Castleton Festival

U.S. conductor Lorin Maazel, who died in 2014, was one of the most sought-after and best-paid musicians, both in Europe and in the United States. But as early as in the 1960s, Maazel and his wife, German-born actress Dietlinde Turban-Maazel, bought a former chicken farm in a rural area in the U.S. state of Virginia. They recharged their energy in the remote environment, but it was not long until they started inviting renowned musicians with whom they were friends, like Mstislaw Rostropovich, Josť Carreras, Emanuel Ax, or Itzhak Perlman. What starated as music salons in a private setting began to draw ever wider circles, and in 2009, the moment had arrived for the Maazel couple to open their premises for mass audienes. It was the birth of the Castleton Festival, which became one of the musical attractions of the summer time. The audiences were able to admire superstars in an idyllic ambience. Now that Lorin Maazel has died, his widow, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, is fighting to keep the Castleton Festival alive. Giving the festival her own signature, she has to juggle a lot of different interests.

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