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April 14, 2010
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Sunday, May 9, 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., April 13, 2010In his fourth and final presentation of Keyboard Conversations® of the 2009-10 season, Jeffrey Siegel concludes his yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth by examining the composer’s great legacy. In this “concert with commentary,” Siegel performs several of Chopin’s notable works, as well as works by those who were inspired by him. The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future as well as Chopinesque compositions of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Szymanowski and others. “Chopin and the Future” will be performed at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m., and is the final performance of the Great Performances at Mason series for the 2009-10 season. Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the Series 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.

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. 

Keyboard Conversations for the 2010-11 season include “The Three Great ‘Bs’ – Bach, Beethoven, and Barber,” “The Fantastic Fantasy World of Robert Schumann,” “Northern Lights” and “Paris 1911 – A Festival Musical Year!”  For more details, please visit









Frédéric Chopin                          Prelude in A minor, Op 28, No. 2                                               



Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky            Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15



Claude Debussy                                    Etude for the five Fingers



Alexander Scriabin                        Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1


                                                Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12


Gabriel Fauré

(1845-1924)                                    Nocturne No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 33, No 3


Witold Lutoslawski                        Etude No. 1






Lowell Liebermann                        Nocturne No. 4, Op. 38

(b. 1961- )


Karol Szymanowski                        Two Mazurkas, Op. 50


Chopin                                                Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op 45


                                                Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12 (Revolutionary)


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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 Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the Series 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 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

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.