Carnegie Hall’s Classics Series is a three-concert series hosted by Steinway “Legend” and 2023 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Nissman, designed to introduce classical music and Carnegie Hall to new audiences, as well as inspire and entertain current classical music enthusiasts. The Classics Series continues with its second concert Beethoven, The Great! on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium.
Nissman will be joined by five of her musician friends for a premiere performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, arranged for string quintet and piano. She performed this work with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra this past October, and she will present the first performance of this arrangement of Beethoven’s piano concerto to her Carnegie Hall audience.
Blending great music with informal chat, Barbara shares her love and joy of Beethoven’s great music. She has been living with this composer her entire life and welcomes the chance to introduce the man and his music.
“Beethoven’s greatness is undisputed. That’s why I called this program, “Beethoven, the Great,” Nissman states.“He was the ‘master’ who inspired every composer who followed him. This is the composer I always turn to for inspiration and is the guy who keeps me sane and focused!”
She adds, “What a challenge and inspiration he presents for all performers! I can’t wait to share this great music with all of you.”
Barbara Nissman is an internationally renowned concert pianist and since 1989 has been a West Virginian “by choice,” residing on a farm in Greenbrier County. Hailed as “one of the last pianists in the grand Romantic tradition of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Rubinstein,” Nissman has performed as soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras and has worked with some of the major conductors of our time. Inducted into the inaugural class of Steinway Legends chosen from more than a century of Steinway Artists, Nissman is regarded as one of the world’s great concert pianists. With a mission to bring her passion and joy to audiences around the world, Nissman continues to inspire and uplift people through her music.
In 2014 she formed her own record label, Three Oranges Recordings (threeorangesrecordings.com) that now includes a discography of over 30 recordings with many more projected for the future. In 2017 the Three Oranges Foundation was established to further its mission of making classical music accessible to a wider audience and to promote Barbara’s various educational projects including a series of educational video master classes.
For more information on Barbara Nissman please visit www.barbaranissman.com.
Tickets are $25/adults and $5/students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, call 304-645-7917, or stop by 611 Church Street, Lewisburg.
The Carnegie Classics Series is made possible with support from the James F.B. Peyton Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and the WV Division of Culture and History, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Additional funding is also provided by Eugene and Annie Jeffus.