The Capital Duo
November 13, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Congregational
North Conway, NH
Hilary Walther Cumming, violin
Duncan Cumming, piano
Sonata in F major, Op. 24 (Frühlings-Sonate) Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827)
Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
Three Compositions, Op. 40 Amy Beach (1867-1944)
Sonata in A major, Op. 100 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)
Violinist Hilary Walther Cumming teaches at the University at Albany and performs as the
violinist of the Capital Trio with American pianist Duncan Cumming and Turkish cellist Sölen
Dikener. Before moving to New York, she served as concertmaster of the Cape Cod Sinfoniettaand the Andover Chamber Orchestra; she has been heard as soloist with these ensembles as wellas with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Concord Orchestra, and the Boston SymphonyOrchestra. Principal influences for her style and discipline are Joseph Silverstein, Franco Gulli and Shmuel Ashkenasi on modern violin, Stanley Ritchie on Baroque violin, and Seamus Connolly on Irish traditional fiddle. These outstanding artists continue to guide her and inspire her every moment she spends with her violin.
She has performed most extensively with the Capital Trio, ATHELAS (Denmark), Boston-based Sarasa, the Abbott Trio, and the Coleridge Ensemble. Her recordings can be found on Albany Records, Meridien and AFKA Records. 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. Her first love and passion remains the study and performance of chamber music.
Duncan J. Cumming, now in his seventeenth year on the faculty of the University at Albany,has performed concertos, recitals, and chamber music concerts in North America, Africa, Asia,and Europe. He has recorded three albums for the Centaur label. The first is a solo recording(CRC 3125) including music of Brahms, Debussy, Satie, and Chopin and the second is a historical instrument recording with Christopher Hogwood (CRC 3231) of the music of Carl Maria von Weber on Weber’s own 1815 Brodmann fortepiano. His most recent CD for Centaur (CRC 3834) came out in June of 2021, called From Bangkok to Bangor, and it is a story and music for children with narrator Lucy Cumming and illustrations by Hilary Cumming. He also has three chamber music recordings with Albany Records including A Book of Hours (TROY1239), Threads of the Heart (TROY 1428) and Distance (TROY 1864). He is the pianist of the Capital Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the University at Albany, and the trio has performed,lectured, and taught master classes in residencies at Williams College in Massachusetts and Cambridge University in England among other places. He lives in New York with his wife, the violinist Hilary Walther Cumming, and his children Lucy, Mairi & William Bear Cumming.
Tickets are $25 available at the door.