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Castleton Festival to provide free streaming of prime events

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If you can't venture into the Virginia countryside for the 2015 Castleton Festival, check out the streaming.

The 2015 Castleton Festival, the perennially enticing venture in rural Virginia founded and directed until his death last year by eminent conductor Lorin Maazel, will offer free online streaming of this season's main events -- "weather and technological issues permitting," as the press release puts it.

Of greater interest than ever, thanks to a particularly momentous session of the Supreme Court, is the world premiere of the comic opera "Scalia/Ginsburg" by Baltimore-born, Gilman School alum Derrick Wang.

That work, inspired by the opera-loving, diametrically opposed justices, will share a a double bill with Ravel's "L'heure espagnole." The production, directed by Maria Tucci and conducted by Salvatore Percacciolo, will be streamed at 7 p.m. July 11.

Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg

Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg

The first streamed performance will be of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" at 8 p.m. Friday. The opera, featuring young artists, will be directed by Dorothy Danner. The festival's principal conductor, Rafael Payare, will be on the podium.

Also on the schedule:

-- All American Band Concert, featuring various Castelton ensembles in music for the Fourth of July, under the direction of Col. John R. Bourgeois, former leader of the U.S. Marine Band (3 p.m. Saturday)

-- Justice Ginsburg's lecture on Law and Opera, interspersed with opera scenes performed by members of the Castleton Artists Training Seminar (2 p.m. July 11)

-- The Castleton Festival Orchestra performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 as a tribute to Maazel (2 p.m. July 12). The concert will be conducted by Payare and feature soprano Alessandra Marc, mezzo Denyce Graves, tenor Stanford Olsen and bass-baritone Eduardo Chama.

-- The orchestra will also perform Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and, with soloist Alessandro Taverna, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, led by Metropolitan Opera principal conductor Fabio Luisi (2 p.m. July 19)

-- Jazz at Lincoln Center Academy All-Stars with Wynton Marsalis (7 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 1; 3 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 2)

In addition to the live streaming,  subsequent on-demand showings through the festival's website.


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