Jacqueline Schwab in Concert

Jacqueline Schwab at the pianoJacqueline Schwab presents works for solo piano on Sunday, May 16th at 7:00 PM.

General Admission: $15
Senior, Students: $12

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents Jacqueline Schwab, folk and classical improvisational pianist, in concert on Sunday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nelson, NH Town Hall. She has been described as someone who plays “gorgeously spare piano” (The Boston Globe) yet “sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips” (Sing Out). 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.

“Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and … unusually moving.” – Ken Burns

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.

Jacqueline performs solo piano concerts of vintage American and traditional English and Scottish music, creating the intimate feeling of an old-fashioned parlor setting. A Lexington Minuteman solo concert review said, “(Her playing was) full of colors and introspection which drew the listener into a musical reverie from which it was hard to return.”