Jacqueline Schwab – April 24-26, 2023

The famous pianist of Bare Necessities and Ken Burns’ specials will be visiting Chicagoland prior to playing with her band at Folklore Village for their English Country Dance weekend, April 28 – 30.

We are excited to have several events planned:

English country dance with live music by Jacqueline Schwab

Monday, April 24, 2023, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

  • the Studio, 228 Clinton Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
  • Sliding scale $10 – $20 per person
  • Called by Mady and Tammy

Still a few spaces left. Preregister with

this Google Form.

Concert by Jacqueline Schwab playing her recent program

I Lift My Lamp

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

  • Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301  
  • Suggested donation is $15, or give what you can.
    Proceeds will go to support the ministries of Grace Episcopal Church, which provides services to people in the community who are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, incarceration, or a need for financial services.

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab is delighted to share her program I Lift My Lamp in Oak Park! At a time when the United States has been engaging in serious discussions about immigration and the diverse cultures in the US, Jacqueline’s program celebrates vintage songs and dance tunes from American immigrants. She will focus on music from Western and Eastern Europe and Latin and South America and will also include African American spirituals, Tin Pan Alley tunes and ragtime. Jacqueline will speak about the pieces and about her early years in vibrant, multicultural Pittsburgh, in some ways akin to vibrant, multicultural Chicago.

Jacqueline spins musical stories out of the myriad strands in the American quilt and with the spirit of community music making at their heart. Her signature playing features in over a dozen of Ken Burns’ documentaries, including his Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The War and Benjamin Franklin, as well as The Irish in America—The Long Journey Home and other PBS documentaries. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton and on PBS with the American Pops Orchestra, and she has accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. She has performed vintage music in almost every state of the Union. She is well known to the traditional dance world for her groundbreaking playing with the Bare Necessities ensemble. Her recently-released solo album I Lift My Lamp—Illuminations from Immigrant America celebrates vintage music from American immigrants. Jacqueline graduated from New England Conservatory, majoring in piano improvisation. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has since lived in Boston, MA and on Cape Cod (including Brewster). Jacqueline’s website: https://www.jacquelineschwab.com

Opportunities for music lessons with Jacqueline 

  • for dance musicians (not only for pianists)
  • private, duos or trios
  • during the day or evening Tuesday, April 25, and morning Wednesday, April 2
  • preferred location, Oak Park studio, or TBA
  • Cost $75 – $100/hour (depending on number of people)