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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® - JEFFREY SIEGEL PRESENTS "AMERICA: FASCINATIN’ RHYTHMS!"

August 31, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK JEFFREY SIEGEL with
KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®
"AMERICA: FASCINATIN’ RHYTHMS!"
Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 31, 2007 – George Mason University kicks off its 2007-2008 Great Performances series with internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, performing the first of this season’s trademark “concert with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations®. This year, Siegel brings audiences on a musical journey around the globe, focusing each of his four concerts on a different country. Siegel performs "America: Fascinatin’ Rhythms!" at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. This Keyboard Conversations performance celebrates America through American music from Gottschalk’s patriotic tunes to Gershwin’s jazzy blues, and to the music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Scott Joplin.

This year marks Siegel’s 15th at George Mason University and the 38th anniversary of "Keyboard Conversations." Created so that audiences can gain a richer understanding and appreciation for piano and classical music, Keyboard Conversations presents an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Siegel is appreciative of the enthusiastic response he receives from the Mason community. “The George Mason audience is a particular favorite of mine,” Siegel said in the September 2007 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. “I am treated like royalty there. They laugh at my jokes. I see familiar faces in the audience. There is a warm feeling, an intimacy.”

Siegel has developed a following among seasoned music-lovers, and ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Dallas and Denver, with several of these venues presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than 25 years. As a conductor, Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among many others.

Upcoming "Keyboard Conversations" include "Festive French Fare," "Russia – Rebels on the Red Carpet!" and "Austria & Hungary – Captivating Continentals." For more details, please visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

 

PROGRAM

"AMERICA: FASCINATIN' RHYTHMS"

Gottschalk The Union

Bernstein Five Anniversaries
Aaron Copland
Stephen Sondheim
Elizabeth B. Ehrman
Felicia Bernstein
Ellen Goetz (In Memoriam)

Antheil Toccata, No. 2

Joplin The Wall Street Rag

Gershwin Novelette in Fourths

Sleepless Night

Fascinatin' Rhythm

I Got Rhythm


INTERMISSION

Barber Excursion, No. 1

Copland El Salón México
(arranged for the piano by Leonard Bernstein)

Questions and Answers

Program subject to change without notice

 

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

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

A FREE Young Artists Musicale is held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby. Talented piano students, grades 3-12, and winners of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals, perform short pieces.

Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® are $38, $30, $19 Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.