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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 2, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

SHSI announces “2009 Classics at Montauk” schedule

Historic home of former Iowa Governor William Larrabee prepped for concert series

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa will present a series of classical concerts this winter at the Montauk State Historic Site, the home of former Iowa Governor William Larrabee.

 “2009 Classics at Montauk” will feature concerts much like those performed by trained musicians in the parlors of fine homes across the United States, United Kingdom and other nations in an earlier era. Musicians will be accompanied on the 1916 Mason and Hamlin grand piano in the music room at Montauk, which is near Clermont, Iowa, and one of eight historic sites owned and managed by SHSI.

 The 2009 Classics at Montauk schedule includes:

  • Craig Moss, solo vocalist accompanied by Leslie Poppen, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.
  • Chelsea Bushman, pianist, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009
  • Jacquelyn Venter, solo harpist, Sunday, March 8, 2009

 All concerts begin at 2 p.m. and will last about 20-30 minutes, followed by refreshments. Audience members will have an opportunity to visit with the musicians following the concerts. In the event of a “snow-out,” that concert will be postponed until the following Sunday.

 Free season and individual concert tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, by contacting Montauk Site Manager Nadine West at 563-423-7173 or Clermont Historical Society President Arline Davisson at 563-423-5561. Standby tickets will be available at Montauk on the day of each event. Standby ticket holders may be seated in the adjoining dining room, which gives a close and clear view of the performances.  

 The concert series, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by SHSI and the Clermont Historical Society, and supported this year by the Warren Iliff family, the Thomas Wright family, and Steve and Donna Story. The concert planning committee includes Arline Davisson, Nadine West and program director Steve Story. More information about Montauk is available at www.iowahistory.org.


The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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