Tuning Up Down On The Farm

Renowned conductor Lorin Maazel cultivates young talent on his rural Virginia estate

May 22, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

CASTLETON, VA. — CASTLETON, Va.-- --I was looking for a retreat," Lorin Maazel says, by way of explaining how he came to be a Virginia farm owner 18 years ago.

"I saw myself as the Solzhenitsyn of conductors," he says. "I would build a wall. No one would see me." A thin smile comes across Maazel's face. "But I'm really not the hermit type."

The Turn of the Screw conducted by Lorin Maazel, 7:30 tonight at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues, N.W. Tickets are $35 to $50. Call 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600.

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