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Described by Klassik Begeisert as a “master of intense sound waves with a pioneering spirit” Mississippi’s own William Garfield Walker is an emerging young conductor quickly establishing himself on the international stage. Chief Conductor and founder of the Nova Orchester Wien(NOW!), Walker is a 2022 recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award and the 2022 Third Prize winner of the Only Stage International Conducting Competition. Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey catches up with William and finds out what he has been up to and what the future holds for this rising global conducting star.



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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.