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PhotoKathleen Shimeta, actor/singer, is a versatile interpreter of art songs, chamber music, oratorio and opera whose work has been enthusiastically received throughout the United States and Europe. 

Ms. Shimeta was honored to be included in renowned photographer Steffen Thalemann’s exhibit, “Outside the Box.”  His show focuses on portraits of known and unknown  personalities: people who have left their mark on society with inventive thinking.  The choice of Ms. Shimeta was made based upon her innovative presentation of the works and life of Gena Branscombe.   

For several years Ms. Shimeta devoted time to discovering the rich repertoire of American composer Gena Branscombe (1881-1977).  Kathleen’s one-woman show, “Life! Love! Song! A Visit with Gena Branscombe,” showcases fifteen of Miss Branscombe’s elegantly lyric songs with vivid first-person dialogue.  This one-woman show gives tribute to a woman ahead of her time, a pioneer for today’s women composers.  Ah, Love I Shall Find Thee: Songs of Gena Branscombe,” available on Albany Records, is a collaboration of the singer with accompanist Martin Hennessy.

In partnership with Ronald Branscombe of Unlimited Media, Kathleen is in pre-production for the film Every Town is Your Home Town a documentary dedicated to the life and works of Miss Branscombe.  Her one-woman show will be a feature part of the documentary. 

Recent performances include an appearance at the Library of Congress and the University of Maryland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the MacDowell Colony and the women composers of the Colony.  “Life, Love, Song! A Visit with Gena Branscombe” was presented at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, New York’s Hofstra University , with the Women in the Arts Festival, Elmira, NY, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Texas A&M University, Macon State College, Macon, GA and the Peninsula Public Library in Lawrence, NY.   She has been a guest artist at Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX where she performed an art song recital with resident faculty members. 

Ms. Shimeta joins actor/author Barbara Dana in developing I Told My Soul to Sing a dramatic and musical performance with text from Ms. Dana’s recent Emily Dickinson novel, A Voice of Her Own and song settings from the poetry of Emily Dickinson.  Their first performance is scheduled for February 2011 in New York City.

Kathleen, a strong advocate for contemporary American composers, made her New York City debut when she performed the premiere of Michael Linton’s Cantata #2 at Merkin Hall.  She premiered Mr. Linton’s Canti Catulli in Seattle at a national convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was guest soloist performing George Rochberg’s Songs in Praise of Krishna at a Rochberg festival. 

A popular oratorio soloist, Kathleen’s many appearances with orchestra include performances in Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Bach’s St. John Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Purcell’s Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day, Honegger’s King David and numerous other works.


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Audio CD: "Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee:
Songs of Gena Branscombe"

Enjoy the enchanting and romantic songs of composer Gena Branscombe on CD with 25 songs sung by mezzo-soprano Kathleen Shimeta in partnership with Martin Hennessy on piano.

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Sample Track: Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee (0:48 seconds)
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