- KRUU Programming - 20140226 - James Meredith and the Sonos Handbell Ensemble

Andrew Tint sits down with James Meredith, of the Sonos Handbell Ensemble, to talk about their upcoming event, Saturday March 2nd at 3:00 PM at the Sondheim Center. 

A native of North Carolina, Mr. Meredith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He has been a musical partner with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and dramatic soprano Olivia Stapp. As a solo pianist, vocal and instrumental accompanist and conductor in America, Europe and Asia, his work has brought him into contact with such artists as Elly Ameling, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Eleanor Steber, Evelyn Lear, and Gerald Moore for whom he has played masterclasses. He has been Dalton Baldwin's assistant in art song in summer masterclasses at the French Conservatory in Nice. Recent concerts with Ms. Von Stade include an appearance on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" reaching a National Public Radio audience of over two million listeners. He has been conductor of the Oakland Symphony Chorus, been on the faculty of Merritt College and taught master classes at Holy Names College and San Jose State University.

Sonos Handbell Ensemble is well-known for their creative handbell music all over the world. Located in Berkeley, California, this handbell ensemble travels all across the United States, Europe, and Asia to captivate audiences with their performances. After 20 years of show-stopping virtuosity, and countless music albums and videos released, Sonos has established a reputation for having some of the best handbell ringers in the country together with exceptional leadership and musicianship.