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July 22, 2010
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Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 at 7 p.m. 


FAIRFAX, Va., July 19, 2010 – For more than 40 years, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has toured the country, delighting piano enthusiasts and newcomers alike with Keyboard Conversations®, featuring a unique combination of extraordinary virtuosity and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. Siegel returns for the 18th season of his popular “concerts with commentary” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. In this first of four concerts, titled “The Three Great ‘Bs’ – Bach, Beethoven, and Barber,” Siegel investigates the lives and works of three of the most prolific composers of all time. Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the Series Sponsor for Keyboard Conversations® at the Center for the Arts. This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult.

The program includes Bach’s towering “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,” Beethoven’s volcanic and noble “Appassionata” Sonata, Op. 57 in F Minor and in celebration of his 100th birthday, several works by the great American composer Samuel Barber.

Created so that audiences can gain a richer understanding and appreciation for piano and classical music, Keyboard Conversations presents an informal, accessible and entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire for the piano and to classical music in general. Siegel appreciates 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 annually presents his series in numerous cities across the United States, 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. He has developed a loyal following of fans and delights both audience and critics alike with his erudition, wit and virtuosic playing. “Siegel is as gifted a talker as he is a pianist … he deftly gets to the heart of each piece, big or small, explaining what’s unique about it in words that are as revelatory as they are simple. Then he plays the entire work, with effortless virtuosity, and we listen with sharpened ears and deeper understanding.” (St. Petersburg Times)

Keyboard Conversations continues with “The Fantastic Fantasy World of Robert Schumann” on Nov. 7, “Northern Lights” on March 13 and “Paris 1911 – A Festive Musical Year!” on May 1.  For more details, please visit

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.