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March 29, 1999
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Jacqueline Schwab's American Sampler, A Performance at Johns Hopkins

Jacqueline Schwab, pianist, arranger and recording artist, will present "An American Sampler: Vintage Popular and Traditional Music from Stephen Foster to Billie Holiday," a performance and commentary, at noon on Wednesday, April 7, in Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, in Baltimore.

Schwab last appeared at Homewood in 1992, and she returns with a program featuring improvisations on Civil War, Stephen Foster and other parlor songs, Victorian- era ballroom dances, vintage tangos and ragtime dances, folk hymns and Billie Holiday tunes. Her solo improvisations on traditional American melodies are featured on seven Ken Burns PBS series,

including the Grammy Award-winning The Civil War; the Emmy Award-winning Baseball; and his most recent works, Lewis and Clark and Frank Lloyd Wright. She recently gave a command performance for President Clinton when the White House celebrated Lewis and Clark. In January, Schwab recorded music for another Burns PBS series on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

For 21 years, Schwab has been the pianist with the improvisatory ensemble Bare Necessities, which has three recordings and performs throughout the United States and England. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory.

This performance, co-sponsored by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust, is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins Office of Special Events. Admission is free. For further information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.

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