Cumming and friends to perform at Bates

Pianist Duncan Cumming ’93 will join tenor John Corrie, violinist Hilary Walther and Robin Cavalear on the French horn in the fourth annual Florence Pennell Gremley Concert at Bates College at 3 p.m., Oct. 26, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. The artists will play works by Schubert, Brahms and Kevin Bleau. A reception in the lobby will immediately follow the concert, and the public is invited to attend free of charge.

Cumming graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors from Bates where he studied with Frank Glazer, with whom he now collaborates frequently.

In 1994, Cumming spent a term in Prague playing chamber music on a scholarship from the European Mozart Foundation. Upon returning, he joined the teaching and performing faculty at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. Cumming completed the master’s program at New England Conservatory, where he earned a degree with Patricia Zander. He has played at recitals across New England as well as in Sussex, England, where he will return this year to play works of Schubert in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

With degrees from Oberlin and Yale, Corrie is a harpsichordist who received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna. A member of the baroque musical ensemble Lygonia Consort, Corrie has played with the Portland Symphony and is on the music faculty of Bates College where he conducts the Bates College Choir. He is also organist and choir director at St. Mary’s in Falmouth.

Walther is a member of the faculty at Phillips Academy, where she teaches music and performs regularly in the Essex Ensemble. After receiving her master of arts degree in violin performance from the University of Indiana, where she studied with Franco Gulli and Stanley Ritchie, she was awarded a Fulbright grant. She spent 1993-94 in Copenhagen studying violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Peder Elbaek and Marta Libalova, traveling monthly to Paris for lessons with Sylvie Gazeau.

Currently a member of the Abbott Trio, Walter is a winner of the Concord Orchestra’s Concerto and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concerto competitions. Recently, she has been appointed to the faculty at the New England Conservatory Extension Division.

Cavalear is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a member of the music departments at Phillips Academy and Wheaton College. A performer with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony and Nashua Symphony, she is also a member of the Hartford Symphony.

The program is made possible by the Florence Pennell Gremley Endowment Fund, given by Florence Pennell Gremley ’25, in memory of her parents, Walter J. Pennell, M.D. and Lelia Goff Pennell, members of the Bates classes of 1890 and 1893 respectively.

For additional information, call the Olin Arts Center at 786-6135.

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