Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Schmidt soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion. More than 30 years and 22 albums later, Schmidt continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country. Mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads, and breathtaking originals, there’s not a style she can’t master. Schmidt‘s incredible voice and charismatic stage presence makes her a marvel in concert.
More than four decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Schmidt 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 rapt listeners. She has recorded mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.
This Next Stage show will mark the release of “Hark the Dark,” Schmidt’s 22nd recording in a career spanning almost 45 years. She takes a thematic turn here, offering an homage to the oft-maligned season of winter. Along with her original pieces, she has gathered some musings of fellow musicians and thrown in a couple standards. Along with her extraordinary voice, dulcimer, and deluxe pianolin, she is accompanied brilliantly by pianist Miro Sprague, bassist Marty Jaffe, drummer Conor Meehan, and pianist/accordionist Chris Haynes.
Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 at the door. Purchase tickets through the Next Stage website at www.nextstagearts.org or at the Putney Co-op or Turn It Up in Brattleboro. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill and features a newly-renovated accessible performance space.
For more information on this concert or other events visit nextstagearts.org or the event’s page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/293981187794222. For more information on Schmidt visit her website at www.claudiaschmidt.com.