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Pittsburgh Symphony Association to Host Shadyside Splendor

Oct 31, 2014 12:54PM ● By Veronica Tucker
To kick off the 2014 holiday season, the Pittsburgh Symphony Association will host Shadyside Splendor on Sunday, November 23, from noon to 5 p.m. Shadyside Splendor is a walking tour of six architecturally and historically unique homes and gilded-age mansions beautifully decorated for the holidays. All homes are within walking distance of each other, and docents will share their knowledge at each.

Diane Unkovic, co-chair of Shadyside Splendor, explained how the event was born. “Millie Ryan, an active member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Association, wanted to find a unique way to meet a financial challenge grant from EQT/Giant Eagle. Like the Barefoot Contessa takes a classic recipe and adds a new twist to make it spectacular, Millie decided to do a first-ever PSO house tour.”

Plans began in May for this exciting opportunity for the community as well as for the Pittsburgh Symphony Association. “We thought it would be fitting to focus on this unique area of Shadyside for our first PSO house tour because the people who lived in Shadyside were the industrialists who invested in the orchestra that became the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony,” shared Unkovic. “Each of these homes has a story to tell of how the past and present coexist in this unique Pittsburgh neighborhood.”

And what would an event benefitting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra be without music? “All those attending will be treated to classical ensembles performing holiday music at each venue,” said Unkovic.

The cost to attend this magical event is $55 per reserved ticket, which can be purchased through ShowClix at, at symphony concerts or through five area retailers including Maser Galleries, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Lee Heckman Custom Framing, The Hostess Gift Shop and SOHO. Walk-up tickets may be purchased at the event for $65.

For more information, visit the PSO website at or call 412-392-3303.