Critically-acclaimed violinist John McLaughlin Williams played to a full house at Music on the Menu, part of the Cayman Arts Festival which took place at Luca on Wednesday, 25 April.
Music on the Menu is an occasional concert series – organised by the Cayman Arts Festival committee – that is designed to be an entertaining and educationally enriching evening. This latest event in the series aimed to raise awareness and also funding for the development of the Cayman Youth Choir. Every ticket for the event was sold.
Attendees were welcomed with a champagne reception. The short concert was then performed prior to a three-course meal being served.
Mr. Williams was joined by Glen Inanga, artistic director of the Cayman Arts Festival on the piano.
The recital, titled Rule Britannia, consisted of a selection of lesser-known works for piano and violin by British composers. Mr. Williams described it as “some of the best music ever written – that you have probably never heard of.” Prior to playing each piece, Mr. Williams and Mr. Inanga provided some background on the composer in question or the story behind a particular piece of music.
Mr. Williams, who is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been playing the violin since age 10. In recent years, however, he has moved into conducting, for which he has thus far received two Grammy Awards and international recognition.
Mr. Williams has been a regular visitor to the Cayman Islands since 2004. The first time he visited was when he was invited to conduct the orchestra for the Cayman Arts Festival. He has also worked with the Cayman Islands Department of Education in assessing students and adjudicating the Cayman Young Musician of the Year contest.