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Siegel's KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS - Feb. 20

February 13, 2005
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PIANIST JEFFREY SIEGEL EXPLORES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROBERT SCHUMANN, CLARA SCHUMANN AND JOHANNES BRAHMS IN LATEST
KEYBOARD CONVERSATION®
"A MUSICAL LOVE TRIANGLE"
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2005, 7PM


Fairfax, Virginia, January 24, 2005—As Beethoven had his mysterious "immortal beloved," so did Schumann (and Brahms) have their Clara. A view into the relationship between three volatile, creative forces – Clara Schumann, her husband Robert and Johannes Brahms – is the subject of the February 20 Keyboard Conversation presented by pianist Jeffrey Siegel and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

What was behind the composition of Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21, created for Brahms on his 22nd birthday, later dedicated to Robert Schumann, and then re-dedicated to Brahms in the year before her husband's death in an asylum? Brahms was encouraged and sustained by Schumann. Brahms devoted his whole bachelor life to supporting Clara Schumann during the desperate time of her husband’s illness and beyond, seeking to preserve Schumann’s oeuvre at its most illustrious.

With a full concert performance, and commentary to shed light on the creative, and sometimes destructive, connections between three musical geniuses, Jeffrey Siegel dissolves the traditional wall between audience and artist in Keyboard Conversations.

PROGRAM
"A MUSICAL LOVE TRIANGLE:
ROBERT SCHUMANN-CLARA SCHUMANN-JOHANNES BRAHMS"


J. Brahms
Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, Op. 2

Allegro non troppo, ma energico

C. Schumann
Romance in G minor, Op. 11 No, 2

C. Schumann
Romance in G Minor, Opus 21 No. 3

R. Schumann
Aufschwung, Op. 12, No. 2
(Soaring)

J. Brahms
Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op. 118, No. 6

INTERMISSION

R. Schumann-Liszt Widmung (Devotion)

R. Schumann
Two Novelettes, Op.21

No. 1 in F major

No. 2 in D major

Questions and Answers
PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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NEW! Join young pianists from Northern Virginia on the Hall’s Grand Tier, prior to Keyboard Conversations at 6PM for a new community outreach program, the Young Artists Musicale. Under the auspices of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Musicales bring together students under several piano teachers in an effort to enrich the piano learning experience. Participants and their guests are encouraged to attend the Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation following the Musicale, and past student performers have had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Siegel and receive the comments of a world class performing artist.

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