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March 16, 2009
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Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 7 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 16, 2009 – Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, returns with the final concert of this season’s trademark series Keyboard Conversations®, "Musical Picturesat George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 19 at 7 p.m. In this “concert with commentary” performance, Siegel presents shares inspiring sights in glorious sound. The program includes two of Rachmaninoff’s ultra-romantic “Etudes Tableaux,” one turbulent, the other darkly expressive; Debussy's impressionistic Voiles, and the luminous, shadowy colors of “Fireworks”; and Mussorgsky’s celebrated “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The Washington Post praised a recent performance by Siegel as “insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and in music.” 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.  







Rachmaninoff                                                Two Etudes Tableaux

                                                                                          Opus 39, No. 5 in E-flat Mino

                                                                                          Opus 33, No 7 in E-flat Major


Debussy                                                      Two Preludes





Mussorgsky                                                   Pictures at an Exhibition




                                                                                          The Old Castle


                                                                                          Children Quarreling at Play

                                                                                          The Oxcart

                                                                                          Ballet of the unhatched Chicks

                                                                                          Two Jews, One rich and the Other Poor

                                                                                          Limoges - The Market Place


                                                                                          Promenade - With the Dead in a Dead   Language

                                                                                          Hut on Fowl's Legs

                                                                                          The Great Gate of Kiev

Questions and Answers

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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.

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

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.