Young violin virtuoso takes part in Philadelphia Orchestra’s tribute to MLK at Girard College

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra (Jan Regan, Philadelphia Orchestra)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra (Jan Regan, Philadelphia Orchestra)

Under the baton of music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a free concert at Girard College Monday afternoon to honor the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating the Philadelphia community with the uniting power of music, the tribute this year will spotlight violin virtuoso Adé Williams.

The 18-year-old, now studying at the Curtis Institute, said she began performing on stage when she was just 6. Williams was the first-place laureate in the junior division of the 2012 Annual Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players.

And while she enjoys chamber music and solo performances, Williams said there’s nothing like “rocking out” within the body of an orchestra.

Morning Edition host Jennifer Lynn spoke with Williams last week.

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