Grace Coolidge Musicale features piano and harp

 

Calvin Coolidge homestead. Photo credit notachabovetours.com
Calvin Coolidge homestead. Photo credit notachabovetours.com

 

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site welcomes two outstanding regional musicians for the Grace Coolidge Musicale on Sunday, October 9.  Abigail Charbeneau and Kathleen Lyon-Pingree will perform in the Coolidge Museum & Education Center at 4:00 p.m. The 45-minute concert is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.

This is the first time the series will feature a harp.  Boston Ballet harpist Katie Lyon-Pingree will play solo repertoire, accompanied by pianist Abigail Charbeneau for special selections, including the popular Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.”  Sacred, classical, and Celtic music and the hall’s fine acoustics will make this an afternoon to remember.

The performers:

Abigail Charbeneau, piano, earned a B.A. in music from Skidmore and an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Ms. Charbeneau has lived and worked in Concord, NH, for 14 years teaching at the Concord Community Music School and at St. Paul’s School.  She is the organist at South Congregational Church in Concord.   She performs regularly with the Musicians of Wall St. in Concord, accompanies the St. Paul’s theater productions, and coordinates and plays for the Grace Coolidge Musicales.

Kathleen Lyon-Pingree, harp, graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She later completed a one-year Masters of Music degree at Northern Illinois University, specializing in Harp in the Therapeutic Process.  Ms. Lyon-Pingree has performed with many ensembles including Symphony NH, Boston Ballet, New Hampshire Symphony, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Raylinmor Opera, Granite State Opera, Keene Chorale, Concord Chorale, Chorus Pro Musica, Palace Theatre Orchestra, and Granite State Symphony Orchestra.

This is the final concert of the 2016 Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series organized and funded 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 our website: www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov/Coolidge

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