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August 30, 2010

Coolidge Site Hosts Season’s Second Musicale

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – It will be the classics in a classic setting when Pianist Abigail Charbeneau and cellist Matt Laughlin perform at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Sunday, September 12 at 3:00 p.m.

This is the second concert of the 2010 Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series named in honor of one of America’s favorite First Ladies.

“It will showcase the Grace Coolidge piano,” says William Jenney, Regional Historic Site Administrator. “The Baldwin Company gave this instrument to Mrs. Coolidge.”

“It was, in fact, the first piano ever flown in an airplane,” Jenney said. “It was shipped from the company’s New York headquarters to Washington, D.C., where it was used in the family quarters at The White House.”

Their 45-minute program will feature music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff. An afternoon tea follows at the site’s restaurant, The Wilder House.

The program includes Beethoven’s Sonata in C. major, Op. 102, composed in 1815. Charbeneau and Laughlin will also present Rachmaninoff’s Danse Orientale, Op.2, written in 1892 when the composer was only 19 years old.

Abigail Charbeneau and Matt Laughlin currently teach at the Concord (NH) Community Music School. Abigail Charbeneau is a native of Woodstock, Vermont and has a master of music in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois.

A regular performer with the Musicians of Wall Street in Concord, Abigail has performed on the Walker Lecture Series and has played at two Inaugural Balls for Governor John Lynch.

In addition to her teaching duties, she is the music director at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord.

Matthew Laughlin holds a bachelor of music in cello performance from Indiana University School of Music.

His orchestral/ensemble experience includes the Columbus Symphony; Evansville Symphony; Camerata Symphony; Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra; New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra; the Peterborough Players; and the Musicians of Wall Street.

The concert will be held in the President Calvin Coolidge Museum & Education Center, a new facility at the Coolidge State Historic Site that opened to the public on August 7.

The Grace Coolidge Musicales, which conclude on October 3, are organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and generously sponsored by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.

The concerts are free and open to the public; donations are welcome. Reservations are recommended.

For further information or to make reservations please call (802) 672-3773, or visit

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: August 30, 2010 16:24:46