Piano and Toy Piano: Monica Jakuc Leverett

Sunday, April 3, 2016  
2:00 pm

M. Steinert & Sons
Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Route 9, Natick MA

Please join M. Steinert & Sons for some serious fun, as we welcome Monica Jakuc Leverett and her toy piano to our Natick Performance Center. Featuring Toy piano works by John Kennedy and John Cage; as well as piano works by Scott Wheeler, Janáček, Beethoven, and Schubert. A delightful afternoon for all ages!

Admission to this concert is free but seating is limited. Please click here to reserve your place.


The Winged Energy of Delight (1997)

John Kennedy

Suite for Toy Piano and Toy Percussion

(Rainer Maria Rilke poem read by Michael-Thomas Gilman)

  1. Prelude
  2. Gymnopedie
  3. Joy Piano
  4. Lullaby (The Sandman Cometh)

Four Musical Portraits/Tributes

Scott Wheeler

  1. Cookie Galop with Waltz – A Portrait of Elizabeth Cranstoun at age 7 (1993)
  2. Morningside – A portrait of Monica Jakuc (2007)
  3. Alphabet Dance – Or Arthur Berger on his 80th (1992)
  4. Birthday Card for Tony – Further study in chords – after V.T.  (for Anthony “Tony” Tommasini) (1998)

On an Overgrown Path (1901-1908)

Leoš Janáček

  1. Our Evenings
  2. A Letter Gone With the Wind

Sonata in C# minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight” (1803)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Adagio sostenuto


Presto agitato


Suite for Toy Piano (1948)                                               

John Cage

In Tears (from On an Overgrown Path)                                                            

Leoš Janáček

A Hermit Thrush at Morn, Op. 92, No. 2                                        

Amy Beach

Three Piano Pieces, Op. 128

  1. Scherzino – A Peterborough Chipmunk
  2. Young Birches
  3. A Humming-bird

A Hermit Thrush at Eve, Op. 92, No. 1

Impromptu in F minor, Op. 142 No. 4, D. 935 (1827)

Franz Schubert


Monica Jakuc Leverett picMonica Jakuc Leverett is Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith College, where she taught from 1969 until 2008. A frequent solo and chamber pianist in Western Massachusetts, she often accompanies tenor Peter W. Shea, and is a frequent performer with Wistaria, The Chamber Music Society of Western Massachusetts. She also presents lecture-recitals on women composers and has been a featured artist at International Alliance of Women in Music concerts in London and Washington, D.C.

Inspired by Malcolm Bilson, Ms. Jakuc Leverett has performed on early pianos since 1986. A former board member of Arcadia Players, she has frequently appeared with them on her two Paul McNulty fortepianos: a 5½ octave Walter design (c.1803), and a 6½ octave copy of Graf’s Op. 318 (c. 1819).  She was a performer/participant in the Westfield Center’s Forte/Piano Festival at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in August 2015. In December 2015, she became the proud owner of a mahogany Schoenhut toy concert grand piano, which she plays in some of her concerts.

She has recorded three CDs.  Her latest, “Fantasies for Fortepiano,” is available at cdbaby.com. In 2006, she married Bob Leverett, and together they explore forests and give presentations on nature and music. Please visit www.monicajakucleverett.com.

Michael-Thomas Gilman studied in Germany from 1983-1985, and holds a Masters in Music from Yale University.