Monica Jakuc Leverett Plays Benefit Concert for Mahican-Mohawk Trail – Sunday, January 24

Monica Jakuc Leverett Plays Benefit Concert for Mahican-Mohawk Trail on Sunday January 24

On Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m., Monica Jakuc Leverett will play a solo piano recital entitled “Moonlit Hits and Little-known Gems” at the Plainfield Congregational
Church in Plainfield, MA as a benefit for the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. The snow date for this event is Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m. Admission is free,
but tax-deductible donations to the Franklin Land Trust “for the M-M Trail” are gratefully accepted.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Franklin Land Trust and Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest. Noted old-growth forest researcher Bob Leverett will provide
a short introduction to the trail.

In addition to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and Debussy’s “Clair de lune,” Jakuc Leverett will play a series of early 19th century etudes
by Polish composer Maria Szymanowska and her contemporaries, including Frederic Chopin. A Schubert Impromptu and other Debussy pieces round out the

Pianist Monica Jakuc Leverett has performed internationally, and is an active solo and chamber music pianist in Western Massachusetts, with a special interest
in women composers and early pianos. She is the Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith College, where she taught from 1969 until 2008.
A longstanding member of Wistaria Chamber Music Society of Western Massachusetts, she is also a former member of the board and frequent soloist with
Arcadia Players. Her latest CD, “Fantasies for Fortepiano,” includes Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, and is available on Please visit

The Mahican-Mohawk Trail is a visionary project and a work in progress. Ultimately the trail will go from Old Deerfield, MA to Stillwater, NY, following,
for hikers and partly for bicyclists and kayakers, the path of the historic colonial and Indian trail that connected the Connecticut and Hudson River
Valleys. Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s website