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August 13, 2009
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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 at 7 p.m.


This season, Jeffrey Siegel explores in both performance and words

 the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers of all time

 – Frédéric Chopin! 

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 13, 2009 For the past 40 years, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has delighted piano aficionados and newcomers alike with his unique combination of extraordinary virtuosity and his fascinating behind-the-scene stories. This season, Siegel returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with his popular series Keyboard Conversations® to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin, exploring the life and work of one of the most celebrated composers of all time. In the first of four “concerts with commentary,” Siegel delves into the romantic side of Chopin, performing works inspired by the women in this prolific composer’s life. “Chopin for Lovers!” will be performed at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The program includes the vivacious E Flat Waltz, the touching “Farewell Waltz,” the dreamy Larghetto Op. 21, some demonic Preludes from Op. 28 and the famous “Fantasy Impromptu.” Steinway Galleries is the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12.

This year marks Siegel’s 17th at George Mason University and the 40th 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, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Dallas and Denver, with several of these venues presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than 30 years, resounding testimony to Siegel’s superb artistry, innovative format and loyal following. 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.  He has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.           

Upcoming Keyboard Conversations include “Chopin the Patriot” in November 2009, “Chopin the Storyteller” in March 2010 and “Chopin and the Future” in May 2010.











Frédéric Chopin                         Waltz in E-flat, Op. 18



                                                Larghetto from Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


                                                Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66


                                                Four Preludes from Op. 28

                                                            No. 2 in A minor

                                                            No. 8 in F-sharp minor

                                                            No. 15 in D-flat major (Raindrop)

                                                            No. 24 in D minor






                                                Prelude in A, Op. 28, No. 7                        

                                                Waltz in D-flat, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute Waltz)


                                                Waltz in A-flat major, Op. Post.


                                                Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39


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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.

Steinway Galleries is the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations®

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® are $38, $30, $19. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, 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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