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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS: "PASSION AND PATHOS"

August 18, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO MOZART BY
JEFFREY SIEGEL IN MOZART AND BEETHOVEN: PASSION AND PATHOS
SEPTEMBER 25


Fairfax, Virginia, August 15, 2005— Keyboard Conversations® is a unique, concert-plus commentary format in which renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel speaks to the audience about each piece before performing it and an entire program of related works in their entirety. These programs have enormous appeal due to their informal, accessible and highly entertaining format. 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. Some of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations® for more than twenty years – resounding testimony to Mr. Siegel’s superb artistry, innovative format, and loyal following.
For the opening of the 2005-2006 season of Keyboard Conversations at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia, Mr. Siegel performs a combination of works by Mozart and Beethoven to inaugurate a season celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. The performance is Sunday, September 25 at 7PM. Passion and Pathos features Mozart’s dramatic A Minor Sonata and Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique.

PROGRAM

Mozart
Sonata in C minor, K. 457
Allegro

Beethoven Sonata Pathétique in C minor, Op. 13
Grave: Allegro di molto e con brio
Adagio cantabile
Rondo: Allegro


INTERMISSION

Mozart
Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Allegro maestoso
Andante cantabile con espressione
Presto


Program subject to change.

JOIN US IN THE LOBBY AT 6PM, PRIOR TO KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS FOR THE YOUNG ARTISTS MUSICALE SERIES, FEATURING SOME OF THE AREA’S FINEST STUDENT MUSICIANS!

Tickets for MOZART AND BEETHOVEN: PASSION AND PATHOS are $35, $27, $17.50. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price. Charge by phone at 1-888-945-2468 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.