Lawrence County Concert Series continues Thursday

Published 12:43 am Wednesday, November 6, 2013

After a successful show last Saturday featuring the Atwater-Donnelly Trio, the 2013-2014 Ironton Council for the Arts Lawrence County Concert Series continues Thursday with a performance by The Capital Trio.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda on the campus of Ohio University Southern.

“Last week’s event was quite a success,” Dr. Pat McCoy, OUS performing arts series coordinator, said. “The Atwater-Donnelly Trio performed a great show and we expect The Capital Trio to do the same.”

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The Capital Trio is the ensemble-in-residence since 2008 at the University of Albany in New York and has been performing together since 1997. The trio has released two full-length albums and has toured all over the United States and Europe.

Members of the trio include Duncan J. Cumming, Hilary Walther Cumming and Solen Dikener.

Cumming plays piano and is a member of the faculty at the University of Albany. He earned a Doctor of the Musical Arts degree from Boston University in 2003. In 2010 he received the University of Albany’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. He has recorded collaborations with Magdelena Kozena, Christopher Hogwood and Frank Glazer. He also wrote a book about Glazer, which was published in 2009.

Hilary Walther Cumming is Duncan’s wife and the violinist in The Capital Trio. She is also a member of the faculty at the University of Albany and prior to her move to New York she was the concertmaster of the Cape Cod Sinfonietta and the Andover Chamber Orchestra. She plays many styles of music on violin and has performed with multiple ensembles and many times as a soloist. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern and a master’s from Indiana University.

Dikener has been the professor of cello at Marshall since 2002. He has recorded seven albums and all are available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music outlets. He is a vigorous advocate of the arts in the United States and his native Turkey. He began his cello studies at 8 years old and attended the State Conservatory of Music in Ankara, Turkey, in the class of “Highly Gifted Students.”

Following his college graduation at age 18, he worked with professor Tobias Kühne in Vienna, Austria, and became an assistant to legendary Paul and Maud Tortelier in Nice, France, where he also worked with Frieder Lenz and Michel Lethiec. He immigrated to the United States in 1992, and completed his cello studies at Louisiana State, earning a master’s, and Michigan State, where he earned his doctorate.

Admission to the show is free.