poster for 3rd 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 third concert in its season-long Beethoven Festival taking place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Following concerts in September and October, this next recital takes place on Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm and features violinists Hilary Cumming and Jamecyn Morey teaming up with pianists Duncan Cumming, Young Kim and Victoria von Arx. The program will include Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 24 and Op. 30 Nos. 1-3.  

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.

Jamecyn Morey is an active solo, chamber and orchestral violinist. Ms. Morey has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra at Lincoln Center, Young Musicians and Artists Festival Orchestra in Oregon and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. She also recently completed the premiere recording of Michael Daugherty’s “This Land Sings" as solo violin for Naxos Records.  Morey serves as violin faculty at the College of Saint Rose and is the second violinist of the Hyperion String Quartet. She is also a member of the first violin section of the Albany Symphony, and is the Director for the Academy for Strings, a pre-college music program in the Capital Region.

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.

Steinway artist Young Kim has performed internationally as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras, in addition to appearing numerous times as a chamber musician.  A native of South Korea, Kim has performed in international concert venues in Korea, Russia and Hungary. Since moving to the Capital District in 2000, she appeared as a soloist with Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. She is one of the founding members of the Saint Rose Camerata, a faculty ensemble in residence at The College of Saint Rose where she is currently Professor of Piano.

Victoria von Arx is a member of the music faculty at the University at Albany and an active performer of piano and chamber music. She has performed and taught in New York City, New Jersey, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and has served on both the faculty and the executive committee of the Adamant Music School in Vermont. Her book, Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau: A Guide to His Techniques and Philosophy, draws on her extensive studies with two protégés of Arrau, Frederick Marvin and Germán Diez, and is available from Oxford University Press.

The remainder of the festival schedule is as follows:

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.