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​​Superb Musicianship Recognized in Florida -2017 VSA Florida Young Soloists Selected

​PRESS RELEASE         CONTACT: wfinklea@usf.eduVSA Florida     University of South Florida                     February 14, 2017

VSA Florida is pleased to announce the winners of their 10th Annual 2017 VSA Florida Young Soloist Competition who will be representing the State of Florida in the VSA International Competition in Washington, D.C. later this year. Congratulations to 19 year old pianist, James Williams from Pasco County and Jennifer Gordon, age 17, from St. Johns County. Through a strict adjudication process facilitated by Tampa Bay professors of music at the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus, the two will represent Florida in their quest for the international title. The coveted annual international award goes to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena, providing an opportunity for these emerging musical artists to each earn a $2,500 award, professional development and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Both the Florida and International Young Soloist Program seek to identify talented musicians, age 14-26 who have a disability with the intention of increasing their likelihood for successful careers in the arts. This outstanding program delivers by offering opportunities to serious music students to highlight their craft and performance ability at venues throughout Florida. Through a partnership with the Florida Orchestra and Ashley Furniture, each winner will perform at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg in October 2017 at the orchestra's annual Concert in the Park. 
​​James A Williams fell in love with classical music when quite young and taught himself, by ear, to play the piano despite the lack of formal training or the ability to even read sheet music. Autism makes this gift even more relevant. After winning a school talent show in 2010, James produced a fundraising CD, A Moment with the Classics.

"Playing the piano brings me peace and solace from difficult times and the courage to overcome adversity. I am more able to concentrate when I play my classical music and love to see the enjoyment of others when I play for them". 

Jennifer Gordon began singing and discovered her love of music at an early age. Although diagnosed by the age of nine with Tourette syndrome, characterized by a series of tics and unanticipated movements, Jennifer reaped the unexpected therapeutic benefits of making music with her voice ...the tics vanished!  Jennifer attends Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida dedicates herself to her art form by taking advanced coursework such as AP Music Theory and music history as well as participating in the school chorus. Jennifer attended Interlochen Arts Camp-Young Vocal Artist Program in 2014 and in 2016 attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, recognized internationally as a premier summer training program for aspiring young musicians. 

 "All of my life", Jennifer writes, "I have faced obstacles; with each obstacle I grew stronger and used my voice not only as a way to create art, but as a tool to pave the way for other young artists with disabilities." 
James has been performing in and around town - please click on the link for more details ...

by A Moment With The Classics on June 23rd, 2012

James is available to play at weddings and other special events - book now to avoid disappointment!

by A Moment With The Classics on June 22nd, 2012


Christmas and Ivory

Planet Beach Customer Appreciation Party for Autism Awareness.  Thursday August 28th 5pm - 8pm.
James performed at the Festival of Flight event held on September 19th - 21st at the Tampa North Flight Center, 4241 Birdsong Blvd, Lutz, Florida.

Grand Opening for A Cup of Organic at the Jabil Center, St Pete's

James performed at the Reset Event presented by Harvest Time Ministries on Friday December 5th 2014.
James performed at the Christmas Avalon Aglow event on December 13th 2014.  This event featured vendors - including Legal Shield, a bounce park and fireworks!
​James performed on Sunday January 18th in celebration of Martin Luther King Week, at the festival.  
First Friday Jazz at Simply 2
​Join us for some First Friday fun as we launch into the month of February! Great food, music and fun with special guest pianist Ben Winkler!
James performed at the Autism Music Festival on Sunday February 15th.
​​James performed at the Henry Plant History Museum in Tampa on April 16th 2015 .
​​​James performed in the  "Jazzy Blues Bash" hosted by Wright Still on April 12th 2015 in Seffner. Find out more on his Facebook page
​James played at the Oasis Wesley Chapel 2nd Anniversary celebration on May 11th.  Find out more here and come along to give your support!
​As a special treat, James Williams played piano for the reception at the Launch and concert For Just A Time As This - a new BOOK by Linda Mangione If you have never heard James, he is an amazing, self-taught classical pianist...and he's still a teenager! Thanks James, with A Moment with the Classics for helping to make Linda's night a success on May 30th.!
James performed on Saturday June 27th at the 2nd Annual Center Stage Talent Show.
Festival of Flight

Celebrating everything that flies! Hot Air Balloons, Planes, Trikes, Helicopters, Kites, and more. Hot Air Balloon Rides are available by contacting American Balloons - ​James performed at the Wesley Chapel Festival of Flight on September 12th 2015.

