Thursday, May 14, 2009

Julius P. Williams Conducts Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, May 16, 2009

[Julius P. Williams (1954) is profiled at]
PADUCAH, KY - The Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents "My Hometown, My Country," the annual outdoor POPS concert at 7:30 pm this Saturday. Sponsor and Family Garden gates open at 5:30 pm with table judging at 6 pm. Paducah's own Terry Mike Jeffrey will "Rock the River" with the POPS Orchestra and guest conductor Julius Williams. Jeffrey says besides patriotic songs, there will be a wide variety of songs for everyone to enjoy.”

Julius P. Williams is an award-winning conductor, composer, recording artist, educator, author and artistic director. His career has taken him from his native Queens, New York to musical venues around the globe, and has involved virtually every musical genre.

“Maestro Williams conducted the inaugural concerts of Symphony Saint Paulia at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has conducted American orchestras in Dallas, New Haven, Savannah, Hartford, Sacramento, Tulsa, Knoxville, Oklahoma, The Vermont Symphony, The Norwalk Symphony, The Vermont Philharmonic, The Wooster Symphony of Ohio, The Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Armor Artist Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera Association and the Washington Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC. The Tri-C Jazz Festival of Cleveland was opened by Maestro Williams in 1999 with a powerful performance of Duke Ellington’s 'Sacred Service'. He has served as Assistant Conductor to Maestro Lucas Foss at The Brooklyn Philharmonic and The American Symphony.

“In addition to his conducting and composing careers, Williams maintains a demanding schedule of speaking engagements, consulting and academics. He is presently Professor of Composition and Conducting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Julius Williams is the author of an article on Duke Ellington (Emerge Magazine, 1999), and is co-author/editor of a vocal anthology on Hall Johnson (Carl Fischer, 2003). Maestro Julius P. Williams has been featured on Public television and on CBS News Sunday Morning.”

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