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Hot Property: Former Holmby Hills area on W. Howard Lester

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Hot Property: Former Holmby Hills area on W. Howard Lester

The Holmby Hills Plantation, once owned by W. Howard Lester, former chairman and chief executive of Williams-Sonoma cookware retailers, has come to the market for $ 58.75 million.

The gated residence, accessed by an olive tree drive, sits in seclusion, surrounded by mature trees, koi ponds and gardens on a 1.3 hectare plot of land. The Mediterranean-style main house designed by architect Robert Sinclair is in the heart of the property. A bridge from the main house leads to a two-story guesthouse.

Beyond the arched entrance, the main house has details such as limestone floors, Venetian plaster walls, sling ceiling, and pillars inspired by 14th-century Italian gothic architecture. The brick ceiling is above the chef’s kitchen, moored by a marble island. The stairs lead to the wine cellar, film screening room, billiard room, and lounge with gold leaf accents.

There are seven bedrooms, including two staff rooms, eight bathrooms and four powder rooms in the main house. The guesthouse, which has a fitness center and sauna, has another bedroom and two bathrooms.

Swimming pool, spa, pavilion and dining terrace are some of the outdoor facilities. A large motorcycle court is located in front.

Lester, who died in 2010 at the age of 75, bought a San Francisco-based cookware company in 1978 for $ 100,000. Under his direction from 1978 to 2001, he expanded the company from four retail stores to more than 600 stores while generating more than $ 3.4 billion in sales.

This property last changed hands in 2012 when Lester’s land sold it for $ 23 million, according to records.

Linda May from Hilton & Hyland is a listing agent.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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