Faithful readers are aware that I have great appreciation for milestone anniversaries. And, it appears that 2016 marks the 20th season that violinist Hilary Cumming, ‘cellist Şölen Dikener, and pianist Duncan Cumming have been performing together as The Capital Trio. The trio has been chamber ensemble in residence at the University at Albany since 2008. In this annual Ensemble-in-Residence concert, The Capital Trio performs three duo combinations before coming together in the final piece as a trio.
The program is to include:
- F. Josef Haydn — Duet for Violin and ‘Cello in D major, Hob.VI:D1
- Franz Schubert — Arpeggione Sonata D.821 for ‘cello and piano
- William Black — The Golden Flower for violin and piano
- F. Josef Haydn — Trio No. 37 in D minor, Hob. XV:23 for violin, ‘cello and piano
While Haydn and Schubert are certainly no strangers to a classical program, William Black—or rather Bill Black as he prefers—is likely a new one. While there isn’t much out there about him, he’s based in Cape Cod and deeply rooted in traditional Irish music. And a clearly a huge advocate for the genre throughout Southeastern New England.
Black’s The Golden Flower is a hauntingly beautiful little piece that Duncan and Hilary Cumming recorded, at the request of master fiddler Séamus Connolly, for the Boston College Libraries’ Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, which was just released last month. [What began simply as 100 tunes for a book and CD is now a digital collection of over 330 audio tracks, each with its own transcription and story. It’s really quite amazing!]. Black’s piece was composed in 2011 as a memorial for Séamus Connolly’s late wife Sandy Walter. The Golden Flower takes its name from the translation of her full name, ‘Chrysandra.’ I would be remiss to not bring this back to Hilary and Duncan Cumming … they played at Séamus and Sandy’s wedding. A loving impression obviously took hold for Séamus to request them to record ‘The Golden Flower’ for his digital project. Take a listen below.
Better yet, if you’re not too tired out from all your shopping that began on Black Friday and continues through cyber Monday (I hope you’ve planned for #GivingTuesday!) give yourself a musical break on Wednesday. Go enjoy the The Capital Trio’s concert on Wednesday. Happy musicking!