Susan Werner performs at Charlotte’s Web Feb. 5

Singer-songwriter Susan Werner comes to Charlotte’s Web at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, taking the stage at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

A gifted songwriter with roots in jazz, classical, country and popular song, Werner returns to an appreciative audience. With a luminescent voice and remarkable talent as a guitarist and pianist, Werner has won widespread praise for her unique combination of musical diversity, emotional depth and vocal excellence. She has even played at Carnegie Hall.

I Can’t Be New (Koch Records) is Werner’s fourth nationally released recording, and while charting somewhat new territory in style, it offers the same high-quality writing that her fans expect. Werner performs 12 original compositions in the songbook style.

A breakthrough singer-songwriter in the mid-’90s, Werner has toured with countless luminaries including Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. She also appeared on the Peter, Paul & Mary Lifelines special seen nationally on PBS. Her 2002 release, new non-fiction, received numerous accolades for its social content.

The Boston Herald said, “If the Grammy folks knew what they were doing, it would be near the top of the list in next year’s Contemporary Folk category.” The Philadelphia Daily News raved, “Werner’s lyrics are pure poetry.” The Boston Globe called her “… a talent with unlimited potential.”

Werner has a master’s degree in classical voice and a live reputation as one of the most compelling performers on the touring circuit, so writing and singing in such an intimate fashion was a bold departure. She may surprise you, but she’ll never disappoint you.

This show is co-sponsored by WNIJ, Northern Public Radio. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Mendelssohn PAC, 415 N. Church St., 964-9713; Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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