Classical pianist Clemens Teufel will perform music from American composers Hanson and Gershwin on the historic Fitzgerald piano on Sunday, February 26, at 3 p.m. He has performed in a number of prestigious venues, including the Alte Oper Frankfort, Germany; the Cite des Arts, Paris; and the Newport Music Festival.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The meeting room, which is equipped with wifi, will be available for quiet study.
The piano was given to the Town of Acton in 1926 by former Boston mayor and Congressman John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and his wife, Mary Josephine, to help equip the new high school. They presented the gift in memory of her parents, Michael and Mary Ann Hannon of South Acton. The Fitzgeralds became the parents of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and grandparents of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy.
The instrument was moved to several locations following the opening of the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in 1955 and eventually was in need of substantial repair. In 2006, Town Meeting supported a request to restore the piano using Community Preservation Act funds.