Julianne Baird will help kick off another Camerata Musica season this weekend when she appears Sept. 25 as featured artist for the opening fall concert of 2010-11.
Baird also will perform Sept. 24 at the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers opening concert.
She has appeared worldwide and was described by The London Times as "exquisitely stylish" in her performances.
With that kind of praise, it's no wonder she was named one of the world's 10 most recorded classical artists. Her recordings include one with Meryl Streep and Frederica von Stade, Dance on a Moonbeam.
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Showtime is 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium. Admission is free.
Baird's appearance with the Mastersingers starts at 7 p.m. at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and college students. Students in grades K-12 are free. Tickets are available at the door.
The new Camerata season includes a blend of internationally acclaimed musicians.
"(Baird) is one of the foremost interpreters of early music," said Onnie Adams with Camerata Musica organization. "And she'll be accompanied by a Camerata favorite, harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree."
Here's a look at the rest of Camerata's season of free music:
-- Oct. 23: Pianist Kay Zavislak performs Chopin.
-- Nov. 20: Violinist Mark Kaplan and pianist Yael Weiss, internationally acclaimed musicians, perform Brahms.
-- Jan. 22: D'Amore Duo, made up of William Feasley and Fatma Daglar, play chamber music on guitar and oboe.
-- Feb. 26: Organist J. Melvin Butler and trumpeter Vernon Nicodemus play music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the majority of it by Bach.
-- March 26: The Vogler String Quartet, with pianist Ian Parker, performs Beethoven, Dvorak and Shostakovich.
-- April 16: The Walla Walla Winds quintet makes its Camerata debut. The group will perform music from the 18th and 19th centuries by Beethoven, Haydn and Milhaud.
-- May 1: Young Artists of Distinction is Camerata Musica's annual tribute concert to student musicians who have shown exceptional talent. This is the only concert that takes place at 2 p.m.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org