Music recital to benefit Kara’s Hope Foundation

Kara’s Hope Foundation is pleased to announce an upcoming recital that will feature Gregory K. Williams, violist, and pianist Juliana Han at the Mastics­-Moriches­-Shirley Community Library on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 2 PM. They will be performing works by Alan Hovhaness, Hans Gál, Günter Raphael, Miklòs Ròsza, and Johannes Brahms.

Admission is free, and the performance is meant to bring awareness to Kara’s Hope Foundation, a non­profit organization based in the William Floyd Community. Kara’s Hope Foundation was founded after the sudden passing of Kara Williams, a senior at William Floyd High School in March 2010. The organization hosts semi­annual blood drives, an annual 5K race, and gives several scholarships annually to William Floyd High School seniors. This year’s 5K Walk/Run for Scholarships, will be taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 9 AM at Southaven Park in Shirley.

“Since our first year, Kara’s Hope Foundation has awarded about $20,000 in scholarships, for graduating William Floyd seniors going into music, early childhood education, and for community service,” said Mr. Williams, Vice President of Kara’s Hope Foundation.

[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“My sister, Kara, was quite active in William Floyd’s music program, studying flute, singing, and dancing in the High School’s musical. Giving a recital is my way of honoring her life and giving back to our community.”[/quote_colored]

Gregory K. Williams, violist.
Gregory K. Williams, violist.

Mr. Williams graduated from William Floyd High School in 2002, going on to study viola performance at Boston University and the Eastman School of Music. He is nearing the completion of his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Viola Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, with the expectation to finish later this year. He teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY Queens College, and is a member of Rhymes With Opera, the Red Door Chamber Players and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Additionally, he has taught privately on viola and violin, having worked with several students in the William Floyd community in recent years.

Juliana Han, pianist.
Juliana Han, pianist.

 

Collaborating with him on the piano is Juliana Han. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is an active collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and soloist. Ms. Han’s recent appearances include Carnegie Hall’s “The Song Continues” series, the Music Academy of the West, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She is currently a doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, previously studied piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Han also holds degrees in biochemistry and law, both from Harvard University, and has professional experience in diverse fields, including business strategy consulting, international health policy, and corporate law.

For more information, please visit www.karashopefoundation.org.

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