The McLanes lost everything, including two pianos, two accordions, Luke’s upright bass, an extensive library of sheet music and the family cat. The metal frames of the pianos could still be seen smoldering in the ashes. The community rallied around the beloved musicians, raising funds for new instruments and donating clothing, home items and books for Luke.
Almost two years later, after living in four different apartments, the McLanes have moved into their new home on the same land in Sharon. Eva spent the afternoon with Annemieke talking about the experience and hearing some music on her new piano.
The couple perform together as the Cassotto Duo and will be playing some concerts in May. Annemieke has monthly concerts at the United Church of Strafford, and she will play a benefit concert on May 8 for the Malayaka House, which supports Ugandan children, at the Charlotte Congregational Church.
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Filming date: 3/14/22
Music: Performed by Annemieke McLane
- Claude Debussy, “First Arabesque” & “Clair de Lune”
- Franz Schubert, Piano Sonata, D960
- “Home” by Ola Gjeilo from Winter Songs
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- Jo Privat, "Nuit Blanche"
- Francis Poulenc, Suite Française Pour Piano, Complainte
- Antonín Dvorák, “Slavonic Dance Opus 46 nr. 7”