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

February 2, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

JEFFREY SIEGEL with

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®

“CHOPIN THE STORYTELLER”

Sunday, March 7, 2010 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., Feb. 2, 2010“Insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and music,” says The Washington Post about this extraordinary pianist. In the third of his trademark “concerts with commentary” series Keyboard Conversations®, Jeffrey Siegel continues his yearlong tribute to Chopin in celebration of the 200th anniversary of this renowned composer’s birth. In this performance, Siegel performs works by Chopin, as well as works by others who inspired him, all while providing unique insight into the relationships between these classical music visionaries. “Chopin the Storyteller” will be performed at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m., and features three of Chopin’s Ballades: the fiery G Minor, the rhapsodic A Flat and the quirky F Major, as well as three Novelettes by Robert Schumann, a great romantic composer and a contemporary of Chopin. 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. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

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, 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. 

Upcoming Keyboard Conversations include “Chopin and the Future.” For more details, please visit cfa.gmu.edu.

 

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® 

 

WITH 

 

JEFFREY SIEGEL

 

"CHOPIN, THE STORYTELLER"

 

 

Frédéric Chopin                        Ballade, No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

(1810-1849)

 

Robert Schumann                      Novelette in D, Op. 21, No. 4

(1810-1856)

 

Chopin                                      Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

 

 

INTERMISSION

 

 

Chopin                                      Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

 

                                                Ballade No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 47

 

 

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! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.

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.