ABB School performs festival opener at the 10th Annual Youth Movements Festival

10TH ANNUAL YOUTH MOVEMENTS FESTIVAL

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the 10th annual Youth Movements Festival from April 15 – May 2, 2018.  All events will take place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.  

The brainchild of faculty member Duncan Cumming, the annual festival celebrates youth of all ages, both in terms of the music performed and the participants performing.  In the nine years the festival has taken place thus far, there have been over 30 events with more than 500 participants attended by more than 5,000 people.

The festival opens with Ballet on the Blue Danube on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3pm when students from the School of the Albany/Berkshire Ballet (ABB School) will join festival organizer Duncan Cumming and pianists Lucy Cumming, Melinda Cestaro and Xin Huang (J.) for a program of ballet with live music including works by Weber, Brahms and Strauss.  Choreography for the program was created by ABB School director/founder Madeline Cartarella Culpo along with ABB School faculty Deirdre Duffin Swindlehurst, Alicia Hornicek, Kerry Piaggione, Anna Acker and Lisa Iannacito McBride. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $4 for senior citizens, all students and UAlbany faculty & staff.

The festival continues on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:30pm with Capital Trio, Old and New, a concert program by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s ensemble in residence.  The Trio, violinist Hilary Walther Cumming, cellist Şölen Dikener and pianist Duncan Cumming, will perform works by Locatelli and Dvořák as well as the world premiere of David Walther’s “The Grandfather Clock.” Student guest Dara Ribis will join them on viola for Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E flat major, opus 16.  Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for senior citizens, all students and UAlbany faculty & staff.

A festival staple, the yearly Piano Extravaganza takes place on Sunday, April 22 at 3pm when youth of all ages from around the Capital Region will perform music celebrating the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy.  The program will feature 18 pianists and, having been expanded this year to include chamber music with strings, there will also be seven violinists and one violist.  The performers will include adults, young musicians from the studio of Mary Moran and UAlbany Music Program faculty and students.  Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for senior citizens, all students and UAlbany faculty & staff.

The final event of the festival is a concert by the Cumming/Cestaro Duo on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:30pm.  Pianists Duncan Cumming and Melinda Cestaro, a UAlbany graduate from the Department of Music and Theatre, will perform music for four hands by Schubert, Weber, Mozart, Poulenc and Dvořák. Current UAlbany Music Program student and pianist Xin Huang (J.) will join them for a portion of the program.  Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for senior citizens, all students and UAlbany faculty & staff.

Tickets for each event in the festival may be purchased through the UAlbany Performing Arts Center Box Office. For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

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