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Professional Pianist Jacqueline Schwab Performances in Springfield and Quincy

February 17th: Quincy, IL
February 18th: Springfield, IL at Hoogland Center for the Arts

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$30 for priority seating and meet & greet
$16 for standard tickets

Chosen by the renowned Ken Burns for numerous public television documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing, Jacqueline has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, among others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1997 to celebrate Burns' Lewis and Clark series and also at the Smithsonian in 2000 celebrate its exhibition on the Presidency. In May, 2009, she accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Jacqueline's signature style defies easy categorization, fitting somewhere in the crossover between folk, traditional, classical and new age music. Although many people connect improvisation with jazz, Jacqueline's inspirations are traditional music of England, Scotland, Ireland, and America, blues, vintage tangos, Bach's dance suites, nineteenth-century parlor piano, and the turn-of-the-twentieth-century sounds of Satie, Debussy and Bartok for starters. In the unique Third Stream program at New England Conservatory of Music, from which Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors, she was encouraged to meld different musical traditions into a personal style. She has "… an uncanny sensitivity to the moods and proprieties of music from other eras," wrote New England Folk Almanac reviewer Scott Alarik.

Jacqueline's solo recording Mark Twain's America - A Portrait in Music (on Dorian) recreates the sounds of nineteenth-century American parlor music - Stephen Foster and Civil War songs, hymns, spirituals, and ballroom dances. Columnist Eric Zorn, of the Chicago Tribune, wrote that he had it "going non-stop on the stereo." Schwab's Down Came an Angel (also on Dorian) features meditations on American Christmas music, including unusual Appalachian carols and South Carolina sea island spirituals. "One of the most beautiful and heartfelt Christmas discs to come along in a very long time." - All Music Guide. Mad Robin, her first solo recording, contains lyrical reflections on English dance tunes, mood music for dancers and non-dancers alike. "(This recording has) the jazz/classical improvisational spirit of Keith Jarrett and the touch of George Winston." - New England Folk Almanac.

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