We began our week-long concert series at Edgewater on Sunday, September 17th, graced with a warm and sunny late-summer afternoon. Dick Jenrette graciously opened his home to over sixty friends and supporters, who enjoyed cocktails and light fare on Edgewater’s front porch overlooking the lush Catskill Mountains, just steps from the banks of the Hudson River. Prior to the concert, a small group joined CAHPT Co-President Peter Kenny for an exclusive tour of the house, detailing the history of its owners and the lineage of the furniture and art on display, much of it original to the home. Susan Donaldson’s early 1800s harp and portrait, for example, still reside in the Red Room today, representing the long tradition of music at Edgewater.
Shortly after 4 o’clock guests gathered in the Octagon Library, which was set up for the first time as a concert space with most of the furniture removed and a piano in place of Dick’s writing desk. Robert deMaine and Simon Adda-Reyss welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction before playing a beautiful rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Sonata in C Minor No. 1”, followed by an original composition by deMaine, “From Twelve Études – Caprices for Violoncello Solo”. The octagon room, with its high octagonal-domed ceiling, seemed designed for music – the cello and piano echoing throughout the home, and even across the property. Guests had a chance to step outside for a refreshment during intermission before reconvening in the Octagon Library for the final piece in the program, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata in G Minor”. The evening concluded with a beautiful sunset, lighting up the estate and gardens as guests departed to make their way home.