Charlotte Congregational (1854)
not to be confused with…
...Lakeview Seminary (1881)
The room awaits
The attendees attend
Cameron Brownell fills in Charlotte
Scarlatti Sonata in A major, no. 24
(preceded by 24 ii-V-I’s)
Cameron Brownell sings three Fauré songs
Joel Harmon “Charlotte”
Steinway serial no. 146,803 was made in 1911—Steinway’s most productive year, with over 6,000 pianos manufactured.
A church member who was at the concert came up afterwards and asked how I liked the piano. It turned out she had given it to the church, anonymously, in recognition of her 80th birthday. What a fine thing, to celebrate one’s birthday by giving. And she was not just cleaning house: rather, she reached out to piano rebuilder Allan Day asking if he knew of a suitable instrument she could buy and donate. I’ll let Allan continue the story:
“That piano was owned by the Weed family. The patriarch was a physician in his nineties who loved playing. I tuned the piano at his place in Underhill for over 10 years. When he died, the children contracted me to rebuild the instrument.
I learned that there was a connection between the Charlotte Congregational church and the Weed family. When you offered to provide the funds to the church to purchase the piano it was fabulous! The talented Claire Black and members of the church came to hear the piano in my shop and the decision was made to accept it.”
The church also had an Estey organ, as Vermont churches so often do, which I used to accompany the choir in “Charlotte”.