On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor At Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with internationally respected conductor and Jackson native William Garfield Walker. Described by Klassik begeisert as a “master of intense sound waves with a pioneering spirit” William Garfield Walker is an emerging young American conductor quickly establishing himself on the international stage.

Hailed as a “Modern Day Maestro”, Walker is currently the Chief Conductor of the Nova Orchester Wien(NOW!)- Vienna’s newest professional orchestra. Within their first performances together Walker and NOW! have performed Mahler at the legendary Wiener Musikverein as well as for the 2020 G20 economic forum.

He also serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the “Master Camerata Orchestra”- the professional orchestra of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s International summer music festival, “Premier Orchestral Institute”. Previously he served as Principal Conductor of the Moonlight Symphony Orchestra, the Royal College of Music Oratorio Society, and at the age of 20, founded the Virtuoso Philharmonic of Chicago.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.