Classical guitarist Joseph Williams II is scheduled to play a free concert on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Joseph Williams is a celebrated performer, composer, and educator. He has had concerts hosted by the New England Conservatory and the Austin Classical Guitar Society in addition to performing at numerous music festivals, universities and concert series both in and outside the United States.
“I am excited to be presenting Joe Williams on our campus,” faculty host and Texas A&M guitar instructor Dr. Isaac Bustos said. “His playing is thoughtful, engaging, beautiful and free from guitaristic clichés. He makes classical music on guitar fun and I am certain that his concert here will be one to be remembered by our students.”
His music for young guitarists is published by guitarcurriculum.com while his newest work, Austin Pictures, was premiered in October of 2011 by the internationally-acclaimed Miro String Quartet and a guitar orchestra of 100 at the Austin City Limits theater.
“Joe is one of those rare guitarists who give this old romantic hope for the future of our beloved instrument,” says Eliot Fisk, one of the world’s great classical guitar players. “I look forward to much more beautiful playing from this exceptional young talent.”
Williams was the Composer-in-Residence for the Austin Classical Guitar Society in 2010. He recently finished a visiting professorship at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico, Fort Lewis College, and Adams State College and has been a teaching assistant at both the University of Arizona and the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Austin while composing, performing and teaching.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located at 906 George Bush Drive in College Station.