I Lift My Lamp--Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America

Event Type: Musical Program
Date: 9/20/2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 For her performance of I Lift My Lamp—Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America, at Guilderland Public Library, pianist Jacqueline Schwab will reflect on growing up in Pittsburgh’s “melting pot,” as well as on her later exploration of music from around the world. I Lift My Lamp celebrates America’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. In the current climate, we are remembering and appreciating the contributions immigrants have made. Jacqueline will present dance tunes and sentimental songs from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, France, Eastern Europe, the African-American community, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina, along with Tin Pan Alley tunes, American anthems and more. In concert, Jacqueline speaks about the power of music to transport us into our own past and also on to new horizons.

Jacqueline Schwab spins heartfelt musical stories, connecting listeners to the rich, multicultural strands of America’s musical tapestry. Her signature style—described by the New England Folk Almanac as “the jazz/classical improvisational spirit of Keith Jarrett and the touch of George Winston”—is hard to categorize but easy to recognize. In turns flowing or percussive, nuanced or primal, spare or embellished, reflective or passionate, elegiac or joyous, Jacqueline’s soulful playing speaks directly to the spirit. Her entwined classical and folk sensibilities arose from her childhood in Pittsburgh’s “melting pot” and further developed in Boston’s vibrant music scene. Her work with documentary film maker Ken Burns reacquainted her with Pittsburgh’s musical hero Stephen Foster and led to her folksy-yet-formal concerts of a diverse array of vintage American music.

In Ken Burns’ words: “Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and ... unusually moving.” Her distinctive playing infuses the sound tracks of Burns’ Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The War, and The National Parks, among others. Critic Scott Alarik wrote she has “… an uncanny sensitivity to the moods and proprieties from other eras.” One listener wrote: “Your music, the touch you have, entwines the heart.”

Location: Helderberg (Large) Meeting Room
Registration Ends: 9/20/2018 at 3:00 PM
Contact: Tim Wiles
Contact Number: 518-456-2400
Presenter: Tim Wiles
Status: Waiting List

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