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by Eric last modified May 27, 2011

If you love great music and amazing architecture, then you will not want to miss "The Common Pattern," a suite of performances taking place at a series of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings. Details after the jump... As stated in a recent press release: Two Madison, Wis., homes that reflect landmark design concepts of Frank Lloyd Wright will be venues for intimate house concerts this summer, guided by people who have lived in and maintained lifelong...




 

 

Picture 1 If you love great music and amazing architecture, then you will not want to miss "The Common Pattern," a suite of performances taking place at a series of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings. Details after the jump...

As stated in a recent press release:

Two Madison, Wis., homes that reflect landmark design concepts of Frank Lloyd Wright will be venues for intimate house concerts this summer, guided by people who have lived in and maintained lifelong love affairs with them.

A third home—Wright’s own Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis.—will host an elegant dinner party featuring a concert of Beethoven sonatas by  Van Cliburn-award winning pianist Christopher Taylor and saluting the Centennial anniversary of Taliesin.

The Jacobs I house, the first of two homes that Wright designed for Madison newspaperman Herbert Jacobs and his wife Katherine, was started in 1936 in the Westmorland neighborhood on Madison’s west side. It underlaid Wright’s developing Usonian concept – the then-radical idea that even people of modest means could own their own homes. The floorplan is small but open, elegant in its simplicity.

Concerts in Jacobs I will be held on June 12 and August 7 and will include complimentary refreshments. Susan Jacobs Lockhart, daughter of the original owners, will speak, answer questions, and give tours. Dawn Laucer, flute, and Mary Ann Harr, harp, will present a classical music performance.

On June 26, a much earlier Wright home will be the setting for a concert featuring the Shumi String Quartet. The 1908 Gilmore House in the University Heights district is affectionately known as the “Airplane House” because its double-cantilevered design gives the impression the house is soaring off the edge of the hillside. Complimentary champagne and treats will be provided by the owner. She has maintained the house, built for her grandparents, in pristine condition.

 Programs at both Madison houses begin at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are $95 per person, of which $75 is tax deductible.

The Sept. 4 Taliesin program begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails in Wright’s home, followed by dinner overseen by Madison Club’s executive chef Dan Fox and a concert in Taliesin’s historic Hillside theater. Taylor will perform on a newly restored, 104-year-old Steinway concert grand piano acquired by Wright from the University of Wisconsin. Tickets are $250 per person, of which $200 is tax deductible.

Reservations for these concerts may be made by calling 866-530-7528, extension 481. All proceeds will support programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Image via taliesin.edu



 

 

 
 
 

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