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September 17, 2010
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Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 at 7 p.m. 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 17, 2010 – Hailed as “the Leonard Bernstein of the piano” by the Chicago Tribune, this remarkable pianist is known for delighting audiences with his talent, wit and enlightening commentary on some of the most beloved music in the classical repertoire. In this Keyboard Conversations®, Jeffrey Siegel returns for his 17th season at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall with “Robert Schumann: Fantasies – Forbidden and Fulfilled” on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. In the second of four concerts this season, Siegel celebrates the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth with an exploration into some of the most romantic music ever composed. 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 for this performance includes Schumann’s romantic Fantasies, Op. 12, as well as his stupendous Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, or as Siegel refers to it, “variations on a theme of a false father-in-law.” Considered Schumann’s first large-scale mature work, Symphonic Etudes was written in 1834 and published in 1837 before being revised slightly and published again in 1852. A unifying element in the piece is the opening theme, which was written by Baron von Fricken, an amateur musician and the father of an illegitimate daughter, Ernestine von Fricken, to whom Schumann was engaged at the time.

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 of 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 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. He has developed a loyal following of fans and delights both audience and critics alike with his erudition, wit and virtuosic playing. Listeners to Oprah Radio’s “Dr. Oz Show” recently heard Siegel in an interview and performance dedicated to the joys of music, as the guest of Dr. Mehmet Oz and co-host Dr. Michael Roizen.

Keyboard Conversations continues with “Northern Stars” on March 13 and “1911: A Century Celebration!” on May 1.  For more details, please visit








Robert Schumann                                    Aufschwung (Soaring)

(1810-1856)                                                                        from Fantasy Piece, Op. 12, No. 2


                                                                        Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck

                                                                        (from Sonata No. 3, Op. 14)


                                                                        Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11

                                                                                          Un poco adagio – Allegro vivace – Aria


Schumann-                                                      Widmung  (Devotion)

Liszt (1811-1876)




Schumann                                                      Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13


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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

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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.

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