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Contact: William W. Jenney, Regional Historic Site Administrator
802-672-3773; [log in to unmask]
July 1, 2008
"A Grace Coolidge Musicale"
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. - Pianist Abigail Charbeneau and soprano Ellen
Nordstrom Baer will perform in the Visitor Center at the President
Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Their 45 minute program, "A Sentimental Journey," is a musical walk down
memory lane to the time spanning the years 1900 - 1950. An afternoon
tea follows at the site's restaurant, The Wilder House.
This is the first concert of the 2008 "Grace Coolidge Musicales" -
a series organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and
generously sponsored by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. The program
includes hits from the Roaring Twenties, as well as songs that celebrate
the beauty of the Vermont landscape. Irving Berlin, George Gershwin,
and Fats Waller are among the featured composers.
The recital showcases the famous "Grace Coolidge piano" at the
Coolidge State Historic Site. This recently restored Baldwin grand
piano was donated to the First Lady for the family room in the White
House and was the first piano flown in an airplane.
Both musicians currently teach at the Concord (NH) Community Music
School. Abigail Charbeneau is a native of Woodstock, Vermont and
graduated with a Masters in Music degree in piano performance and
pedagogy from the University of Illinois. Abby performs with the
Musicians of Wall Street in Concord, and has played at two inaugural
balls for Governor John Lynch. She has a new CD featuring music by
Bach, Schubert, and Clara Schumann.
Ellen Nordstrom Baer has a B.A. in music from the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill. She directs the voice department at the Concord
Community Music School and the Phillips Exeter Academy summer program.
Ellen made her European debut with the Rome Opera Festival in 1995 and
has performed with the Lake George Opera Festival, Liederkranz Opera in
New York, Opera Burlington, Opera North, and Vermont Opera Theater.
"A Grace Coolidge Musicale" is free and open to the public;
donations are welcome. Seating is limited, and reservations are highly
recommended. For further information, call 802-672-3773, or visit our
THE VERMONT STATE HISTORIC SITES
History Where It Happened
John P. Dumville
Historic Sites Operations Chief
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
National Life Building, 2nd Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-1201
Telephone: (802) 828-3051
Fax: (802) 828-3206
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The Vermont State Historic Sites: History Where It Happened
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