Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren performed with Lorin Maazel and the Castleton Festival Orchestra at the 2011 BlackCreek Summer Music Festival at the Rexall Centre in Toronto, Canada on 29 June.
Maestro Maazel conducts the Castleton Festival Orchestra and the women’s voices of the Castleton Festival Chorus in a wondrous romantic program of music inspired by Shakespeare: three excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, highlighted by spoken performances of Shakespeare verses from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by two incomparable stars of both stage and motion pictures: the extraordinary pair of Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.
Jeremy and Helen’s portion of the performance began after intermission.
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Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival seems to get classier every year. It’s also spreading more often beyond the enveloping beauty of the conductor’s estate in Rappahannock County, Virginia.
One of those stretches will find Maazel leading the Castelton Festival Orchestra — made up of top-notch young professionals — in “Music Inspired by Shakespeare” on June 30 at Strathmore.
In addition to “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” there will be …
readings of Shakespeare by two of the most admired actors of our day: Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.
Tickets are $25-$150 and will be available through Strathmore’s Web site or by phone, 301-581-5100. Proceeds support the Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel’s Châteauville Foundation, which supports the festival and provides fellowships for participants from this country and abroad.
The Virginia portion of the festival, which runs June 25-July 24, includes productions of operas by Puccini, Ravel and Weill, among others, and several concerts.
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LORIN MAAZEL conducts CASTLETON FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA “MUSIC INSPIRED BY SHAKESEPEARE” with Shakespeare’s verses performed by Academy Award® winners, DAME HELEN MIRREN and JEREMY IRONS
Maestro Maazel conducts the Castleton Festival Orchestra and the women’s voices of the Castleton Festival Chorus in a wondrous romantic program of music inspired by Shakespeare: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, highlighted by spoken performances of Shakespeare verses from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by two incomparable stars of both stage and motion pictures: the extraordinary pair of Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.
The Castleton Festival in Virginia was founded in 2009 through the leadership of Lorin Maazel, and has quickly become a magnet for superb young vocal and instrumental artists. These musicians annually come to Castleton Farms to live and work together under the inspired guidance of one of the world’s preeminent conductors.
TORONTO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ – Beginning on June 4, 2011, with Plácido Domingo in concert, and with such renowned artists as James Taylor, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra to follow, the new BlackCreek Summer Music Festival will launch its inaugural season at the Rexall Centre on the grounds of York University in Toronto. The 2011 season spans 14 weeks, from June to September, and includes a wide array of programs by some of the most revered names in pop and jazz, along with rousing symphonic evenings, Broadway showstoppers, world music and iconic country artists, all performing “under the stars.”