Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Series
Capital Trio

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Capital Trio in concert on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hillary Cumming, and cellist Şölen Dikener are the musicians of the Capital Trio, an Albany, NY based group dedicated to commissioning and interpreting new works, as well as performing standard trio repertoire. A review from the Kalamazoo Gazette described the trio as “convincing both as strong individual musical personalities and as a cohesive unit.” The trio’s CD on Albany Records, A Book of Hours: Music of William Matthews, won praise from Fanfare Magazine: “…The Capital Trio plays throughout with clarity, precision and manifest musicality…”

On this evening, the Capital Trio presents three gems from the 19th century chamber music repertoire. The concert opens with Sonata in C major, op. 102, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven featuring Duncan Cumming on piano with cellist Şölen Dikener. Hillary Cumming continues the program with Bedrich Smetena’s Z domoviny (From My Homeland), op. 128, a piece that evokes the spirit of Smetena’s native Czech lands and draws on the sights and sounds of his world.

The evening concludes with the Trio in E minor, op. 90 by Antonin Dvorak. Also known as the “Dumky” trio, the piece reflects Dvorak’s fascination with Slavic folk music. “Dumky” is the diminutive form of a Ukrainian word for a Slavic epic ballad, thoughtful or melancholic in character. Dvorak’s “Dumky” constantly shifts in mood from pensive to wild and exuberant. Dvorak wrote this trio just before coming to the United States with his mission to convince American composers to use the folk materials of their country in their music.

The program:
Sonata in C major, op. 102, No. 1                                Ludwig van Beethoven
Z Domoviny (From My Homeland)                               Bedrich Smetana
Piano Trio in E minor, op. 90 (“Dumky”)                       Antonin Dvořák