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July 17, 2008

Contact: William W. Jenney

               Regional Historic Site Administrator

               802-672-3773; [log in to unmask]


Coolidge Piano Recital August 3


PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. - Pianists Abigail Charbeneau and Catharine Dornin
will perform in the Visitor Center at the President Calvin Coolidge
State Historic Site on Sunday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m.  Their 45 minute
program includes duets by Mozart, Brahms, and Dvorak.  An afternoon tea
follows at the site's restaurant, The Wilder House.


     This is the second 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.  Charbeneau
and Dornin will perform some of the most famous pieces in the piano duet
repertoire: two Mozart sonatas, Brahms' Waltzes Op. 39, and several of
Dvorak's Slavonic Dances.       


     The recital showcases the famous "Grace Coolidge piano" at the
Coolidge State Historic Site.  This 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.


     Catharine Dornin is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and has been
a facility member at Hochstein and Pittsfield community music schools
and Notre Dame College.  A past president of the New Hampshire Music
Teachers Association, Catharine debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1990 and has
performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Louisville Symphony,
New Hampshire Philharmonic, and Lakes Region Symphony.  She and Abigail
Charbeneau regularly perform piano duets in New Hampshire and Vermont.


     "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


History Where It Happened



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