The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present the fifth annual Youth Movements Festival from February 6-10, 2013 at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.  This year’s festival is centered on music from Eastern Europe. The three events celebrate youth of all ages, both in terms of the music performed and the participants performing.

Kicking off the series on Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30pm will be a performance by Capital Trio, the ensemble-in-residence at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.  Trio members Duncan Cumming (piano), Hilary Cumming (violin) and Şölen Dikener (cello) will offer a program that includes Beethoven’s Sonata in C major, Op. 102 No. 1; Smetana’s Z Domoviny and Dvořák’s Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”).

On Saturday, February 9 at 1pm, faculty member Duncan Cumming will offer a master class for the Marian Brown Day of scholarship.  Marian S. Brown was a pianist and teacher who lived in Albany until her death in 1998. During her career, she was president of the Monday Musical Club and of District 6 of the New York State Music Teachers Association.  This master class on piano music across the centuries for students and teachers commemorates the way that Ms. Brown lived her life as a performer and music educator.

The grand finale of the festival will take place on Sunday, February 10 at 1pm with a program for pianists of all ages from around the Capital Region who will play works by Bela Bartok. Bartok composed hundreds of teaching pieces.  His most famous contribution to the teaching literature is a set of six volumes containing 153 pieces called Mikrokosmos.  Working through this set, the student pianist can start at the very beginning of study and work his way up to significant concert repertoire.  To illustrate this, the program will feature the very first and last from this set, as well as a few in between, and many other pieces as well. 

Tickets for the February 6 concert by Capital Trio are $8 for the general public and $4 for seniors, students and UAlbany faculty-staff. Tickets may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office. Participation in the February 9 master class and admission to the February 10 performance are free.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.