Folk Music of America
Mini Fall 2020 Term 2 of the Masters Series
Pianist Jacqueline Schwab’s musical sensibilities arose from her time immersed in the rich classical and folk music scenes of Pittsburgh’s “melting pot” and later in Boston. She spins musical stories, building bridges to connect listeners to the different cultures and strands that have formed our American music. She has performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every State of the Union. She lives on Cape Cod.
This special two-part Masters Series explores folk songs of America with pianist Jacqueline Schwab, noted for her work on the soundtracks to many of Ken Burns’ award-winning documentaries.
Mark Twain's America
Vintage American “Heart Songs” and Dance Tunes for Piano celebrates Stephen Foster “heart songs,” brooding Irish airs and rousing Scottish fiddle tunes, side by side with soulful African-American spirituals, Civil War songs, Tin Pan Alley ragtime tunes and classical music. Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, who called tunes “remembrancers,” might have enjoyed these sometimes boisterous, sometimes reflective ones, arising from community music making by immigrant and new “American” composers.
I Lift My Lamp—America’s Immigrants
Celebrates America’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. Jacqueline will perform music out of her own experience, from the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, the African-American community, the Caribbean and South America, along with Tin Pan Alley tunes, “Amerian standards.”
For more information please contact Annie Laskey at (626) 685-6702 or AnnieL@PasadenaSeniorCenter.org