Many members agree that the clubroom of the Propylaeum seems made for chamber music. Over seventy Prop members and guests attending the 17th Annual Salon
Society Event, got to experience the beauty of a live chamber performance on April 28, 2019.
Austin Huntington, principal cellist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by R. Kent Cook on piano, performed selections from Boccherini, Mendelsson, and Brahms. Huntington is one of the youngest principal musicians in the Unites States.
Following the performance a silent and live auction was conducted in the carriage house. Members and guests had the opportunity to bid on items ranging from unique experiences, to theater tickets, to Scotch and bourbon baskets. A highlight of the evening was a wine pull, where attendees paid $20 to select a wine cork from a basket corresponding to bottles of wine ranging in price from $20—$200 each.
At the end of the auction, Executive Director, Liz Ellis asked guests to support a matching grant from the Department of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. The DHPC will provide $50,000 in grants to organizations who can meet their guidelines and match the dollar amounts. In under five minutes $25,000 of the $50,000 was raised.
The evening concluded with dinner in the mansion.
The Salon Society Event is an enjoyable evening and raises funds to continue the mission of the Propylaeum.