On Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m, award-winning pianist, composer, writer and teacher, Jessica Roemischer will perform at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Westport. In this multi-dimensional performance, Roemischer will play selections from her just-released piano CD, “Light Born of Light,” as well as share inspiring stories, dialogue with the audience and improvise in spontaneous duet with a volunteer.
Born into a musical family, Jessica Roemischer began piano at age 6 and was improvising and composing from the outset. Her pedagogical lineage links directly to Frederic Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven. Audiences throughout the United States and internationally, have enjoyed Roemischer’s spirited interpretations of sacred and secular music from Bach to the Beatles and beyond.
In April 2014, she performed for 25,000 people at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, televised to 140 countries. Roemischer’s artistry extends beyond her to others. She has developed a unique approach to piano duet improvisation, The Duet Paradigm working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including those with disabilities such as blindness, autism and Down syndrome.
Her ground-breaking work with the women at Riverbrook Residence in Stockbridge, Mass., led to a 2012 CNN Heroes Award nomination, a presentation at the Oxford Round Table, and has been supported by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Caroline and James Taylor.
An internationally published writer and journalist, Roemischer has interviewed Archbishop Desmond Tutu, guitarist Carlos Santana, Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell and many others. Her writings have been translated into five languages. During her performance at St. Philip Neri, Roemischer will read excerpts from her upcoming book, “In Duet with God: the Story of a Lifelong Friendship” and perform piano music to accompany the story, creating an evening of music, word and spontaneous creativity. Adults, families and children of all ages are welcome. Roemischer will be signing piano CD’s after the performance, with proceeds benefitting the Food Bank.