Ken Kiesler, music, and Barbara NissmanOn December 10, pianist Barbara Nissman will perform three piano concertos by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) with the University Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Kenneth Kiesler. The concert will mark the official reintroduction of Ginastera’s Concierto Argentino (which has not been played since its 1935 premiere), the first performance of the Second Piano Concerto (1972) in its original form, and the First Piano Concerto (1962). During the days subsequent to the concert, Nissman, Kiesler, and the Grammy Award-winning University Symphony Orchestra will record these three pieces for release on the Pierian record label and worldwide distribution by Naxos. For this Brown Bag event, Kiesler and Nissman will discuss Alberto Ginastera, his life and work, and their insights from the study and performance of his music.
Kenneth Kiesler is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world’s most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has won numerous awards and is the 2011 recipient of the American Prize in Conducting. He has been director of orchestras and professor of conducting at U-M since 1995. He is also the director of the conducting program of the National Arts Centre of Canada, director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and music advisor and conductor laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. His latest recording with the University Symphony Orchestra, Evan Chambers’ orchestral song cycle The Old Burying Ground, was released on the Dorian Sono Luminus label in 2010.
Barbara Nissman is a performer, writer, lecturer, and frequent guest artist/teacher. She has toured and given master classes throughout the world. Nissman received her BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Michigan. Well known for her recordings of the complete solo works and piano chamber works of Ginastera, Nissman is also the dedicatee of the composer’s final composition, the Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 54 (1982), which was commissioned by the University of Michigan.