Pianist Jacqueline Schwab will perform a special concert at the downtown Camden Public Library as part of its American Cultural Journey summer series. The free concert will be Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Originally scheduled for the amphitheater, the concert has been moved indoors due to weather concerns.

The movies, concerts, lectures and the summer reading program for adults are all part of the library’s theme for the summer and are generously supported by the Maine Community Foundation and The First Bancorp. Please bring blankets or chairs for seating.

Schwab has been heard on a dozen of Ken Burns’ documentaries including his Grammy award-winning “Civil War” and the Emmy Award-winning “Baseball,” “Lewis and Clark,” “Mark Twain,” “The War,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” and the “Tenth Inning” followup to “Baseball.” Her latest Burns project is the upcoming documentary on the Dust Bowl.

Schwab’s concert in Camden is titled Mark Twain’s America and will feature vintage American music from the Civil War era and beyond, emphasizing Civil War-era tunes and including Stephen Foster, Scottish and Irish tunes brought over by settlers; Victorian ballroom dance tunes; hymns and spirituals; ragtime; and more. Schwab’s arrangements of American songs honor the community and improvisational spirit of music-making reported in Twain’s times.

Schwab’s signature style defies easy categorization, fitting somewhere in the crossover between folk, traditional, classical and New Age music. Although many people connect improvisation with jazz, Schwab’s inspirations are the traditional music of England, Scotland, Ireland and America, blues, vintage tangos, Bach’s dance suites, 19th-century parlor piano and the turn-of-the-20th-century sounds of Satie, Debussy and Bartok for starters. As part of her concerts, she enjoys speaking with audiences about the music.

Schwab has toured the United States and England, inspiring people on the country dance floor through her performances with the Bare Necessities band and as a dance caller. She grew up dancing international folk dances and singing Israeli and Balkan songs, before turning her attention to English, Scottish, Irish, and American traditional music. Along the way, she attended workshops at Berea Christmas Dance School and Pinewoods dance camps, great crossroads of traditional dance and music. Now she enjoys sharing that knowledge by teaching workshops on dance music and improvisation.

Schwab has performed and recorded with many traditional and folk musicians, among them Scottish fiddler Laura Risk, singer Jean Redpath (on “A Prairie Home Companion”), fiddler Alasdair Fraser, cellist Abby Newton, glass harmonica player Dean Shostak, fiddler Andrea Hoag, singer/songwriter Dillon Bustin and singer Jeanne Morrill. For her work with Burns, she also has collaborated with fiddler Jay Ungar, bassist and guitarist Molly Mason, fiddler Matt Glaser, whistle player L.E. McCullough and others. She has played on more than 40 recordings.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.