Sunday, Aug. 28 — PLYMOUTH — The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will host a Grace Coolidge Musicale on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m.
The 45-minute concert, entitled Eloquent Expressions is free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Donchian Foundation; donations are welcome.
Pianist Abigail Charbeneau and cellist Kate Jensik will perform musical works by Robert Schumann, Antonio Vivaldi, Gabriel Faure, Camille Saint-Saens, and Ola Gjeilo.
The musicale will be held in the Grace Coolidge Room of the Museum & Education Center at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. The performance will feature the piano that was given to Mrs. Coolidge by the Baldwin Company and used in the family quarters at The White House. A celebrity in its own right, this grand piano was once played by the composer and virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff and is said to be the first piano ever to be transported in an airplane.
The regularly scheduled Grace Coolidge Musicales are organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and generously sponsored by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. For further information, call 802-672-3773, or visit HistoricSites.Vermont.gov.
Abigail Charbeneau holds a B.A. in music from Skidmore College and an M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Illinois. She is the organist at South Congregational Church and artistic director and pianist for the Grace Coolidge Musicale Series in Plymouth. Charbeneau has held teaching positions at Millikin University, the University of Illinois, and Sonatina Piano Camp in Bennington. She currently teaches and performs at the Concord Community Music School, and at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.
Kate Jensik is a graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in music. She received an Artist Diploma from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from Boston Conservatory, studying with renowned teacher and performer Rhonda Rider. She also studied at the Janacek Academy of Music in the Czech Republic and has participated in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Benjamin Zander, and Paul Katz. Kate has taught at the Powers Music School, the Rivers Music School, Ithaca Talen Education Suzuki School, Ithaca College, and Brandeis University.
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open Tuesday – Sunday through Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit historicsites.vermont.gov.