Pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns to Perform Romantic Music at NDNU

Belmont, Calif., January 27, 2011 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts presents pianist and faculty member Louise Costigan-Kerns in recital on February 6 at 3 p.m. in the historic Ralston Hall Mansion. This recital is part of the department’s Ralston Performance Series.

Ms. Costigan-Kerns will perform romantic piano music with a hint of Argentina. The program will include works by Debussy, Chopin, Liszt, and Ginastera.

Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist and conductor.  After earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she taught on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and was the Founding Director of the New England Conservatory Extension Division Opera Studio. Ms. Costigan-Kerns maintained an active performing career in the Boston area as a solo pianist and accompanist.  She was a member of the Opera Department faculty at Boston University, piano faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy and Artist in Residence at Brandeis University. In the Bay Area she has worked for Opera San Jose, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony.  Ms. Costigan-Kerns is active as a recital pianist, opera coach and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists.  She has released two CDs, “My Favorite Performances” and “Piano With Passion.”

Admission is $20 general, $10 students/seniors. For tickets or more information, contact (650) 508-3729 or concerts@ndnu.edu. The Ralston Hall Mansion is on NDNU’s campus, located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.