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Musical America names Emory's William Ransom one of '30 Innovators of the Year'

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Emma Yarbrough
Communications Specialist, Arts at Emory

Musical America, a publication at the forefront of classical music, has named Emory University’s William Ransom as one of the “30 Innovators of the Year” in classical music.

As the artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, now in its 24th season, Ransom oversees the presentation of more than 25 free public programs per year in a series of noontime, family and evening concerts.

Several of these concerts feature the Vega String Quartet, Emory’s quartet-in-residence. This year, Ransom announced the establishment of the Rebecca Katz-Doft Chamber Music Endowment. Seeded by a $1 million matching grant from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation, the endowment is designed to permanently fund a string quartet in residence at Emory University.

Ransom, the Mary Emerson Professor of Piano in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, is a pianist and this year released “Listening to Memories,” a solo CD featuring pieces from Bach, Chopin, Brahms and Scott Joplin.

“There are few individuals who possess Will’s profound artistry in combination with his boundless energy and dedication to the nurturing and cultivation of chamber music,” says Richard Prior, conductor of the Emory Symphony Orchestra and director of performance studies at Emory. “His passion for music and its continued importance and relevance within our ongoing cultural narrative is immediately self-evident.”

In addition to his roles at Emory, Ransom serves as the artistic director of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina. In September 2016, he was named the artistic director of the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska.

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