Denyce Graves, Lorin Maazel to appear in Manassas

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. (Credit: Devon Cass)
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. (Credit: Devon Cass)

MANASSAS, Va., July 6, 2014 – For the fourth consecutive year, conductor and Castleton Festival director Lorin Maazel is bringing his annual music fest to GMU’s beautiful, state-of-the-art Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas for one night only: July 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. (Courtesy GMU)
Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. (Courtesy GMU)

Featuring the Castleton Festival Orchestra under Maestro Maazel’s baton*, this Hylton concert presentation will headline the artistry of D.C. native and a Washington area favorite, renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, in a program entitled “Music, Theater, Opera!”

Ms. Graves, “star of the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and many other great companies,” the Festival proclaims, “takes us on a flight of fancy that blurs the lines between the best of musical theater and the lyrical side of opera.”

Ms. Graves, whose signature roles over the years have included the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen” as well as the legendary Biblical seductress Delila in Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” has appeared here previously to great acclaim, and has also made notable appearances with the Washington National Opera and with the Wolf Trap Opera Company where she is a notable alumna of the program.

But her repertoire is not merely limited to opera, encompassing German and French art songs, contemporary pop music, Broadway musical theater favorites, jazz classics and American spirituals.

The Castleton Festival, which is held every summer at the Maazels’ bucolic farm estate in Rappahannock County, Va., has received international acclaim for its enormously successful residency program that fosters young artists, advanced students and emerging professionals. The Castleton Festival celebrates its sixth summer season this year.

For more than five decades, Lorin Maazel himself has one fame as one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after American conductors. Formerly the music director of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic, he recently became the music director of the Munich Philharmonic at the start of the 2012-2013 season.

* Note: Given Maestro Maazel’s recent bout of illness, reportedly a result of his exhausting schedule, Thursday’s concert may possibly be conducted by Castleton’s assistant conductor Brad Moore.

For tickets and information about the Castleton Festival at the Hylton:

Tickets for the Hylton event are priced at $30-$60. For further information, visit For more information about the Castleton Festival onsite in Rapahannock County, Virginia, visit

Getting there: The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit As of last year at least, signage could still be a bit confusing after you exit I-66 to visit the Center, so we suggest using your GPS. Or, for a map and directions, click this link.

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