Five Concerts in FLW-Designed Homes

General / Places / May 13, 2011

A series of four house concerts in suburban Chicago and one in southwestern Wisconsin during the next few months will raise funds for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

The season finale will be held at Taliesin, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

“Last year’s concerts raised more than $40,000,” said Sandra Shane DuBow of the sponsoring organization, Taliesin Table.  “With the funds, we were able to repair the Steinway piano at Taliesin, and help with faculty salaries also.”

Wright established the School of Architecture as the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932.  The school is fully accredited and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture.  The school operates seasonally between Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis. and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The series opens on May 15, 2011 at the Coonley House in Riverside, Ill. and concludes at Taliesin on Sep. 4, 2011. 

The first four concerts will be hosted on Sundays at 1 p.m., and tickets are $95 apiece. The Taliesin event begins with a reception in the living room at Taliesin at 5 p.m., followed by a formal dinner and concert in the Hillside Theater on Wright’s estate.  The ticket price is $250.  A portion of all the ticket price is tax deductible.

Concerts include:

May 15, 2011, Coonley House, Riverside Ill.: Musicmakers, violin and viola duo.  The owners will give a tour of the estate, including its terraced gardens and pool.  There are 50 tickets available for this concert.

June 12, 2011 and August 7, 2011, Jacobs House, Madison, Wis.:  Dawn Lawler will play the flute and Mary Ann Harr will play the harp.  Tour from Susan Jacobs Lockhart, who lived in the home as a young girl.  There are 45 tickets available.

June 26, 2011, Gilmore House, Madison, Wis.: The Shumi String Quartet, will play a classic ensemble, and the current homeowner will serve complimentary champagne and early summer refreshments.  There are 45 tickets available for this concert.

Sep. 4, 2011, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wis.:  Reception in the living room at Taliesin and a formal dinner in the Hillside dining room.  Concert from pianist and Van Cliburn Award winner, Christopher Taylor in the Hillside Theater.  There are 90 tickets available.

To purchase tickets for the Taliesin Home Concert Series, call 1-866-530-7528 ext. 481.

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Michael Welton




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3 Comments

on May 13, 2011

Last year the concerts sold out, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets! Thanks to Mark Hertzberg who provided many of the great photos in the slideshow above. See his blog, Wright in Racine at http://www.wrightinracine.com.

As always, wonderful piece, Mike.

on May 13, 2011

These concerts demonstrate the profound relationship between music and architecture – and Wright was certainly talented at both. Thanks for the great post!

on May 13, 2011

I always enjoy Mike’s pieces. Love the photos and hope to make it to one of the concerts.



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