The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the fourth concert in its season-long Beethoven Festival taking place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Following earlier concerts in September, October and November, this next recital takes place on Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm and features violinist Hilary Cumming with pianists Duncan Cumming and Victoria von Arx. The program will include Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 47 and Op. 96.  

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.

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.

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:

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 Trio Op. 9 No. 1

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.