The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Castleton Festival this summer for the Castleton Festival at the Hylton. For the first time, the Castleton Festival musicians and singers will present three concerts at the Hylton Center in Manassas, in addition to the annual festival at the Castleton Farms estate in Rappahannock County, Va., held June 25 through July 24. These three performances will be exclusive to the Hylton Center, and Maestro Lorin Maazel, founder and artistic director of the Castleton Festival, will conduct each of these Castleton Festival at the Hylton concerts in the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall.
On Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m., the Castleton Festival brings a concert version of Gershwin's beloved opera, "Porgy and Bess" to the Hylton Center. In this concert version, the Castleton Festival artists perform some of the most memorable music of all time from this cherished opera, including “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You is my Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” “A Woman is a Sometime Thing,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” and “Summertime.” Patrick Blackwell and Reyna Carguill perform the roles of lovers Porgy and Bess, while John Fulton sings Crown and Chauncey Packer portrays Sportin’ Life.
On Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m., Castleton Festival at the Hylton continues with two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini - "Il tabarro" and "Gianni Schicchi." "Gianni Schicchi" will feature baritone Corey Crider in the title role, and Joyce El-Khoury as Gianni Schicchi's beloved daughter, Lauretta. El-Khoury is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
On Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m., Castleton Festival at the Hylton culminates with a concert of American music commemorating the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) featuring opera star and mezzo-soprano (and Washington, D.C. native) Denyce Graves. The concert will feature an evening of great American music by Ferde Grofe, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Foster. Joshua Weilerstein, winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors, will conduct Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story."