Nature, Architecture and Music Promise a Memorable Fallingwater Twilight Tour
Thu, Jul 24th 2008, 09:50. Filed under News Releases.
(Pittsburgh and Mill Run, Pennsylvania, July 24, 2008) The 14th Annual Fallingwater® Twilight Tour and Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous architectural masterpiece in Mill Run, Pa.
Experience this special evening that begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the bridge and a leisurely self-guided tour of the house.
The Twilight Tour provides a unique opportunity for guests to experience, at their own pace, the house the U.S. Department of the Interior nominated to its United States Tentative List, which will be submitted to the United Nations for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List. The list recognizes the world's most significant cultural and natural treasures, including such wonders as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Taj Mahal.
Guests are invited to explore the more than 950 works of art contained inside the house, and take in the natural beauty awaiting them outside. Bear Run, a local stream, is memorable to both eye and ear as it dramatically cascades directly beneath the house before continuing its winding journey through the breathtaking Laurel Highlands.
As dusk descends, follow the lantern-lit path to the meadow where a gourmet picnic dinner waits as the sounds of Bear Run and the cool jazz of Lisa Ferraro and her trio fill the evening air. With a distinctive vocal style of interpreting jazz classics, Ferraro has performed with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops and released five compact disc recordings.
Fallingwater is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most widely acclaimed works. Designed in 1935 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann, the key to the setting of the house is the waterfall over which it was built. Edgar J. Kaufmann jr. (sic) once described Fallingwater as “a great lantern in the forest, giving shape to the dark.” This annual Twilight Tour gives guests the opportunity to view the house as he and his family did.
In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann jr. entrusted Fallingwater, including the house, its contents and grounds to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Fallingwater is the only remaining great Wright house with its setting, original furnishings and artwork intact. The Conservancy preserves the house, collections and surrounding landscape as a public museum and living work of art.
Tickets for the August 23 Fallingwater Twilight Tour and Dinner fundraiser are $200 per person ($175 per person for members of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy). A portion of the price of this event is tax-deductible and proceeds from the evening support the continued preservation of Fallingwater. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased before August 15, 2008.
For reservations, call 724-329-8501.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.