Williams’ roots in the Piedmont area run deep. He is a graduate of Grimsley High School and the grandson of John McLaughlin, who was Dean of the Agricultural Department of NC A&T in the 1930’s. At age 10, Williams began violin studies in a Washington, D.C. public school. At age 14 he appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, and went on to solo with many other orchestras, including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Portland Symphony.
During his residency, Williams will work with nearly 1,500 students in Guilford County Schools’ string programs with the most diverse make-up, present a university-level masterclass at NC A&T, and perform on opening day of 17 Days Greensboro at United Christ Methodist Church, Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at musicforagreatspace.org.
“We hope this project will bring together diverse people groups and cultures, influence children’s futures and much more,” says Marta Richardson, Guilford County violin teacher and CMAC Project Coordinator. “We want to help overcome the cultural stereotype of the classical musician by giving our students role models that will inspire, motivate and captivate them.”
About Music for a Great Space
Music for a Great Space (MGS) is an independent non-profit musical arts organization bringing the finest musicians to the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. The mission of Music for a Great Space is to present a series of inspiring musical performances and educational offerings, opening doors to the diverse cultural interests of the Piedmont Triad community. For more information, visit musicforagreatspace.org or contact Rebecca Libera, Executive Director, Music for a Great Space, at execdirector@
About Classical Music Across Cultures – The CMAC Project
Classical Music Across Cultures, also known as The CMAC Project, helps build classical music audiences, brings together diverse people groups and cultures, helps influence children’s futures and much more. Learn more about the CMAC Project by visiting CMACProject.org.