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Three Concerts in a Row: Baroque Trio, Holiday Concert and Twenty Drummers Drummin'

The Baroque Trio plays rarely heard works by Lanzetti, Duport and Locatelli. (Photo, courtesy of Kim Engel)

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 2, 2015) – The Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of music this weekend, with the Baroque Trio on Saturday evening, the Holiday Concert on Sunday afternoon, and Twenty Drummers Drummin’ on Monday evening.

On Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, the Baroque Trio will perform music of Baroque era composers from Italy, France and Germany, including rarely heard works by Lanzetti, Duport and Locatelli.

Comprised of baroque cellist Şölen Dikener, harpsichordist Yeşim Dikener and violinist Hilary Cumming, the trio performs music of Baroque era composers from Italy, France and Germany including rarely heard works by Lanzetti, Duport and Locatelli.

Şőlen Dikener is a professor of cello at Marshall University who studied cello with the legendary cellist Paul Tortelier. Pianist Yeşim Dikener is a staff accompanist at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. Violinist Hilary Walther Cumming teaches at the University at Albany.

On Sunday, December 6, at 4 p.m. in the Main Theatre, the Holiday Concert will feature music program ensembles including the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. They will be joined by student groups including Serendipity, the Earth Tones, the Golden Chords and Pitch Please for a concert celebrating the season.

On Monday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, the Department of Music and Theatre presents Twenty Drummers Drummin’.

The concert honors Paul Elisha, a veteran, musician, journalist and radio host who passed away in August.

In the featured work of the concert, the University Percussion Ensemble will be joined by the combined University-Community Chorale and University Chamber Singers to perform “Drums and Echoes,” a work composed by Elisha (text) and Richard Albagli (music) in remembrance of World War II.

Elisha was well known in the Capital Region for his work in state government, at NY Common Cause, as a musician and conductor and at WAMC.

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