Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
Brevard Concert Orchestra
Ken Lam, conductor
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
Overture Program Information
Artist Information (Show)
DR. KRAIG ALAN WILLIAMS, conductor
Director, Brevard Symphonic Winds
Dr. Kraig Alan Williams is currently the Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of the Wind Studies Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. His duties include the artistic guidance of the GRAMMY-nominated Rutgers Wind Ensemble and administration of all aspects of a large, dynamic, and comprehensive university band program. Other responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting and the mentoring of master’s and doctoral students in Wind Studies.
Maintaining an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer, Williams has appeared in those capacities in more than 15 states and with such prominent ensembles as the Dallas Wind Symphony and The United States Air Force Band. Williams has conducted performances in Graz, Budapest, Malta, Marktoberdorf, and Prague. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, conducted live radio broadcasts on NPR, and has recorded for Mark Records, Albany Records, and ADK in Prague, Czech Republic.
Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Williams served as the Director of Bands at University of Memphis (2003-2011); conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony and director of the Duke in Vienna program (1997-2000); director of bands and chamber ensembles at California State University, Los Angeles (1993-1996); assistant conductor of Southern California Inland Empire Symphony and Los Angeles Solo Repertoire Orchestra in Burbank, and Music Director of the Lake Elsinore Civic Light Opera (1990-1993).
Williams received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Jerry F. Junkin. He received a Master of Music degree in performance from California State University, Northridge. Williams is a member of CBDNA, TMEA, and is a sponsor and honorary member of the Memphis chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Williams joined the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center in 2001 and was named Director of Band Activities in 2008. He has regularly achieved critical acclaim for his work with the Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds.
KEN LAM, conductor
BMC Resident Conductor
Ken Lam is Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices.
In 2011, Mr. Lam won the Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition and was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra’s 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony. He made his US professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons he has led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois, Hawaii, Meridian, Hilton Head, and the Brevard Philharmonic, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
In opera, he has led critically acclaimed productions at Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, and at the Luminato Festival in Canada, and has directed numerous productions of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard.
Ken Lam studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at Peabody Conservatory, David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute. Previous conducting positions include Associate Conductor for Education of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He read economics and law at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, and previously spent ten years as an attorney specializing in international finance.
Mr. Lam was the recipient of the 2015 Johns Hopkins University Global Achievement Award.