DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND THEATRE
2019-20 Music Program Performances

Capital Trio, photo by Mark Schmidt
Beethoven Festival - Concert #1

Wednesday, September 11 at 7pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, the Capital Trio (pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hilary Cumming and cellist Şölen Dikener) performs “Ghost” Trio Op. 70 No. 1 & Cello and Piano Sonatas Op. 69 and Op. 102 No. 1. more info

From Romanticism to Mestizo Modernism: Mexico’s Piano Music
Monday, September 16 at 7pm
Max Lifchitz presents a panoramic view of Mexican piano music performing works written during the 19th and 20th centuries by Ricardo Castro, Carlos Chavez, Manuel M. Ponce and others. more info

Improvisatory Duets: David Rothenberg and Bob Gluck
Thursday, September 26 at 7pm
Clarinetist David Rothenberg joins pianist and electronic musician Bob Gluck to craft a series of improvisations on piano, clarinets, nature sounds and electronics.The performers offer a sneak peek at the concert with an open rehearsal from 3 to 4pm. more info

Beethoven Festival - Concert #2
Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, violinists Hilary Cumming, Elizabeth Silver & Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and pianists Max Caplan, Duncan Cumming & Barbara Musial performs Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 12 No. 1, Op. 12 No. 2, Op. 12 No. 3, Op. 23. more info
Orlando Cela and Carmen Rodriguez Peralta
A Peruvian Sojourn:
Indigenous Melodies, Rhythms and Traditions

Monday, October 7 at 7pm
Boston-based flutist Orlando Cela and pianist Carmen Rodriguez Peralta perform music from South America that combines indigenous and western classical traditions. more info

Student Recital

Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm - Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster

University Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band
Sunday, October 27 at 3pm
Two of the University’s large ensembles present a shared program. more info

Education, Liberation! (or Why the Caged Bird Sings)
Kyra GauntTuesday, October 29 at 7pm
Singer-songwriter and jazz vocalist Kyra Gaunt voices her personal and professional journey from vulnerability to liberation. Offering an intimate evening of music from the repertoire of Black art songs, the game-songs of black girls and her own original compositions, this one-woman show addresses the experience of being Black while teaching, being a woman professing hip-hop and even losing her voice for a year. The performer offers a sneak peek at the concert with an open rehearsal from 3 to 4pm. see show poster

Presented in conjunction with the 400 Years of Inequality Observance supported by University Auxiliary Services.


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Capital Trio, photo by Mark Schmidt
All other photos courtesy of the artists.


The Choral Hour: Mental Wellness

Sunday, November 3 at 3pm
The University Chamber Singers and University-Community Chorale perform a concert program investigating mental wellness in our world and our community. Music will engage with composers and themes centered on issues of mental health as well as investigating how music can help develop mental wellness in our lives. see show poster

Beethoven Festival - Concert #3
Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, violinists Hilary Cumming & Jamecyn Morey and pianists Duncan Cumming, Young Kim & Victoria von Arx perform Violin and Piano Sonatas:  Op. 24, Op. 30 No. 1, Op. 30 No. 2, Op. 30 No. 3. more info

Bach to Broadway 2018University Jazz Ensemble
Monday, November 11 at 7pm
The mid-sized ensemble presents a concert of popular jazz standards. see show poster

Bach to Broadway
Friday, November 15 at 7:30pm
Voice students present an evening of favorites from the classical, Broadway and contemporary repertoire. see show poster

Beethoven Festival - Concert #4
Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, violinist Hilary Cumming and pianists Duncan Cumming & Victoria von Arx perform Violin and Piano Sonatas: Op. 47 and Op. 96. more info

Student Recitals
Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 6pm - Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster
Holiday Concert 2015, photo by Paul Miller
Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 8 at 3pm
Music Program ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra) are joined by student groups (Serendipity, Earth Tones, Pitch Please, Harmonic Cadences) for a concert celebrating the season. see show poster

Twenty Drummers Drummin’
Monday, December 9 at 8pm
The University Percussion Ensemble performs. see show poster


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photo this page:
Bach to Broadway, photo by Savannah Gordon
Holiday Concert, photo by Paul Miller

Beethoven Festival - Concert #5
Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, cellist David Bebe and pianist Young Kim perform Cello and Piano Sonatas: Op. 5 No. 1, Op. 5 No. 2, Op. 102 No. 2.

Akina Yura
Saturday, February 22 at 7pm
This pianist introduces brilliant new works by contemporary composers and performs beloved works from the standard repertory.
Max Lifchitz, photo by Carlo DeJesus

Capital Trio Honors Max Lifchitz
Monday, March 2 at 7pm
Our ensemble in residence performs a special concert of chamber music works by the long time faculty member including “Songs of Ourselves” which the composer wrote to mark last year’s 25th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Beethoven Festival - Concert #6
Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, the Capital Trio and UAlbany students perform Piano Quintet Op. 16, Piano Quartet Op. 16, and String Quartet Op. 18.

Festival of Contemporary Music
Monday, March 9 at 7pm
The University Percussion Ensemble welcomes the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensembles for a concert with newly commissioned work.

Student Recital
Tuesday, March 10 at 6pm - Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster
University Chamber Singers, photo by Gary Gold
Northeast Tour Send-off Concert
Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm
The University Chamber Singers kick off a concert tour of the Northeast by performing a cappella choral works and music with piano from a wide variety of musical eras.

University Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, March 12 at 7:30pm
With conductor Christopher David Neubert, this large ensemble performs works representing outstanding repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods of the 20th and 21st centuries.  The group is well-known for programming works by Dvořák, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Hindemith.

Concert in the Round
Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm
The University Concert Band performs in a small theatre with the audience surrounding the band, just one row away!

Oratorio and Opera
Sunday, March 29 at 3pm
In a concert featuring repertoire from the oratorio and opera world, the University-Community Chorale is joined by the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Wind Orchestra and UAlbany student vocalists performing solo roles.

University-Community Chorale, photo by Gary Gold


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Max Lifchitz, photo by Carlo DeJesus
Chamber Singers and Chorale, photos by Gary Gold

The Opera Project 2019, photo by Sean CorcoranThe Opera Project
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30pm
This performance is the culmination of an intensive exploration and rehearsal of repertoire with an invited operatic director.

Beethoven Festival - Concert #7
Sunday, April 19 at 1:30pm & 4:30pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, young musicians from the Capital Region perform piano sonatas and chamber works as part of the 12th annual Youth Movements.

University Jazz Ensemble
Monday, April 20 at 7pm
The mid-sized ensemble presents a concert of popular jazz standards.

Senior Recital: Ziqiu Guo
Sunday, April 26 at 6pm - Free admission

Student Recitals

Friday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 5 at 6pm - Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster

Beethoven Festival - Concert #8
Sunday, May 3 at 3pm
As part of the season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer's birth, the University Symphony Orchestra, University-Community Chorale and pianist Duncan Cumming perform The Choral Fantasy Op. 80 and other works.

Sound of the Trumpets, Roar of the Drums
Monday, May 4 at 7pm
The University Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble present a shared program.


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff

Photo this page:
The Opera Project 2019, photo by Sean Corcoran