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Piano Club to perform songs of Halloween

The Jack London Piano Club ushers in the fall season presenting its eighth concert to benefit Jack London State Historic Park with a special Halloween inspired recital on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The day will include some spooky music performed on the grand piano that belonged to and was played by Charmian London, wife of the famed author. Guest vocalist Jennifer Farmer, a vocal coach from Windsor who has appeared on stage, film and television, will lend her talents to the event. Pianists performing will be John Dinwiddie, Jud Goodrich, Charles Harris, Deborah Knapp, Mae Lucas, Zina Milyavsky, Esfir Ross and Jim Wittes.

Until 1988, the London's 1901 Steinway grand piano sat untouched for 30 years, following the death of 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.

More than 60 pianists over the years have been members of the club, and currently there are 25 active volunteer pianists.

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