Castle­ton’s home­grown cham­ber duo: Satur­day

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - – ROGER PIANTADOSI

Serendip­ity plays a large role in gen­eral at the Maazels’ an­nual sum­mer mu­sic and opera fes­ti­val at their Castle­ton Farm (as any­one knows who’s left a per­for­mance feel­ing in­cred­i­bly lucky, if not also mo­men­tar­ily lost on an un­fa­mil­iar, un­paved lane). It also played a role in the birth of the Castle­ton Fes­ti­val Cham­ber Play­ers, who make their of­fi­cial de­but at 8 p.m. this Satur­day (Feb. 23) at Castle­ton’s The­atre House, as part of the Castle­ton in Per­for­mance fall-win­ter con­cert se­ries.

“We started chat­ting one day, and, as mu­si­cians do, you say, ‘Hey, do you want to play some­thing to­gether some­time?’ So dur­ing an orches­tra re­hearsal break, he came and sat next to me with his vi­o­lin,” says Daniel Lelchuk, the 23-year-old lead cel­list with the Castle­ton Fes­ti­val Orches­tra the past two sum­mers (and this sum­mer), speak­ing of Eric Sil­berger, the 24-year-old vi­o­lin­ist who came to play with the com­pany for the first time last year.

The two sat and played Beethoven’s C Ma­jor Duo, which both hap­pened to know by heart. “It’s an overused word, but there was a chem­istry,” Lelchuk says by phone from his home in New Hamp­shire. “It was just easy to play with each other.”

Then, when last sum­mer’s dere­cho winds killed the power at Castle­ton (and across much of the re­gion), serendip­ity again put Lelchuk and Sil­berger on a makeshift stage in the lobby to en­ter­tain the 250 folks who’d shown up for a can­celled “Car­men.” Mae­stro Lorin Maazel, hav­ing had his opera post­poned by power prob­lems, was among the crowd and liked what he heard.

The rest is his­tory – or so hope ris­ing soloist Sil­berger and Lelchuk, who’s hop­ing even­tu­ally to sign on with an orches­tra or opera com­pany – and you can hear it in the mak­ing by call­ing Castle­ton’s box of­fice at 866-974-0767 and get­ting your tick­ets ($35 to $50). At this July’s fes­ti­val, the Castle­ton Fes­ti­val Cham­ber Play­ers – with Sil­berger and Lelchuk at its core, and oth­ers join­ing for var­i­ous num­bers, as at this Satur­day’s con­cert – are al­ready on the sched­ule for sev­eral per­for­mances.

Daniel Lelchuk

Eric Sil­berger

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