Claudia Schmidt at Emerson House Nov. 11

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts presents Claudia Schmidt in concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

Almost four decades as a touring professional have found the Michigan native traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000-seat theaters and festival stages in front of 25,000 people. Schmidt has recorded 14 albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box. From lying on sandy beaches under an endless barrage of Northern lights, to the expected anguish and frustration of spinning tires on cars stuck deep in snow, from the age-old struggle of change between adolescence and adulthood to the observation of sheer idiocy, she leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling and song. No interpretation of a Claudia Schmidt song or story is wrong — she invites audiences to tie their associations to her style.

According to the Door County Advocate in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.: “Schmidt weaves her way through a concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time. The concert is an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world.”

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to 420 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. There is a $1 ticket processing fee included. Print your receipt. Info: (815) 964-2238 or

From the Nov. 9-15, 2011, issue

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