Rachel Grimes Folk Opera

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We’re beside ourselves to welcome back Rachel Grimes, a Big Ears veteran and Kentucky native, who was hailed by WIRE magazine as “one of American independent music’s few truly inspired technicians.” This time, the brilliant pianist, composer, and arranger will premiere a new song cycle, “The Way Forth,” with singer-songwriter Joan Shelley and Grammy nominee Nathan Salsburg, along with a string trio. Known as a key member of the groundbreaking chamber ensemble Rachel’s, Grimes has since performed worldwide as a solo pianist appearing in many diverse music and art festivals. Prepare to be mesmerized by this bewitching new work, which explores themes related to the lives of coal miners in Appalachia.