Symphony Salon

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Roses or hydrangeas? With ribbons or without? Extra sparkle or just sparkle? The black and white theme chosen for June 2nd's Symphony Salon is of course carried through in the table decorations for dinner. Cathy Trombetta, chair for the event, says those attending may choose Gatsby-style or black and white attire if they wish to coordinate with the theme. Only 150 admissions will be sold for the luxe event at Greystone, the Shadyside mansion that Michael L. Benedum commissioned in 1915. 

Great Gatsby at Greystone

Pittsburgh Symphony Association’s Salon, called, “Great Gatsby at Greystone,” will be held this year in the Shadyside mansion built by Michael Late Benedum.  Only 150 tickets will be sold for the Sunday, June 2, dinner and chamber concert. All proceeds will be directly donated to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Michael L. Benedum gained fame and fortune as an oil and gas investor around the world. In 1911 he purchased eight acres high on a hill with spectacular views overlooking Shadyside because it looked down on the mansions of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and others by whom he felt slighted because of his West Virginia roots. He named the estate Greystone for the color of the stones from which it was built. Greystone survives while the mansions of Andrew Carnegie and many others of Pittsburgh’s Gilded Age do not.  

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Association for one night to see how an important Industrialist lived and enjoy the outstanding music from an ensemble from our wonderful Pittsburgh Symphony. 

NOTE: All parking will be at Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 5th Avenue. 

(Following five photographs courtesy Edward Adams)



It's Not ALL Work!

The Symphony Salon 2019 committee were guests of chair Cathy Trombetta for the April Book Club at the Duquesne Club to hear former Pittsburgher Heather Terrell, who as Marie Benedict writes the unsung stories of women at the center of history: The Only Woman in the Room, Carnegie's Maid, The Other Einstein. Her next book will be the story of Clementine Churchill.


Save the Date: June 2, 2019

Symphony Salon 2019 will be in an historic Shadyside mansion with pastiches of the elegant architecture and interiors of those who lived at the turn of last century. Take a peek behind these doors into the Gilded Age of Pittsburgh as one of the 150 lucky ones who can visit this home. You will learn the address when we are ready to take your reservations for this exclusive event. Meanwhile, put the date on your calendar. $200 per person.


Symphony Salon 2018
Fox Chapel

2016 Symphony Salon

Wilpen Hall

All photographs by  Kevin Smay r