Grace Coolidge Musicale Features Piano and Cello, October 8

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site welcomes two outstanding regional musicians for the Grace Coolidge Musicale on Sunday, October 8.  Abigail Charbeneau and Kate Jensik 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.    

Cellist Kate Jensik will perform Bach’s Suite No 1 in G major, and then join pianist Abigail Charbeneau for music by Bazelaire, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff.  The duo will play the iconic “middle-period” Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 69, by Beethoven.  Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise has special meaning to the program, as the composer was a favorite White House guest during the Coolidge Administration. 

This is the final concert of the 2017 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, call 802-672-3773, or visit our website:

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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.  Abigail has lived and worked in Concord, NH for 15 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.

Kate Jensik, cello, graduated from Ithaca College with a B.M. in Cello Performance, has an Artists Diploma from Brandeis University, and a M.M. degree from Boston Conservatory.  She studied with renowned teacher and performer Rhonda Rider, and has attended master classes at the Janacek Academy of Music with Yo-Yo Ma, Benjamin Zander, and Paul Katz.  Kate’s orchestral work includes Indian Hill Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, and Atlantic Symphony.  She has also performed at the Bowdoin and Chautauqua Summer Music Festivals, and with the Concord Chorale.