Paul D. Williams

Paul Williams

Paul Williams, a native of North Carolina, has written for Classical Voice of North Carolina since early in 2007. For several years he was a reviewer for the News & Observer in Raleigh. He believes that the reviewer should seek out the positive aspects of a performance, particularly when the performers are amateurs. Except for the most egregious cases then, more oblique references may be made to areas in need of improvement.

He is a graduate of Furman and Auburn universities. He retired from the electronic computing industry, and later from a secondary career teaching mathematics and computer courses at Shaw University. He has also taught in adjunct status at Auburn University, Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

His interest in music springs from early studies in high school and college, but still more so from a lifetime of listening and appreciating. That time spread has included multiple years as a choral performer. In fact, vocal music tends to move him like no other form. (To fill out his all-time favorite vocal spectrum, he would choose soprano Zinka Milanov, contralto Christa Ludwig, and tenor Richard Crooks. Innate modesty forbids that he identify his favorite baritone.)

Articles by Paul D. Williams:

Meredith Music Ensembles Celebrate Upcoming Winter in Warm Style

Holiday Concert Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 6, 2015

The Raleigh Concert Band – Sterling, and Properly British

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 7, 2015

Hillyer Community Chorus Spectrum: Mozart to Randall Thompson

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  May 17, 2015

NC Symphony Wind Players Horn in on William Peace

Wind Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 6, 2015

Fire Pink Trio: Music Fit for the Goddesses

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 15, 2015

At William Peace: NCMC Chamber Choir Celebrates the '70s – Times Six  

Chamber Music, Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 14, 2015

NC Symphony Players Bring Out the Big Guns at High Noon

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 30, 2015

The Spirit of Artie Shaw Brings the Swing Era Back to Cary

Jazz Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 23, 2015

Vox Virorum Performs with Vim and Verve

Vocal Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 18, 2015

Meredith College Winterfest both Wintry and Festive

Holiday Concert, Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 7, 2014

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Players Go Back to School

Orchestral Music, Youth Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 6, 2014

Raleigh Camerata – Persuasion of the Affections (without Affectations)

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 5, 2014

Hinshaw Music Company Workshop

Choral Music, Contemporary Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  August 1, 2014

North Carolina Symphony Brings Broadway Romance to Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Musical Theatre, Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 7, 2014

Hillyer Community Chorus Offers Staples of Choral Literature

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  May 18, 2014

Free (Canadian) Spirits Hover Over Downtown Cary

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 29, 2013

NC Symphony and Milanov Weave a Thousand and One Magic Tales

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 26, 2013

NC State Choirs Captivate Audience at Holy Trinity

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 5, 2013

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Provides Platforms for Competition Winners

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 17, 2013

Fire Pinks Bloom at NC State University on Valentine's Day

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 14, 2013

James Longmire: Art Song Artistry in Artistic Setting

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 10, 2013

Triangle Youth Philharmonic Celebrates Christmas Season No. 25

Dance, Youth Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 12, 2012

With a Little Help, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Ushers In Yuletide

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 1, 2012

NCSU Stages Choral Celebration of Homecoming Week

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 1, 2012

Meredith Faculty Members Offer Impressions of Debussy

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 26, 2012

Raleigh Symphony Rolls a Pair of Sevens

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 21, 2012

Aurora Musicalis Makes a Good Friday Still Better

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 6, 2012

The Towne Players: Driving Miss Daisy All Around Garner

Theatre Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 20, 2012

Oakwood Waits Elevate Music of Christmas

Holiday Concert, Vocal Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 11, 2011

Triangle Brass Band Lifts Off to the Moon and Other Celestial Locales

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 19, 2011

Free Spirits Ensemble Performs New Works under Old Influences

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 2, 2011

Raleigh Ringers Launch Twenty-First Summer Concert Series

Handbell Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 5, 2011

Daedalus Soars at Saint Mary's School

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 12, 2011

Happy Twenty-Fifth Anniversary to the Triangle Brass Band!

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 20, 2011

NC State Chorale Singers Spring into Spring at Holy Trinity

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 19, 2011

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and a Sound Extravaganza

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 27, 2011

Strings Attached (Yet Again) at Meredith

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 22, 2011

Durham Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 15, 2011

North Carolina Symphony Radiates Quality in a Couple of Showpieces

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 14, 2011

Garner Audience to RTOOT: Your Music (Somewhat) Better Than None

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 14, 2010

The Oakwood Waits Banish Christmas Blahs Around Moore Square

Choral Music, Holiday Concert Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 12, 2010

Instrumental and Choral Forces Bestow "Holiday Concerts" on NC State University

Choral Music, Holiday Concert, Instrumental Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 3, 2010

Instrumental and Choral Forces Bestow "Holiday Concerts" on NC State University

Choral Music, Holiday Concert, Instrumental Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 2, 2010

Playhouse Creatures from the Seventeenth Century Descend upon Meredith

Theatre Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 9, 2010

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Begins Thirty-first with Three Staples

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 17, 2010

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra Makes Threefold Keyboard Connections

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 3, 2010

North Carolina Symphony and Soloists Get Down to the Basics

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 24, 2010

Storied Old Venue Embraces "New Music"

Contemporary Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 12, 2010

Strings Are (Re)Attached at Meredith

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  August 28, 2010

Audience and "Learned Judge" Prevail in Trial by Jury

Operetta Review by Paul D. Williams,  August 20, 2010

Paco Band Beats the Heat With Burning Coal

Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  July 25, 2010

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market Serves Up Zucchini and Puccini

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  July 14, 2010

Mallarmé Chamber Players Skillfully Surf "Cross Currents"

Chamber Music, Chamber Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  July 8, 2010

