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Shadyside Splendor Holiday Home Tour takes in 6 historic houses

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| Sunday, November 23, 2014 7:05 p.m
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Cathy Trombetta, Diane Unkovic, Millie Ryan, Arlene Sokolow, Frances Pickard and Susanne Wilkinson greet visitors outside the Mansions at Fifth during the Shadyside Splendor House Tour to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Novemeber 23, 2014.
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Ken and Marina Lehn welcome Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Maestro Manfred Honeck to their home during the Shadyside Splendor House Tour to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Novemeber 23, 2014.
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Owners Mary Del Brady and Richard Pearson stand on a stairway in the Mansions at Fifth during the Shadyside Splendor House Tour to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Novemeber 23, 2014.

A breathtaking tour through some of the East End’s grandest homes delighted a swell of nearly 2,000 admirers on Nov. 23 during the highly anticipated Shadyside Splendor Holiday Home Tour.

“This is a celebration of the homes that have remained and been loved over the years,” said chairwoman Millie Ryan.

Delicate notes from members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Tuesday Musical Club serenaded guests as they enjoyed magnificent holiday finery that adorned all six historic homes, some of which had never before been open to the public. As if that weren’t enough to cause a collective swoon, outside, carolers dotted Fifth Avenue while horse and carriage rides transported guests back in time.

A benefit for the Pittsburgh Symphonyhosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Association, the event capped off a tireless effort by a committee composed of co-chairs Frances Pickard, Arlene Sokolow, Cathy Trombetta, Diane Unkovic and Susanne Wilkinson, as well as Sue Breedlove, association prexy Mary Ann Craig, Jean Horne, Connie Phillips, Jen Sheib, Patty Snodgrass,Karen Viggiano and Signe Watson.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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