The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the sixth offering in its season-long Beethoven Festival taking place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. The next concert takes place on Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm and features Capital Trio, UAlbany’s ensemble in residence, with guest artists Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz (violin), Karen Hosmer (oboe), Brett Wery (clarinet), Katy Svatek (French horn), and Gerald Lanoue (bassoon).

The recital is a “concept concert” in which two transcriptions of Opus 16 (Piano Quintet and Piano Quartet, both in E flat major) will be performed.  To culminate the evening, the performers will experiment with an Octet for piano, winds and strings of the same opus.

“I can’t imagine that both versions of Op. 16 have been presented on the same program very often, if ever, because chamber programs often include wind players or string players but only both when the repertoire calls for both,” claims festival organizer Duncan Cumming. “What is even more likely to be a first is our idea to follow up the two versions of this piece with our own invention, a version for octet including all of the players.  Since all the string and wind players will already be together, it was irresistible to me to at least try a movement as a full octet.  I hope Beethoven would laugh if he heard it; it is equally likely that he’d box my ears.”

The remainder of the festival schedule is as follows:

Sunday, April 19 at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm
Performers: School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet (1:30pm) and young musicians from the Capital Region (4:30 and 7:30pm)
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.

About the artists in the March 4 Concert

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.

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.

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 and a member of the Capital Trio.

Şölen Dikener performs classical and baroque cello. He began his performing career in 1985 with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey. Since then, he has appeared as a solo performer in the USA, Germany, Austria, France, Turkey and England performing with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Huntington Symphony, CMU Orchestra, Kalamazoo College Orchestra, Marshall Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony, Presidential Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony and Hacettepe Symphony. Dikener is a member of Capital Trio.

Karen Hosmer is a professor at SUNY Schenectady, principal oboe of the Albany Symphony, and oboe/English horn with the Springfield, MA Symphony. She has been a concerto soloist in Lithuania, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Hosmer has received honors in the Gillet International Oboe Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and Coleman Competition. She has recorded for the Argos and Naxos labels.

Gerald Lanoue is an active bassoonist, conductor and teacher in the upstate New York and Southern Vermont. As a freelance bassoonist, he plays with many organizations throughout the Northeast including Albany Pro Musica, Heliand Consort and the Opera Company of Middlebury.  He is the Music Director of the Music Company Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Sage City Symphony.

Kathryn Svatek is a horn player and private teacher in the Albany area. An active orchestral and chamber player, she regularly performs with Albany Pro Musica Orchestra, Burnt Hills Oratorio, Octavo Singers, Broad Street Chorale, Glens Falls Symphony and Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Svatek is a regular member of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and the woodwind quintet, Quintocracy.

Brett Wery is a freelance clarinetist/saxophonist and has performed with many area orchestras and bands including the Empire Jazz Orchestra and the Schenectady Symphony. An active composer/arranger and member of ASCAP and SCI, his works have been performed on three different continents. Recently premiered works include Making the Darkness Conscious, Sonata for Multiple Woodwinds, and Sonata for Soprano Saxophone.