Conductor John McLaughlin Williams, who last year won a Grammy Award with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Olivier Messiaen's "Oiseaux Exotiques," get a nice writeup in the Springfield State Journal Register.
The bad news: Although the guy is a former Cleveland resident, he doesn't live in the area now, as I had assumed, but rather lives in Livonia, Mich.
The good news: He has a bunch of new recordings and thinks he has a "very good shot" at another Grammy The paper reports, "On Feb. 26, the Naxos label released another in its American Classics series featuring Williams conducting the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in two symphonic masses, “Missa Sinfonica” by Nicolas Flagello and “Symphony No. 5” by Arnold Rosner.
"His next major release will be in March, again by Naxos, and will feature Williams conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine with Elmar Oliveira on violin, performing violin concertos by Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Lees.
"He’s also recorded, in Kiev, the music of composer Deon Nielsen Price, whose works document California culture and history. That recording will be on the Cambria label."