Most music fans of a certain age and disposition likely know Ginastera's Piano Concerto No. 1 from 1961, or at least its finale: the diabolical Toccata concertata later transformed into "Toccata" on Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery LP. And at least some classical music fans already know his Concerto No. 2 from 1971, though only in the drastically revised form the premiere was presented in, of all places, Indianapolis. This concert will feature the premiere of Ginastera's original version prepared from the score given to Nissman by the composer.
Almost nobody knows Ginastera's Concierto Argentino, his Concerto No. 0 from 1935, for the simple reason that he wrote it when he was nineteen, heard it performed, and then withdrew it before publication. Nissman found the manuscript years later in Philadelphia, where it was part of a trove of South American music collected by the WPA, and while the composer thought of revising it for her, he never did. Ginastera's late widow granted Nissman the right to make its first recording and the exclusive right to perform the work in its original form.
This being a U-M concert, naturally there will be ancillary events: a Nissman master class, a brown-bag lecture, and an all-Ginastera concert by the Percussion Ensemble and the University Philharmonia Orchestra on Friday, December 9. The master class may be intense, the lecture may be informative, but the percussion concert ought to be a blast.
[Originally published in December, 2011.]