Cumming led à la Stokowski: batonless, his hands carving and shaping the sounds freely and fluidly. He let the music speak for itself, and it did so eloquently. ---"
Cumming led his forces in a performance of [Beethoven's] Ninth that will be remembered for a long time . . . in the end, it just may have been the greatest concert in the 33-year history of the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts.