Williams spoke first to the violin and viola classes at Mayfair, answering questions and demonstrating technique during an intimate master class. In addition to violin, Williams can play viola and piano.
She then performed Gigue Partita No. 3 in E Major, BMV 1006 by JoHann Sebastian Bach for all students at the Mayfair site. Williams explored the work with the children as they discussed how music “moves” you and draws emotion from the listener. Bach’s Gigue, they jointly decided, is happy and exciting, and made them want to dance.
Williams, who began playing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on violin at three years old, played her first solo as a guest performer in front of an orchestra when she was only six. She now travels as a guest performer and is in her second year of college at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Her best advice to Baton Rouge’s upcoming music superstars:
“Practice. Practice at home as much as you can. Try for an hour to an hour-and-a-half each day. I practice sometimes for 8 straight hours on a Saturday. I love practicing. If you love practicing, you will get a lot better! And don’t forget to have FUN!”
Williams was Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s guest soloist at their Masterworks concert January 28. Prior to the show, Williams visited various groups around the Baton Rouge area to speak and give demonstrations. Her visit to Mayfair was made possible by BRSO’s generosity.
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