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

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab

Jacqueline’s program “I Lift My Lamp—Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America” celebrates our country’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. She will reflect on growing up in Pittsburgh’s “melting pot” and perform music from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Finland, Eastern Europe, the African-American community, Canada, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina, along with Tin Pan Alley tunes, American “standards” and more!

The recommendation donation is $20. We look forward to seeing you there!

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About Jacqueline Schwab

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. Her signature playing infuses the sound tracks of Ken Burns’ Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, and The War, among others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, and, with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. Jacqueline graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, majoring in piano improvisation. She has long played for many styles of dancing including with the Bare Necessities English quartet. She has performed in almost every State of the Union. She and her husband Rev. Edmund Robinson (minister of the UU Meeting House of Chatham) live on Cape Cod.

Jacqueline’s October 6 program celebrates our country’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. She will perform vintage music from the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and America’s heartland and Tin Pan Alley. She will talk about the music and her childhood years in Pittsburgh’s “melting pot.”