On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, the Cultural Center will present the concert "I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America," performed by Ken Burns' pianist Jacqueline Schwab. The concert will also feature an opening by a small group from the NYM High School band and a sing-along finale led by high school choir students.
The concert is free and open to all. A freewill collection will benefit the high school music program.
Schwab is noted for her evocative playing on the soundtracks of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' "Civil War," "Baseball," "Mark Twain," "Frank Lloyd Wright," "The War" and others. She has long played for English country dancing with the Bare Necessities quartet. Schwab has released four solo recordings and performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every state of the Union as well as in performances at the White House, on "A Prairie Home Companion" and on the "Late Show with David Letterman."
In "I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America," Schwab takes classic songs from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, France and Eastern Europe and reimagines them on piano. Schwab said she believes this is a way to discuss and honor cultures that have had an impact on American music, and possibly open more dialogue on what immigrants have brought to this country through the years.