North Carolina Symphony Begins Tenth Season at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 19, 2010

A Time of Peace Settles Over Duke Chapel

Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 13, 2010

Animated Recital Quickens a Lazy Saturday Afternoon

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 12, 2010

Young Philharmonic Association Musicians Deliver Skill and Exuberance

Youth Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  May 11, 2010

NC State Chorale Serenades Holy Trinity Lutherans

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 15, 2010

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra Looks Back at the New Deal After 75 Years

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 10, 2010

North Carolina Symphony Traverses Broad Style Spectrum

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 9, 2010

"The Rising Sun" Shines Brightly on the Triangle Brass Band

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 13, 2010

Brahms Sextets Create Strong "Cross Currents" Between Brussels and Raleigh

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 12, 2010

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra Goes "Bach-a-nalian" at NCSU

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 28, 2010

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Sends a Valentine to Meredith Audience

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 14, 2010

A Follow-up on a Memorable Visit to NC

Handbell Ensemble Media Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 8, 2010

Keowee "Sounds From the Western End of North Carolina" Come to Raleigh

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 14, 2010

Oakwood Waits Pull in Large Crowd at Pullen

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 13, 2009

Wind and Jazz Ensembles in Holiday Mode at NCSU

Jazz, Wind Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 3, 2009

Raleigh Civic Symphony Presents an Afternoon of Romantic Adventures

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 15, 2009

Garrick Ohlsson and North Carolina Symphony Impress Large Audience With Two Works

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 7, 2009

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra Does Schubert (Times 2) at NCSU

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 4, 2009

Free Spirits (and Electric Fans) at Large in Holly Springs

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 20, 2009

Yet Another Tenor Threesome Emerges in the Triangle Area

Vocal Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 13, 2009

Strings - and More - Attached at Meredith

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  August 22, 2009

Triangle Brass Band Jump-Starts Early Fourth-of-July Celebration

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 27, 2009

American Voices Sing Out for Long Leaf Opera

Vocal Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 20, 2009

Diverse Duos Hold Forth for Raleigh Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 9, 2009

Raleigh Ringers Open Twentieth Summer Concert Series

Handbell Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 7, 2009

Triangle Youth Brass Sparkles with Sparke

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  May 23, 2009

The Triangle Youth Philharmonic Demonstrates Maturity

Youth Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  May 3, 2009

Wake Forest University Brings the Newest of the New to the N.C. Museum of Art

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 26, 2009

NCSU Vocal Ensembles Spring into Spring

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 23, 2009

The Earth Matters to the Raleigh Civic Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 19, 2009

N.C. State Wind Ensemble Blows for All

Wind Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 16, 2009

The Soul of the World Meets The Seven Last Words

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 11, 2009

The Free Spirits Ensemble Unveils Composers

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 22, 2009

The (Friendly) Battle of the Bands

Wind Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 8, 2009

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Presents Brahms and Friends

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 7, 2009

Magic Theater From Mozart to Rochberg

Chamber Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 25, 2009

Aria, Ballet, and Concerto - The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra at Meredith

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 7, 2009

A Ceremony of Carols (Squared) In Cary

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 20, 2008

Oakwood Waits Worth the Wait

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 14, 2008

WinterFest at Meredith College

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 7, 2008

A Fable and a Wedding The N. C. Master Chorale and Chamber Choir

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 15, 2008

Through Many Centuries at St. Mary's

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 11, 2008

Sonos Fully Sonorous at Vance-Granville

Handbell Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 8, 2008

"APPropos!" Strictly Apropos at Meredith

Vocal Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 13, 2008

Eclecticism Celebrated: Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 5, 2008

The Complete History of America (Highly Questionable)

Theatre Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 20, 2008

NCSU Center Stage - Chapter 6

Vocal Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 5, 2008

If Music Be the Food of Love...

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  July 17, 2008

North Carolina Symphony - Classical Stories

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 14, 2008

Vocal Arts Ensemble: Beyond All Mortal Dreams

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 7, 2008

Raleigh Civic Symphony Dreams of China

Orchestral Music, World Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 20, 2008

The Operatic Requiem

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 19, 2008

Cathcart and Laufer Dazzle at Saint Mary's

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 11, 2008

Meredith College Chorale & Encore

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 28, 2008

Hear Ye! The Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 24, 2008

A Saint Mary's French Evening

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 29, 2008

Degas with Bartók and Beethoven

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  January 13, 2008

Brass Band Sing-Along

Brass Band Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 17, 2007

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and Raleigh Boychoir

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 9, 2007

Hummel: Te Deum and Missa Solemnis

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  December 2, 2007

Holiday Pops Raleigh

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 23, 2007

Imani Winds - RCMG

Chamber Music, Wind Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 18, 2007

NCSU Choral Collage

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 16, 2007

NCSU Chamber Singers

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 14, 2007

RCMG: Susan Dunn

Recital Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 11, 2007

The Caribbean Comes to Cary

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  November 8, 2007

Fall Choral Concert at Meredith

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 23, 2007

Katherine Kaufman Posner and Margaret Singer

Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 20, 2007

Beethoven & McPhee: Interlocking Movements

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  October 7, 2007

Some Works of Thirteenth-Century Rumi = Blues

Chamber Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  September 21, 2007

The Raleigh Ringers

Handbell Ensemble Review by Paul D. Williams,  June 9, 2007

Sturgis Leads Mozart Requiem and More

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 22, 2007

Peace College Chamber Singers

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 18, 2007

Raleigh Civic Symphony Provides Images of Love

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  April 15, 2007

RSO - Passing on the Traditions

Orchestral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  March 18, 2007

Master Chorale: Romance in the Air

Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams,  February 10, 2007