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Motherís Day piano concert

On Sunday, May 12, The Jack London Piano Club marks its 25th anniversary and celebrates Motherís Day with a special spring concert to benefit Jack London State Historic Park. Featured guest artist will be Jennifer Farmer, a vocal coach from Windsor. Farmer has appeared in stage, film, and on TV. In honor of Motherís Day, Mae Lucas, costumed as pianist/composer Teresa Carreo, will present two scenes from her life and play compositions by female composers. Other pianists performing will be John Dinwiddie, Jud Goodrich, Charles Harris, Cynthia Heinrichs, Zina Milyavsky, Esfir Ross, and Jim Wittes. Some anniversary songs will be included along with the classical and popular repertoire. The concert will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

Until 1988, Jack Londonís 1901 Steinway grand piano sat untouched for 30 years, since the death of Jackís wife, Charmian. At the urging of Park Rangers Greg Hayes and Matt Atkinson, park volunteer Jud Goodrich rounded up six other pianists, launching the Jack London Piano Club to once again make music with the cherished piano. Since then, every weekend afternoon, the Museum in the House of Happy Walls has rung with live piano music to entertain museum visitors. Over 60 pianists through the years have been members of the Club, and currently there are 25 active volunteer pianists. Since 2011 the Club has presented quarterly benefit concerts to benefit the Park, raising $5,500 so far.

Tickets are $20 (includes parking) and are available in advance at the Museum store, online at or by calling 938-5216. Limited seating available. Performance space can be reached by stairway only; for more information about access, please call 938-5216.