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January 7, 2009
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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at 7 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 10, 2008 – Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, returns with the third concert of this season’s trademark series Keyboard Conversations®, "The Longevity of the Short Piece!" at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. In this “concert with commentary” performance, Siegel presents “byte-size” musical jewels and gems – masterpieces in minature! Jordan Kitt’s Music returns as the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations® at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

The program includes Mendelssohn’s beloved "Songs Without Words"; Grieg’s descriptive "Lyric Pieces," including the festive "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen"; Stravinsky’s "Circus Polka" (written for a group of elephants!); Brahms’ rousing Rhapsody in E-Flat; Sibelius’ elegiac "Evergreen"; and the Latin melodies and rhythms of Granados’ "Spanish Dance" and Ginastera's Sonata. The Chicago Tribune writes, “The Leonard Bernstein of the piano – Siegel’s programs strengthen the bonds between the music and the listener and are as welcome as they are rare.

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 "Musical Pictures." For more details, please visit








Felix Mendelssohn                                    Three Songs without Words

(1809-1847)                                           Venetian Boat Song, Op. 30, No. 6

                                                               Duet, Op. 38, No. 6

                                                               Hunting Song, Op. 19, No. 3

 Edvard Grieg                                           Three Lyric Pieces

(1843-1907)                                            Little Bird, Op. 43, No. 4

                                                               Shepherd Boy, Op. 54, No. 1               

                                                               Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65, No. 6

Johannes Brahms                                     Rhapsody in E-flat major, Op. 119, No. 4



Igor Stravinsky                                       Circus Polka


Jean Sibelius                                           Evergreen, Op. 75, No. 5


Enrique Granados                                   Spanish Dance, No. 5


Alberto Ginastera                                    Sonata No. 1, Op. 22

(1916-1983)                                          Finale:  Ruvido ed ostinato

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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.

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.

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

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