The Mount to Host What do Decorating and Composing have in Common? An Evening with Michael Simon

(Lenox, MA)— The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a presentation entitled: What do Decorating and Composing Have in Common? with decorator Michael Simon on Wednesday, October 19th at the The National Society of Colonial Dames in New York City. This event is presented by The Mount Interiors Committee. Proceeds will establish a fund to aid the re-creation of the original style and ambience of The Mount’s interiors. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow at 7 p.m.

“If I am a good designer, it’s because Stephen Sondheim taught me how to write music,” says Michael Simon, the New York based composer-turned-designer and Mount trustee. Simon was once a protégé of Stephen Sondheim and studied with him for many years. He eventually steered his creative skills from musical composition to interior design. Simon will illustrate this connection during his presentation which illustrates, with piano and pictures, the similarities in the two art forms.

His projects have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Architectural DigestNew York MagazineHouse and Garden, and House Beautiful.

The Mounts Interior Committee is chaired by Pauline C. Metcalf and includes Inge Heckel, Kate Wharton, and Gertrude de G Wilmers, in addition to Simon.

Tickets start at $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Alex Sniffen at 413-551-5112 or

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 42,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit or call 413-551-5100.