Haute Accessories Week

James performed at this event when HAUTE returned for its signature fifth season. Celebrating 5 years of awesome accessories on the runway... At HAUTE, It's all about the ACCESSORIES.
James performed at this luncheon held on September 8th 2015.
​Charity concert and night of fashion event supporting Autism and Cancer held on Friday September 11th 2015
James played at the 2015 Fall Festival at the Grove Shopping Center.
James performed at the Talent show case at Vinoy Park on October 17th 2015 for the Florida Young Soloists event
​​James performed at the Cobb Theatre on November 7th as part of their Dream Big Event. 
​​​James performed at the Cobb Theatre on November 7th as part of their Dream Big Event
​James was honored to perform at Els for Autism on Monday December 7th for their first Christmas Concert in Jupiter
James performed again at the annual Avalon Aglow event last December.
​​James performed again at the special reception dinner for the Black Heritage Festival ​on Sunday January 17th at 7pm, held in Tampa.  For more details see their website.
Moonlight and Ivory - James performed at the Heritage Art's "Moonlight and Ivory" event on Saturday February 6th at the 2pm and 7.30pm shows. 
​James performed again at the special reception dinner for the Black Heritage Festival on Sunday January 17th at 7pm, held in Tampa.  For more details check out the web page.
​James performed at the Ernie Els - Awe in Autism Conference and Expo on Friday April 1st in Juniper, Florida.  
​James performed at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival on March 20th 2016.
​James competed in the the second annual Impact’s Got Talent Competition which was held on Friday May 6th at Bloomingdale High School.  This event featured special guest judges and all ticket sales benefitted the Impact program.  
Pop Up Shop

 James performed at the Pottery Barn at Wiregrass Mall on Saturday July 16th 2016 for a local community event. 
​James performed at the Dinner in the Dark Banquet at the Brevard Achievement Center on Saturday 27th August
Youth Talent Showcase
James was one of many performers who took part in the Tampa Bay Talent Youth Talent Showcase, held on Friday August 19th. 

​Proceeds from this event benefitted Arts In Motion (AIM), Sunrise of Pasco County and The Landing Youth Ministry (Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay)

Sponsors for this event included,

James when he will be performed at the Wedding Expo held on September 17th 2016 at the Pottery Barn, Hyde Park, Tampa.
Impact Celebration Gala  held on September 22nd.  
James was one of the many awesome talents that performed at this year's Go Worship Concert  held on September 24th.

​Another opportunity to hear James perform and support great charities! This event was held on October 1st.

James performed at the CORE EyeBall Gala, Tampa
 on October 8th.

Partners in Progress

The Reach Festival was held on October 29th where attendees had another chance to hear James perform.

James opened with a performance at the Wesley Chapel Jazz Festival held on October 15th.
​OASIS - Wesley Chapel Expansion Open House was held on November 3rd and James played at this event.
A Christmas Prelude;

​A Moment With The Classics proudly presented the sounds of the Christmas season with music by David Hicken performed by James A Williams.  This event featured some of the top performances from the Tampa Bay Talent Showcase!

​Come out and listen to James performed at  the start of the festivities at Wiregrass Mall, on Monday Nov 12 2016.
​James performed at Avalon Park West's annual festivities at Avalon Park West on December 10th 2016.

​Helping Hands - Evening of Music at USF ...

​James performed at this free community event on May 20th.
​On Saturday April 8th 2017, James presented  "Tampa Bay Talent 2017" largely due to the overwhelming number of requests from those attending the previous competition.  This event was in partnership with Avalon Park West and had a large number of people in attendance.  There was also a Community Spring event earlier in the afternoon.

Proceeds will be donated to A Kids Place and ROOF (Residential Options Of Florida).  There were food trucks, local vendors – including makeup, jewelry, clothing, music, finance, books etc, Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny photos, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), Karaoke and canvas painting.  

The main purpose of the event(s) are to bring the arts in the Tampa Bay area to the forefront and raise funds for local charities that focus on youth, disabilities and/or education. Recent nominated organizations have included Arts In Motion (AIM), Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter; Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay, Youth Ministry; Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers; Autism Foundation of Tampa Bay; Bright Hopes – Pasco County, FRIENDS Down Syndrome – Tampa, A Kids Place and ROOF (Residential Options Of Florida).

For more information about this and other events contact Stephanie Stevens at!  See you at the next one …"

​Family Field Day - Saturday June 24th

​Multicultural Family Date - June 25th

Bikes for Christ

by A Moment With The Classics on June 22nd, 2012

James A Williams is ready to play at your next event. Hit the right note and create a great ambience for your guests.  

Don't delay - book today!

Enjoy the relaxing and inspiring music of this young and gifted musician.  

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