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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-Armenta Adams Hummings, piano, and Amadi Hummings, viola, will perform together on Friday, March 12, at Olin Hall, Bard College. The concert, sponsored by the Bard Center, is open to the public without charge.

The Hummings will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's English Suite No. 4; Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata, Quasi una Fantasia, Op. 27 No. 2; J. S. Bach's Sonata in F major BWV 1005; and Niccolo Paganini's Sonata for the Grand Viola and Piano.

Writing in the Washington Post about pianist Armenta Hummings, Joseph McLellan said, "There were many moments of sheer magic. . . . [Hummings] is a significant talent. . . ." Hummings began her musical studies at the age of four and was awarded a full scholarship to The Juilliard School, where she studied with Sascha Gorodnitski. She is a faculty member of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Hummings has performed in a total of twenty-seven , including London, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, and Stockholm, countries as the recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller "Aid to Music" grant. Under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, which gave her an award for her contributions to international relations, she appeared in Africa, South America, India, and Pakistan. Hummings made her New York debut at Town Hall and has also performed at Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. She is a winner of the John Hay Whitney Competition, Leeds International Piano Competition, Musical America Musician of the Year Award, and National Association of Negro Musicians Competition. She has performed at the Spoleto and Beethoven Festivals, and with the Cleveland Orchestra and l'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. She was a guest artist in the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the International Piano Festival, and the University of Maryland.

Amadi Hummings, viola, is an assistant professor of music at Old Dominion University and conductor of the ODU Chamber Orchestra. He began his musical studies with his mother, Armenta, and continued at the North Carolina School of the Arts, New England Conservatory, Rice University, and Indiana University. He has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, at the International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the City Island Baroque Ensemble of New York, and at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. He has performed at the Marlboro, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Aspen and Norfolk festivals, among others.

Amadi Hummings received prizes from the New York Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. He won the Epstein Young Artists Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, with whom he still maintains a strong artistic and mentoring association. On Tuesday, March 9, Hummings will perform as a member of the Concertante Chamber Ensemble at Merkin Hall in New York City.

For further information about the concert, call 914-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001