Keyboard Conversations® Series with Jeffrey Siegel (2011-12 Season)

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: A Beethoven Bonanza

  • September 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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A Beethoven Bonanza

“Pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary,” says The Washington Post about this renowned pianist who opens the 19th season of his popular Keyboard Conversations® series at the Center for the Arts by paying homage to arguably the most brilliant composer of all time. In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Mr. Siegel provides unique insight into Beethoven’s story of personal triumph over tragedy and performs some of the most renowned pieces from his rich body of work. This program shows Beethoven’s many moods of genius – the humorous Rage Over a Lost Penny; the charming and rarely heard Sonata in F, Op. 54; the tragic, fiery Sonata Pathéthique, Op. 13; and the transcendent Sonata, Op. 109, written after deafness had engulfed the composer. “Siegel is the perfect instrument to transmit the timeless power and enduring passion of Beethoven’s music.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: From Heart to Art: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt

  • October 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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From Heart to Art: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt

Described by The New York Times as “a performer who colors with virtuoso artistry,” extraordinary pianist Jeffrey Siegel is known for enchanting his audiences with his immense talent, delicious wit and lively and enlightening commentary on some of the most cherished music in the classical repertoire. In his second “concert with commentary” of the season, Mr. Siegel explores the romantic music of Franz Liszt, who is often credited with creating the Symphonic Poem. This program features the sizzling virtuosity and seductive lyricism of the 19th century’s rock star of the piano from the beloved Liebesträume to the exuberant Hungarian Rhapsodies. “Siegel’s programs strengthen the fragile bonds of communication between composer and listener and are as welcome as they are rare.” (Chicago Tribune)

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

  • January 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the Leonard Bernstein of the piano,” Jeffrey Siegel charms both piano aficionados and novices alike with his illuminating and witty commentary and astounding musical gifts. In his third concert of the season, Mr. Siegel whisks audiences on a journey across the globe, performing breathtaking works by two of the greatest Russian composers of all time: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Siegel presents a rapturous performance of soaring melodies and sumptuous sonorities of these ever-popular composers – the colorful Preludes, captivating Etudes, and the scintillating Humoresque.

“A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound…and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal.” (Denver Post)

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Power and Passion of Brahms

  • April 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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The Power and Passion of Brahms

“Siegel lit the stage…piano playing to delight the ears.” (San Diego Evening Tribune) Brilliant pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes his 19th season of Keyboard Conversations at the Center for the Arts with a tribute to one of the leading composers of the romantic era and considered by many to be a “successor” to Beethoven: Johannes Brahms. Mr. Siegel shares the virtuoso composer’s majestic tonal miracles in short story form – the narrative Ballades, Op. 10 and the smoldering Rhapsodies, Op. 79.

“Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate.” (Los Angeles Times)

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