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August 27, 2008
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Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 7 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., August 21, 2008George Mason University kicks off its 2008-2009 GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON season with internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, performing the first of this season’s trademark series Keyboard Conversations®. In this “concert with commentary,” Mr. Siegel performs a program titled "Haydn and Mozart – Humor and Heartache" at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. This Keyboard Conversations performance will examine the joyful and sorrowful works of these two renowned composers. The program includes Haydn’s hilarious C-Major Fantasy, exuberant D-Major Sonata and melancholy Andante and Variations; and Mozart’s volcanic C-Minor Sonata Finale, blissful Andante and the "Turkish March," featuring one of the best known melodies of all time. Jordan Kitt’s Music returns as the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

This year marks Mr. Siegel’s 16th at George Mason University and the 39th 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. Mr. Siegel is appreciative of the enthusiastic response he receives from the Northern Virginia community. “The George Mason audience is a particular favorite of mine,” Mr. Siegel said in an interview with 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.”

Mr. 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, Jeffrey 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 "Basking in Beethoven," "The Longevity of the Short Piece!" and "Musical Pictures." For more details, please visit






Franz Joseph Haydn                        Fantasy in C


                                                Andante and Variations in F minor


                                                Sonata in D major (Landon, No. 50)

                                                            Allegro con brio

                                                            Large e sostenuto

                                                            Finale:  Presto ma non troppo




W. A. Mozart                                    Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545

(1756-1791)                                                Rondo - Allegretto


                                                Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457

                                                            Allegro assai agitato


                                                Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330

                                                            Andante cantabile


                                                Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331

                                                            Turkish March


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The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-2009 Great Performances at Mason Season.

A FREE Young Artists Musicale is held at 6:00 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 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

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.