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Theater & art

Felder plays ‘Abe Lincoln’s Piano’ for its history

Thus far, Hershey Felder has created one-man shows about George Gershwin, Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Leonard Bernstein — all great pianists. So the title of his latest effort, “Abe Lincoln’s Piano,” might raise some eyebrows. Who knew Abe even had a piano, let alone that he could play it?

As it turns out, Lincoln probably didn’t play the piano, but he did own one while in the White House, and that’s just one of many things about our 16th president that you can learn from Felder’s show, an ArtsEmerson presentation that opens Tuesday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

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