James Kennerley

conductor, keyboardist, composer, tenor

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March Magic . . . James has been working from the piano on Clarion’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; and will also join them on stage singing in both performances as Erster Geharnischter Mann (First Armoured Man) (March 11 & 13). James is also giving a solo organ concert in Scranton as the opening event of the NEPA Bach festival as well as concerts with violinist Mark Fewer at New York City's presitogious Baryshnikov Arts Center. This month finds James also intently at work with Trinity Church, Wall Street, where he will be performing works of G. F. Handel weekly throughout the Lenten season.

Baroque February . . . James is playing continuo for a commercial recording of Handel's Messiah with the Grammy-nominated Choir and Baroque Orchestra of Trinity Church, Wall Street, under the Direction of Julian Wachner. The recording will take place in the immaculate acoustics of Drew University concert hall in Madison, New Jersey. James will also perform as part of the American Classical Orchestra's performance of Rameau's opera, Les Indes galantes under the direction of Thomas Crawford.

At the Metropolitan Museum and in the recording studio . . . Featured for the holiday concert with MetLiveArts, James performed with the early-music ensemble, Sonnambula, both singing and playing harpsichord. The group will then record many of these works for a commercial CD release in the final week of January. James' solo harpsichord performances will be featured as the music to an online video by the The Leiden Collection, one of NYC's most important galleries featuring seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art by the likes of Rembrandt van Rijn, Gerrit Dou,  Frans van Mieris, and others.

World première performance . . . James' new Advent-Christmas carol, Adam lay ybounden, was first performed on Sunday 4th December 2016 as part of the Advent Lessons & Carols at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, NYC, where James is Organist & Choirmaster. Check out the video on YouTube!

Tour to California . . . James recently played continuo with the Grammy-nominated Choir and Baroque Orchestra of Trinity Church, Wall Street, for a West Coast tour of Handel's Messiah, under the Direction of Julian Wachner.