LEWISBURG (WVDN) – Carnegie Hall introduces “Carnegie Classics,” a three-concert series beginning in 2023. Hosted by Steinway Living Legend and Lewisburg resident, Barbara Nissman, the Carnegie Classics Series will present three concerts on Feb. 11, March 18 and May 13, 2023. The concerts will feature Nissman sharing her musical favorites while joined by West Virginia guest artists.
A Valentine Concert – More Music to Love! with Nissman at the piano kicks off the series on Saturday, Feb. 11. Nissman invites the audience to meet some of her favorite composer “friends” as she shares their music and stories and transports the listener into their special and magical world.
Nissman invites the Montclaire String Quartet to join her for the second program, Gershwin Meets Brahms! on Saturday, March 18. The quartet will perform George Gershwin’s “Lullaby,” and Nissman will introduce some of her favorite Brahms pieces before joining the quartet for the exciting Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Quintet in F minor.” The Montclaire String Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence at West Virginia State University.
The last Classics Series performance of the 2023 spring season, Schubert Goes Fishing!, on May 13 features Nissman and her musician friends performing Franz Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.” Nissman will introduce the audience to the young Schubert, a true poet of the piano, and perform his virtuosic “Wanderer Fantasy” before joining her friends for a performance of Schubert’s most popular composition and everybody’s favorite – the “Trout!”
The Greenbrier Valley is fortunate to be home to such a renowned pianist as Nissman, who is not only committed to continued excellence in her art, but to introducing classical music to new audiences. Her witty intellect and charisma, combined with her genuine passion for the composers she performs, gives her an irresistible edge in introducing the novice to the classics and instilling within them a love for classical music. Nissman is the perfect vessel to develop new audiences, and Carnegie Hall is the perfect venue to incubate this endeavor.
“I am so looking forward to returning to the stage of our Carnegie Hall and bringing along some of my West Virginia musician friends to share the magic of music with all of you,” states Nissman. “This is a series for everyone — all that’s required is an open heart to enjoy and to feel the passion.”
Tickets are available individually or you can purchase all three concerts for one price. Thanks to the Benedum Foundation, adults over 50 years of age have the option of purchasing two tickets to an individual performance for the price of one. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carnegie Hall.
The Carnegie Classics Series is made possible with support from the James F.B. Peyton Fund. Carnegie Hall West Virginia is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala.
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