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BEETHOVEN-SUNNY SIDE UP! October 8th

September 1, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
JEFFREY SIEGEL’S KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS
BEETHOVEN – SUNNY SIDE UP!
Sunday, October 8, 2006, 7:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, September 4, 2006—For fourteen seasons George Mason University’s Center for the Arts has welcomed the distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel and his Keyboard Conversations®, a unique, concert-plus-commentary in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in its entirety. The 2006-2007 season of Keyboard Conversations begins with an enthusiastic interpretation of Beethoven on Sunday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. with Beethoven: Sunny Side Up! This concert features the maestro’s Rage over a lost penny, and Sonata No. 28 in A Major.

Siegel, who has been soloist with the world's great orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Orchestra of La Scala and many more, also performs solo engagements across the United States and collaborates with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time, like Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman.
As a conductor, Jeffrey Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, The Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in France, Scandinavia and South America. He is equally at home in the dual role of conductor/pianist, directing the orchestra from the keyboard. For thirteen years, Mr. Siegel served as Music Director and Conductor of the Mainly Mozart Festival in Arizona.

In June 2006, Random House Audio released an audiobook series of four Keyboard ConversationsCDs: Mozart and Friends, The Power and Passion of Beethoven, The Romanticism of the Russian Soul and The Romance of the Piano.

Jeffrey Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and Ilona Kabos in London. Mr. Siegel resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

"BEETHOVEN—SUNNY SIDE UP!"

Ludwig van Beethoven Rage over a lost Penny
(1770-1827)
Adagio cantabile from Sonata Pathétique, Op. 13

Two Bagatelles
No. 7 in A-flat, Op. 33
No. 6 in E-flat, Op. 126

Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78
Adagio cantabile: Allegro, ma non troppo
Allegro vivace

INTERMISSION

Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung
Lebhaft
Langsam und sehnsuchtvoll
Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit

Questions and Answers

Program is subject to change

Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS are $38, $30, $19. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! 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

The KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS series at
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts is sponsored by
JORDAN KITTS MUSIC

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