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SIEGEL'S KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS RETURNS, OCTOBER 3

September 7, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
JEFFREY SIEGEL’S KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®
Splendor from Silence
October 3, 2004


Fairfax, Virginia, September 17, 2004— Including lively Czech Dances of Smetana, the vivacious Third Impromptu, meditative Thirteenth Nocturne of Fauré, and Sonata No. 31 of Beethoven, this first Keyboard Conversation of the 2004-2005 Season, Splendor from Silence, on October 3, at 7:00 p.m., features works of spiritual exultation and soul-probing depth, written when deafness had engulfed each of the featured composers. Keyboard Conversations, in which Jeffrey Siegel speaks briefly and informally to the audience before performing each work on the program in its entirety, also features a popular question and answer session following the concert at which time audiences can interact directly with the artist.

Siegel, an acclaimed pianist, described as having "Pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary," by The Washington Post, has been soloist with the world's great orchestras. Siegel just recently appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra at its Kennedy Center Season Opener and Gala celebration of maestro Leonard Slatkin’s 60th birthday on September 26. Siegel has appeared as conductor with many renowned orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and international ensembles as well. He has recorded solo works of Rachmaninoff, Hindemuth and Dutilleux as well as Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra.

Tickets for JEFFREY SIEGEL’S KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS are $35, $27, $17.50. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.