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JEFFREY SIEGEL'S KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® - "BASKING IN BEETHOVEN"

October 7, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

JEFFREY SIEGEL with

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®

BASKING IN BEETHOVEN

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 at 7 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 6, 2008Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, returns with the second concert of this season’s trademark series Keyboard Conversations®, "Basking in Beethoven" at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. In this “concert with commentary” performance, Siegel presents music from one of the world’s greatest composers, providing illuminating, engaging and entertaining insights into each piece. Jordan Kitt’s Music returns as the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

This performance of Beethoven’s gems is truly a musical feast, and includes the tuneful simplicity of the Minuet in G (a work known to every piano student - and parent of a piano student!); the stormy Prestissimo, Opus 2, No. 1; the haunting, brooding Largo mesto, Opus 10, No. 3; his humorous and inventive Variations on "God Save the King"; and the "Farewell Sonata," Opus 81a, in E Flat, during which Siegel will enlighten the audience on who was leaving and why was Beethoven so deeply affected.

This year marks 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. Siegel is appreciative of the enthusiastic response he receives from the Northern Virginia community. “The George Mason audience is a particular favorite of mine,”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.”

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 "The Longevity of the Short Piece!" and "Musical Pictures." For more details, please visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®

WITH

     JEFFREY SIEGEL

"BASKING IN BEETHOVEN" 

Ludwig van Beethoven            Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 2

(1770-1827)                                                Minuet in G

                                                Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1

                                                            Prestissimo

                                                Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3

                                                            Largo e mesto

                                                Variations on "God Save the King"

 

INTERMISSION

 

                                                Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a ("Les Adieux")

                                                            Adagio - Allegro

                                                            Andante espressivo

                                                            Vivacissimamente

 

Questions and Answers

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The KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® series at

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts is sponsored by

JORDAN KITT’S MUSIC.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 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 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.