add that the cool factor of Castleton is considerable.
First of all, it means you get to be on the gorgeous estate of stellar conductor Lorin Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban Maazel. It really is a welcoming, calming place.
And most of the opera and orchestral performances are ...
Then you have the caliber of the performances by fine young artists who are showcased in the festival.
So I'd say there's more than enough reason to take the drive. But, this summer, that drive doesn't have to be all the way into the hills. For the first time, there will be some Castleton events at Strathmore and the Hylton Center in Manassas, too.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CASTLETON FESTIVAL