Possessing eclectic tastes I music really does have its benefits. Having never been to the First Unitarian Church of Louisville, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I went down to see Jacqueline Schwab last week. From the outside, the Church appears fairly standard but upon entry it offers a very unique space that became the stage for a very enjoyable evening. Jacqueline seemed right at home on her first trip to Louisville, partly she said, due to the fact that she’s even married to a Unitarian minister and that playing in such a venue really gave her a spiritual comfort.
This was very evident in the passion of her playing and especially with her audience interaction. Not only was the crowd treated to such numbers as ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ by Stephen Foster but also a rendition of ‘All quiet along the Potomac tonight’ which was featured in Ken Burns’ Civil War. While her playing was spectacular, it was quite remarkable to see her interact with the crowd and tell a bit of history about each of the pieces she chose for the evening. I certainly wasn’t alone in this marvel, but equally as blessed as the rest in attendance. While we all may have our own political opinions, it certainly makes you wonder what sort of interaction she had when she played in The White House. I’d encourage everyone who appreciates music and history to certainly try to see her if she graces our presence again.
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