poster for 2nd Beethoven Festival concertDEPARTMENT CONTINUES BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the second concert in its season-long Beethoven Festival taking place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Following just three weeks after the festival’s opening concert, this next recital takes place on Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm and features violinists Hilary Cumming, Elizabeth Silver and Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz teaming up with pianists Max Caplan, Duncan Cumming and Barbara Musial to perform Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 12 No. 1, Op. 12 No. 2, Op. 12 No. 3, Op. 23.

Before moving to New York, Hilary Walther Cumming served as concertmaster of the Cape Cod Sinfonietta and the Andover Chamber Orchestra; she has been heard as soloist with these ensembles as well as with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Concord Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed most extensively with the Capital Trio, ATHELAS (Denmark), Boston-based Sarasa, the Abbott Trio, and the Coleridge Ensemble.  As an orchestra musician, she has played in major halls on four continents; as a chamber musician she has recently toured Denmark, France and Switzerland with the Capital Trio.

Liz Silver plays in the Albany Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Emma Willard School in Troy.  At Emma, she conducts the orchestra and the chamber orchestra and she also teaches private violin lessons and coaches chamber music.

Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz was a member of the first violin section of the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1997. She currently performs with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra as well as being the director and violinist of Musicians of Ma’alwyck and concertmaster of Orchestra Pro Musica and the Burnt Hills Oratorio orchestra.  Barker Schwartz teaches violin and viola at both Schenectady County Community College and Union College.

Composer and pianist Max Caplan’s stylistic interests encompass both contemporary classical music and jazz. He recently completed an opera titled Aleda or the Flight of the Suff Bird Women premiered by Musicians of Ma’alwyck (which commissioned the work), followed by a second commission of a silent film score Under Four Flags, a WWI movie about the front lines of the war in 1918.

Duncan J. Cumming has performed concertos, recitals and chamber music concerts in Boston, New York, Princeton, Washington DC, Chicago, St. Paul, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada, Scotland, England, France, Denmark, Czech Republic, Russia, and Malawi among other places.  Cumming is now in his thirteenth year on the faculty of the Department of Music and Theatre.

Barbara Musial is currently the Director of Music at the Chapel and Cultural Center at RPI in Troy. She is accompanist, chapel organist and a member of the teaching faculty in piano at The Emma Willard School.  She is also the accompanist for The Sage Singers at Russell Sage College and Music Director at The Theatre Institute at Sage.  She is a member of the Duo-Piano team Musial and Musial, performing extensively throughout the Northeast and prize winners in the National Federation of Music Clubs Ellis Duo-Piano Competition.

The remainder of the festival schedule is as follows:

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: Karen Hosmer, Brett Wery, 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: School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet and young musicians from the Capital Region
Program: Piano sonatas and chamber works

Sunday, May 3 at 3pm
Performers: University Symphony Orchestra, University-Community Chorale & 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.