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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL - "CHOPIN THE PATRIOT"

October 20, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

JEFFREY SIEGEL with

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®

“CHOPIN THE PATRIOT”

Sunday, Nov. 15, 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

 – Frederic Chopin! 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 19, 2009 “The Leonard Bernstein of the piano – Siegel’s programs strengthen the bond between the music and the listener and are as welcome as they are rare.” (Chicago Tribune)  Center favorite Jeffrey Siegel, returns with the second concert of this season’s trademark series Keyboard Conversations®, “Chopin the Patriot” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. In this “concert with commentary” performance, Siegel presents music from one of the world’s most distinguished composers, providing illuminating, engaging and entertaining insights into each piece. Continuing his yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, Siegel explores of Chopin’s love for his native homeland of Poland. In the wake of the November Uprising, Chopin emerged as a national bard, writing music honoring his country and the heroism of its people. In this performance, Siegel performs a rousing program featuring Chopin’s heroic Polonaises, lyrical Mazurkas and dashing Waltzes. 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 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

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, 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 “Chopin the Storyteller” in March 2010 and “Chopin and the Future” in May 2010. 

PROGRAM

 

Frédéric Chopin              Polonaise in G minor (1817)                                                           

 (1810-1849)                       

                                    Polonaise in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

 

                                    Four Mazurkas

                                                Op 6, No. 3, in E

                                                Op. 17, No. 2, in E minor

                                                Op. 17, No. 4 in A minor

                                                Op. 24, No. 2 in C major

 

                                    Grand Polonaise in E Flat, Op. 22

 

INTERMISSION

 

                                    Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

 

                                    Waltz in F major, Op. 34, No. 3

 

                                    Mazurka in F minor, Op. Post.

 

                                    Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53

 

Questions and Answers 

 

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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 when accompanied by an adult! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.