Vintage American tunes to open series at WMC

October 01, 1992

Cambridge-based pianist Jacqueline Schwab, best known for her solo piano work for the celebrated PBS series, "The Civil War," will make her Carroll County debut on Sunday to open the eighth annual "Sundays of Note" season at Western Maryland College.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the intimate salon setting provided by Western Maryland's McDaniel Lounge in Westminster.

Ms. Schwab will perform her arrangements of vintage American music dating from the Civil War through the 1940s, including 19th-century waltzes, Victorian parlor songs, and early 20th-century ragtime tunes and tangos.

Her playing of ballroom and popular dance tunes from the 1860s will honor the college's continuing celebration of its 125th anniversary. Program selections will include "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier," "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," "Buenos Dias" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."

Ms. Schwab received great critical and popular acclaim for the improvised piano solos she performed on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to "The Civil War."

She also specializes in variations on traditional English dance songs and has recorded many of these spirited, romantic works with her quartet, "Bare Necessities." The group's first recording, "English Country Dances," has been used on PBS and BBC soundtracks, while the second, "Take a Dance," was among the Boston Globe's top 10 folk recordings of last year.

Ms. Schwab, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, has accompanied such renowned vocalists as Jean Redpath, Molly Mason and Dillon Bustin, as well as fiddlers Alasdair Fraser, Jay Unger and Andrea Hoag.

She has been called a "brilliant pianist" by the Globe.

Her solo version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was called "singular in its folksy elegance" by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Upcoming performers in the "Sundays of Note" series include the famed Greitzer Ensemble, on Nov. 8; renaissance specialists "Hesperus," on Feb. 21; and harpist Sonja Inglefield on April 18.

"Sundays of Note" is jointly sponsored by the Western Maryland College Department of Music and the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

All performances begin at 2 p.m. Sundays on the Westminster campus.

Admission is $5; students 18 and under are admitted free. For information about tickets and directions, contact the WMC College Activities Office, 857-2265, or, 876-2055, extension 265.

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