Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Music in the Mansion

The Fenyes Mansion at the Pasadena Museum of History looks so bright in the sun it'll make you squint. I was nosing around on their website, and did you know they're going to have opera singers? In the mansion? That's so intimate. And so—I don't know—rich.

It's called Music in the Mansion: Timeless Treasures, and the first of three concerts is Tuesday, April 8th. (Go here and scroll down.) You still have time to call for reservations at 626-577-1660, ext. 10.

If opera's not your thing, there's other stuff to do at the PM of H: wander the gardens, browse the museum exhibits, tour the Fenyes Mansion.

My favorite thing about the mansion: almost all the furnishings are original, down to the lace curtains imported by the original owner more than 100 years ago. That's not only rich, it's rare. And so—I don't know—intimate.

12 comments:

Palm Axis said...

By following your link, I discovered I missed the 100 Years of Women's Purses. Dang!. Anyhow, I'm glad you posted the Fenyes Mansion. Few are aware of it's existence and it's super cool. I like the Finnish peasant shack in the garden.
Come take a walk on PA's latest post.

Katie said...

What a great photo of an amazing looking building! Yes it looks pretty bright down there; nothing like a white building against that fabulous blue sky. I think it would be awesome to hear some opera in such a magnificent setting. Yes, intimate indeed! Another place to put on my list of places to visit in Pasadena!

Petrea said...

Palm: I'm always interested in what's new on your blog so thanks for checking in. Can't believe that "few are aware" of the existence of the Fenyes Mansion. It's right there on Orange Grove & Walnut, easy parking, gorgeous... My kind of place.

Katie: I'm not sure which room they'll use, but there's a wonderful gallery where the original owner painted. (She was talented and they have many of her paintings.) The gallery reminds me of a miniature Victorian operating theatre. It would be a great place to hear beautiful music.

Bernie K. said...

I took my Aunt Myra to the exhibit called "The Purse and the Person," which confused her. "Who is it?" she kept asking. "Who is who?" I said. "The person?" she said. "Is there a special guest?" Come to find out she thought Coco Chanel was going to be there (Myra's 87). But we enjoyed the show; only my crazy mother's sister would be so charmed by a faux lamé reticule …

AraratDailyPhoto said...

Yeah - rooly rich!
And fancy!
Can you sneak in and take some secret photos?
Go on - I dare ya!

Petrea said...

Bernie, you made that up just so you could say "reticule."

Ooh, Ararat, wouldn't that be just the thing?

Bernie K. said...

Noooo, it's the whole phrase: faux lamé reticule … faux lamé reticule … & that's NOT why I made it up!

Fritzthecat said...

Loved the photo, beautiful building, and the text. Maybe you'd also like to add your photos of Pasadena to trivago. We are a community of inspired travelers who love to provide info for other travelers.

hollynoel said...

That is such a gorgeous picture!

Petrea said...

Thank you, hollynoel! It's a gorgeous place. Hard to take a bad picture.

Levi Clancy said...

I was one of the docents-in-training (the only male) at the folding tables at the Fenyes Mansion's foyer. Diane introduced you to us, and just this moment I had the good sense to follow the URL you told us. It is a delight to see that you are capturing Pasadena.

Thank you for honoring the museum (as well as all of us docents, we are volunteers) by taking photos. Looking forward to seeing your entries for many more moons!

Godspeed,

Levi

Petrea said...

Hi Levi,
You had to go pretty far back to find this post! Thanks for looking through the blog. I'm glad you enjoy it and I hope you'll continue to return.