The Beantown Violist

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Upcoming Concerts 2005-06

Here are the upcoming concerts that I will be involved in:

Viola Recital, part of the William Floyd Music Alumni Concert Series
Williams, Viola
Piano tba
Saturday, January 7, 2006, 2-4 PM
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, Shirley, NY
Program to include works by Bach, Reger, Brahms, and Hindemith

3rd Annual William Floyd Music Alumni Concert Series
Satuday, June 10, 2006, 2 PM
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, Shirley, NY

Links of Friends

Adam Whiting, Pianist, at the Cleveland Institute of Music-

Boston University College of Fine Arts-

George Lam, Composer, formerly at Peabody Institute, and currently at Duke University.

Icicle Creek Music Center, in Leavenworth, WA

Ruby Fulton, Composer and Violinist, formerly at San Francisco Conservatory, and currently at the Peabody Institute.

Summer Chamber Music Concert Series:

This Land Is Our Land, a Cross-Country Coalition of Musicians and Artisans who want to make change in this country.

Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival

I should make mention of the Icicle Creek Music Festival which I participated in from July 9 until July 31. It was a fantastic program where I had a chance to work on a variety of pieces, including Beethoven's Quartet, Op. 59 No. 2, in e minor, Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor, Op. 60, Bartok's 2nd Quartet, Op. 17. The faculty was incredible, and the community there is incredibly supportive. The people that I met out there were amazing to work with and have become close friends and fun people to work with. After the end of the festival, I ended up travelling to Portland, Oregon, to perform with Erica Wong, Sarah Wood, Jesse Lewis, and their friend Adam Whiting, of CIM fame, on the Summer Chamber Music Concert Series which he has been organizing. There I did a solo performance of the first two movements of Reger's Suite No. 1 for Viola, Op. 131d. We collectively performed the 1st Movement of the Bartok, along with Brahms' Piano Quintet Op. 34 in it's entirety. Never have I had a chance to rehearse or perform on such an intense level, and I anticipate the chance where I can do that again.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Chicago Competition

Well, it looks like practice does make perfect. This past weekend I ended up travelling out Chicago, Illinois, to perform in the Greek Women's University Club's 17th Annual Music Competition. I performed with four other fine musicians of Greek descent, from all over the country, and ended up receiving the Chris P. Tomaras Award, totaling in $1,000. I ended up playing two movement of Bach's Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, (the Allemande and Courante), in addition to Arthur Benjamin's Jamaican Rumba. My Mom ended up accompanying me on my journey, and we had a great time, checking out the top of the Hancock Tower, the 2nd tallest building in Chicago, next to the Sears Tower. We had a view overlooking Lake Michigan, and were able to see Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin in the distance, in addition to the great expanse of Chicago.

Upcoming Concerts and Events

This is a list of Upcoming Concerts and Events that I'm involved in:

Viola Recital
Gregory Williams, Viola
Kyung Kim, Piano
Saturday, April 2, 2005, 4:30 PM, Marshall Room, Boston University's College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

Program to include J. S. Bach's Suite No. 4 in E flat Major, Stamitz's Concerto for Viola in D Major, Shostakovich's Sonata for Viola and Piano, and Arthur Benjamin's Jamaican Rhumba.

Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus
David Hoose and Ann Howard Jones, Conductors
Monday, April 11, 2005, 8:00 PM, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.

Verdi's Quattro Sacre Pezzi and Stravinsky's, Rite of Spring.

The Greek Women's University Club Music Competition 2005
Gregory Wiliams, Contestant on Viola.
Saturday, April 16, 2005, 2:00 PM, St. James Chapel of Quigley Seminary, 131 E. Chestnut, Chicago, IL.

I will be playing the Courante from Bach's Suite No. 4 in E flat Major, and Arthur Benjamin's Jamaican Rhumba.

Boston University Symphonic Orchestra
David Hoose, Andre DeQuadros Conductors
Tuesday, May 3, 2005, 8:00 PM, Tsai Performance Center, Boston, MA.

Humperdinck, Tubin, Hibbs, Ibert, Shostakovich, featuring winners of the 2005 Soloist Competition, Vito Giaccalone, Alto Saxophone, Max Zeugner, Double Bass, Yevgeny Kutik, Violin.

Anthony Green's Composition Recital
Anthony Green, Piano and Composer
Pei Ju Wu, Violin
Anna Washburn, Violin
Gregory Williams, Viola
Charlsie Hansen, Cello
Saturday, May 14, 2005, 7:00 PM, Marshall Room, Boston University's College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

Program to include Anthony Green's String Quartet No. 1, and his piece titled "2/26: 9/11 in '93," for Piano and Narrator.

2nd Annual William Floyd High School Music Alumni Concert
Saturday, June 11, 2005, 2:00 PM, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, Shirley, NY.
Sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee of the William Floyd Community Summit, this concert features some of William Floyd's finest alum who have pursued careers as musicians. Performance is free, but donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds will go towards a scholarship to benefit a William Floyd High School Senior planning to major in music.

Friday, March 11, 2005

If You're Going to San Francisco

Hey y'all,
I'm currently staying in San Francisco, with my good friend, Ruby Fulton, a fine composer who I played with back at Boston University about two years ago. If you haven't been here before (this is my first time, being an East Coast Yankee who has hugged the coastline for 21 years) it is an amazingly beautiful city, filled with lush foliage, and considering the scenery of Long Island, NY and Boston, one would think that you jumped two or three months ahead. Seriously, it looks like the middle of June right now.
On a more musical note, I was able to grab a lesson with Jodi Levitz on Wednesday afternoon. She helped to streamline some technical glitches in my bowarm, allowing me to use more muscle, particularly from the back. I'm probably going to meet with Ruby Fulton's composition professor today, and talk about a few ideas about influencing the Red States through music.
When I come back to Boston, I will try to get some pics up on this webpage.


Monday, March 07, 2005

Some of my recent concerts

These are some of the more recent concerts I've been involved with:

New England Philharmonic
Richard Pittman, Conductor
Danielle Maddon, Violin
Saturday, February 26, 2005, 8:00 PM, Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, Boston, MA
World Premiere of the Andy Vores’ Violin Concerto entitled An Other I.

Boston University Symphony Orchestra
David Hoose, Conductor
Thursday, March 3, 2005, 8:00 PM, Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, Boston, MA
Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major, and Olivier Messiaen’s L’Ascension.

Both concerts went very well. I'll be on the lookout for any reviews that I may find about them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Upcoming concert

This from my friend, Dawn Zahralban, fellow William Floyd Alum.

You are cordially invited to attend
The Long Island
on Sunday
April 3, 2005
4:00 PM

Landmark Theatre
Port Washington

Lord Nelson Mass - Haydn
Regina Coeli - Mozart

This performance
marks Ms. Zahralban's
debut as a soloist with the
Long Island Masterworks
Chorus and Orchestra

For Ticket information please visit:

My new website

Welcome to the new website of Greg Williams- the Violist. I am currently a junior Viola Performance Major in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. I have been wanting to create my own website for awhile, and this is my first shot at it. I plan to use it to post upcoming events, and write about experiences I have in the world of music. This can also be a place for friends and fellow musicians to post info about their own upcoming concerts.