The evening began with Dietlinde Turban Maazel, wife of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, introducing a sentimental film in honor of the Maestro's dedication to aspiring musicians. Alec Baldwin, joined by his wife Hilaria Baldwin in the audience, introduced the artists and performances.
“Zueignung” by Richard Strauss performed by Stephen Saharic
“Quia Fecit Mihi Magna” from Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Davone Tines
“Ain’t It A Pretty Night?” from Susannah by Carlysle Floyd performed by Cristin Colvin
“Ah! Lève-Toi, Soleil!” from Roméo Et Juliette by Charles Gounod performed by Vale Rideout
“Carmen Fantasie” by Franz Waxman performed by Eric Silberger
“La Ci Darem La Mano” from Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart performed by Cristin Colvin and Stephen Saharic
“Sonnet” by Benjamin Britten performed by Vale Rideout
“What If This Present?” from Holy Sonnets Of John Donne performed by Vale Rideout
“Winter Words” from The Choirmaster’s Burial performed by Vale Rideout
“Were You There / Every Time” “I Feel The Spirit” performed by Davone Tines
“O Soave Fanciulla” from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini performed by Cristin Colvin and Vale Rideout
“Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt performed by Lang Lang
“Nocturne C-Sharp Minor” by Frédéric Chopin performed by Lang Lang
Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a warm message saying “Music is a universal language and a powerful aspect of human expression, and we recognize and treasure the efforts of those who generously share their musical abilities for the enjoyment and edification of others. I commend Artistic and Executive Director Dietlinde Turban Maazel and all those affiliated with the Castleton Festival. I applaud, as well, those who come together this evening, for their unwavering support and generous involvement that contributes so significantly to the important master artist mentoring programs.”
Notable guests included Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire, Sharon Bush, Annie Bergen, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Cece Cord, Alexander Dubé, Francine de Plessix Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Gund Kathleen Hearst, Maria Christine Anzola and John Heimann, Orson Maazel, Ilann Maazel, Priyah Maazel, Leslie Maazel, Pilar and Juan Pablo Molyneux, Sarah and Guy Peyrelongue, Sana Sabbagh, Barbara and John Schumacher, Oscar Tang, Cia Toscanini, Adrienne and Gigi Vittadini, and Christopher Wall.
All the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Castleton Festival, founded by Maestro Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, in 2009, which brings renowned artists and rising stars together for a summer of performances and tutelage in Rappahannock County, Virginia. The 2015 Festival will take place from June 27 to August 2, including two weekends of performances presented by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Castleton Festival has grown to become a world-class performance venue that also serves as a national educational resource for young artists and emerging opera and orchestral stars. The primary focus is opera and also includes orchestral and chamber music, theatre, as well as Bluegrass and July 4th concert band performances.
Photography by Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com