Centuries-old Paris Salon Tradition
Comes to Life in Boalsburg
Audiences and Artists to Mix and Mingle at Local Benefit Event May 11
Madame de Genlis (1746-1830) was a prolific French writer and educator famous for her salons in Paris where intellectuals, artists and high society mixed, including the minister Talleyrand, the philosopher Voltaire and the painter Jacques-Louis David. Tolstoy, Balzac and Jane Austen all wrote about her.
On May 11, her family salon tradition will be brought to life in Boalsburg by her descendant, Christopher Lee, at “Music at the Boal Mansion,” a salon and concert offered to the public. Lee is the CEO of the Boal Mansion Museum.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear the music close up and personal,” says Penn State inaugural laureate and cellist Kim Cook who is organizing the musicians for the special event. “It’s also a chance to chat with the performers about the music they are playing which will include compositions by Bach, Beethoven and Bruch.”
The intimate Boal Mansion ambience is reminiscent of the great houses of Europe at the time of Beethoven. Guests will sip champagne and taste abundant fine food from sixteen regional restaurants and then sit down to a concert by a distinguished slate of classical musicians.
Joining Cook will be violinist James Lyon, concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra; violist Timothy Deighton, National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand; and more including Sue Haug, pianist, and Jennifer Trost, soprano, and what Cooks calls, “some fun and lighter music including the newest member of the Penn State music faculty; Naomi Seidman, flutist, performing duets with her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter.”
The Boal Mansion is a nationally registered historic site in Boalsburg near State College and is open to the public May through October. The site includes the centuries-old Columbus Chapel imported from Spain to Boalsburg 100 years ago by Colonel Theodore Davis Boal whose wife was a descendant of Christopher Columbus.
“Music at the Boal Mansion” takes place at 7 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 163 Boal Estate Drive in Boalsburg. Tax-deductible tickets are $75 per person and benefit both historic preservation and Penn State University’s “Music at Penn’s Woods” which takes place in June. For reservations, contact the Boal Mansion Museum at 814-466-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, access http://boalmuseum.com.
Lee, who also is president of the Central Pennsylvania Musicians Association, calls “Music at the Boal Mansion,” now in its 35th year, “an enduring cultural benefit of living in this community.”