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Hylton Performing Arts Center Present Castleon Festival

Contributed by George Mason







WITH DENYCE GRAVES, mezzo-soprano

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.

MANASSAS, Va., May 28, 2014 – World-renowned conductor and Castleton Festival founder Lorin Maazel returns to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas to present “Music, Theater, Opera!” as part of the Castleton Festival at the Hylton, which comes to the Hylton Center on Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m. for the fourth consecutive summer. This performance is unique to the Hylton Center and complements the 2014 Castleton Festival events that take place at the Castleton Farms estate this summer from June 28 through July 20, 2014.

In this stellar performance, international opera superstar and Washington, D.C. native Denyce Graves joins Maestro Maazel and the Castleton Festival Orchestra to perform a program of lush vocal splendors from the operatic and musical theater repertoire. Graves, who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House and many other prestigious companies, takes audiences on a flight of fancy that blurs the lines between the best of musical theater and the lyrical side of opera. Graves is perhaps best known for her title roles in Bizet’s “Carmen” and in Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” but has also enchanted audiences with her impressive repertoire spanning everything from German lieder, French mélodie and English art song to popular music from Broadway musicals, jazz 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 has been one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors. Formerly the music director of the New York Philharmonic and Spain’s Palau de les Arts “Reina Sofia,” he recently became the music director of the Munich Philharmonic at the start of the 2012-2013 season. He also guest conducts with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Maestro Maazel and his wife, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, established the Chateauville Foundation in 1997 and the Castleton Festival in 2009.

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Tickets for the CASTLETON FESTIVAL AT THE HYLTON’S “MUSIC, THEATER, OPERA!” performance are $60, $45 and $30. Special discount packages are also available for subscribers to the Hylton Center’s Hylton Presents season. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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 Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.


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