Grace Coolidge Musicale features piano duets

Abigail Charbeneau and Susan Cobb. Photo provided by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site welcomes two outstanding musicians for the Grace Coolidge Musicale Sunday, Aug. 25. Pianists Abigail Charbeneau and Susan Cobb will perform in the Coolidge Museum & Education Center at 4 p.m. The 45-minute concert is free; donations are welcome.

The concerts are named in honor of the former first lady who was famous for her Sunday afternoon musicales at the White House. The Aug. 25 event is a “piano four hands” program featuring music by American composers George Gershwin and Amy Beach. The recital includes Beach’s “Summer Dreams” – music influenced by her time at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H.

Abigail Charbeneau, piano, earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Skidmore and an master’s degree in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Abigail has lived and worked in Concord, N.H. for 17 years teaching at the Concord Community Music School and at St. Paul’s School. She is the organist at South Congregational Church in Concord and 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.

Susan Cobb, piano, teaches at Millikin University. She received her doctorate degree from University of Oklahoma and her master and bachelor’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Illinois. An active solo and collaborative recitalist, she has performed in Santo Domingo, St. Andrews in New Brunswick, Canada, and in Urbania, Pergola, Urbino, and Piobbico, Italy where she was director of Millikin’s Bella Musica program for four years. She has been on the faculty of the Summer Sonatina Piano Camp in Bennington, Vt., the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp at the University of Illinois, and the Millikin Piano Camp for high school students.

This is the final concert of the 2019 Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and generously sponsored by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. For further information and event listings, visit us online at and like us on Facebook at Vermont State Historic Sites. We can be reached by phone at 802-672-3773.

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