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Jeffrey Siegel, Sun., 10/27/02

October 1, 2002
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2002-2003 "Keyboard Conversations® series continues with Jeffrey Siegel’s look at the music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Weber
in Passion, Poetry and Popularity!
Sunday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, September 28, 2002—Jeffrey Siegel begins his October 27 program, "Passion, Poetry and Popularity," at George Mason’s Center for the Arts with Weber’s ever-popular Invitation to the Dance. This charming piece paints the musical picture of a young man escorting his partner to the dance-floor. From there, Mr. Siegel moves on to Franz Schubert, who embraced the phenomenon of an educated, musically aware middle class. Schubert produced many works during this period, both songs and instrumental pieces – including inventive piano sonatas, like his hauntingly beautiful "Unfinished" Sonata, showcased in this program. The performance concludes with Beethoven’s beloved "Les Adieux" Sonata, depicting an event in the composer’s life. The three movements express the sorrow Beethoven feels for a friend’s departure and absence, as well as the anticipated joy upon his return.

Keyboard Conversations®
with Jeffrey Siegel
Sunday, October 27, 2002
7 o’clock in the evening
Passion, Poetry and Popularity

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65
Sonata in C Major, D. 840 ("Unfinished")


Sonata No. 26 in E-flat, Op. 31a ("Les Adieux")
Adagio: Allegro
Andante espressivo

Questions and Answers
Program subject to change

American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world’s great orchestras and such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as legendary maestros of the past including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.

In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations®, a unique concert plus commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in its entirety. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Denver. A number of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than twenty years.

More of the 2002-2003 Season of "Keyboard Conversations"…
* The Romanticism of the Russian Soul – Sunday, March 23, 7:00PM
Great Russian composers – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.
* Special Event! Music for the Young and Young at Heart – Sunday, January 26, 2:00PM
Music for children, parents, grandparents. Perfect for introducing young minds to music!

Tickets for Keyboard Conversations are $37.50 and 32.50. All Keyboard Conversations are Family Friendly: Children (12 and under) are half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit 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.

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