The William Menefield Quintet @9:30pm
January 3, 2020 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Pianist William Menefield with his eclectic sound of Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Classical, draws the audience in with each note, in every song, at all performances. The Atlanta-based musician and composer flawlessly and creatively blends the influences of Stevie Wonder with Beethoven and Kenny Kirkland with Bach. William’s distinctive style creates a sound that is uniquely robust and smooth.
He wrote his first piece at age 8, responding to his mother’s removal of all televisions from their home, and has been composing ever since. The passion and dedication to his craft continued and he later went on to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin (2011).
He has been a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2005) and Cincinnati Opera’s “Opera Goes to Church” (2006, 2013, 2016). Most recently, William participated on the creative team that produced music for an upcoming HBO pilot, and served as Musical Director for Jennifer Holliday (2018). In May of 2019, William’s choral orchestral piece, Prism, commissioned by the Young Professionals Choral Collective, premiered at Union Terminal in Cincinnati and at Carnegie Hall in New York.