Here’s news about what, where and when and who about several of our musician friends, all of whom have appeared in the past and or will be performing for the first time with Music for All Seasons this year:

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JAMES MEADE will be participating in Neif Norf a New Music Festival that explores collaboration between composers and performers. Following that, James will be releasing CAROL, his second CD – an all-Latin American album coning out in July 8th on the Bandcamp label Then it will time to prepare Joaquin Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre for the October Music for All Seasons concert

JOE REBMAN will be playing his harp in chamber music and orchestral concerts with the American Modern Orchestra at the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York in June. Joe will later be speaking about commissioning composers to write new works at the American Harp Society‘s Conference in Redlands, California. After his return he will be presenting his first Faculty Recital on Friday, September 7th at 7:00 at NKU featuring solo harp compositions commissioned by him.

Bass-baritone KEN SHAW heads for the Pittsburgh Opera Festival this summer, where he will ascending to the heights of Valhalla as he sings the role of Wotan in a Jonathan Eaton production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the Jonathan Dove English version. No stranger to the role, which along with the Walkuere‘S Wotan, Shaw has sung in concert several times, the bass-baritone looks forward to working alongside Jane Eaglen teaching the company’s young artists.

World traveling SCOTT SHERMAN and YAOYUE HUANG  have been touring in China, performing in concert and giving lectures in Shantou University and Shenzhen Meilin School. Scott and Yaoyue next travel to Japan, where they have been invited by the management of the classical music magazine Ongaku no Tomo, to perform in its recital hall in Tokyo. The duo pianists next head for Israel to participate in the Tel Hai Music Festival.

KANAKO SHIMSAKI  is in Japan, where she will perform in concerts with two other members of her trio: her sister, violinist Mariko Shimasaki and pianist Luke Gillespie. The concerts will feature several of the trio’s original arrangements: sections from Holst’s The Planets, Vltava from Ma Vlast by Smetana, and Beethoven’s Pathetique. Later in the summer Kanako will travel to Memphis to be a visiting artist and violin soloist with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra.

BILL WILLITS moves around, carrying his string instruments, starting this Tuesday, May 29, at 12 noon, when he takes on the Vivaldi Concerto for Lute and Orchestra, and Schubert’s Quartet for guitar and strings with the Consort in the Egg at Christ Church Cathedral. Beyond lies more chamber music, starting with a gig with Chamber Palooza on September 1 at the CAM and an all-Spanish line up with mezzo soprano Paulina Vilareal on September 22 for the Cincinnati Song Initiative

Rafael de Acha

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