The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present a Beethoven Festival that spans the 2019-20 season and will take place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. The festival kicks off with a concert on Wednesday, September 11 at 7pm with the Capital Trio performing Ghost” Trio Op. 70 No. 1 & Cello and Piano Sonatas Op. 69 and Op. 102 No. 1. 

“I was only a year old for Beethoven’s 200th birthday,” shares festival organizer Duncan Cumming, “and when his 300th rolls around … well, let’s just say I thought I had better celebrate the 250th.”  About the planning of the festival, he adds, “An obvious celebration of Beethoven would include the nine symphonies or the 32 piano sonatas but we decided to pull in area colleagues and focus largely on chamber music.”  With one concert each month of the academic year, the festival’s performers include faculty, guests, students and even young performers.  “We are so honored by Beethoven, to be able to perform the works he’s left for us, and we’re very grateful to so many from the Capital Region for their participation.”

The Capital Trio began as the Cecilia Piano Trio in 1997. They have been chamber ensemble in residence at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center since 2008.  Pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hilary Cumming and cellist Şölen Dikener have performed together throughout the United States and in Europe.  Their recording A Book of Hours, music of William Matthews, was released on Albany Records in 2010 (TROY 1239), and their second recording for Albany Records, music of David Walther, came out in 2013 (TROY 1428). 

The remainder of the festival schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm
Performers: violinists Hilary Cumming, Elizabeth Silver & Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and pianists Max Caplan, Duncan Cumming & Barbara Musial
Program: Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 12 No. 1, Op. 12 No. 2, Op. 12 No. 3, Op. 23

Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm
Performers: violinists Hilary Cumming & Jamecyn Morey and pianists Duncan Cumming, Young Kim & Victoria von Arx
Program: Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 24, Op. 30 No. 1, Op. 30 No. 2, Op. 30 No. 3

Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm
Performers: violinist Hilary Cumming and pianists Duncan Cumming & Victoria von Arx
Program: Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 47 and Op. 96

Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm
Performers: cellist David Bebe and pianist Young Kim
Program: Cello and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 5 No. 1, Op. 5 No. 2, Op. 102 No. 2

Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm
Performers: Capital Trio and UAlbany students
Program: Piano Quintet Op. 16, Piano Quartet Op. 16, and String Quartet Op. 18

Sunday, April 19 at 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Performers: Young musicians from the Capital Region as part of the 12th annual Youth Movements
Program: Piano sonatas and chamber works

Sunday, May 3 at 3pm
Performers: University Symphony Orchestra, University-Community Chorale and pianist Duncan Cumming
Program: The Choral Fantasy Op. 80 and other works

Advance tickets for each concert in the festival are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.


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