The Fabbri Mansion on E. 95th Street in New York has a fantastic history going back to 1914, when it was built for Edith Shepard Fabbri, a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The centerpiece of the house is the libary, with its exquisite paneling, balustrade gallery, and monumental fireplace, all of which date back to a 15th century palace in Italy, from which large sections were transported by boat during World War I. Fritz Kreisler performed at the housewarming party in 1916. The house today is known as The House of the Redeemer, and serves a multitude of benevolent purposes.
On Thursday, February 19, 2009, the library was the venue for a
Music Mountain 80th Season Celebration, featuring a recital of duets
for violin and cello by
parnas. The event was hosted by the gracious president
of Music Mountain, Nicholas Gordon. No one could ask for a more
beautiful, historic setting for chamber music. The wonderful, capacity audience
loved every minute of the performance, and we are very grateful to Nick and
Estelle for all the work they do in support of the art of chamber music.