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February 15, 2011
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Sunday, March 13, 2010 at 7 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 15, 2011 “Insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and music,” says The Washington Post of Jeffrey Siegel’s unique “concerts with commentary” series, which are a joy for both the piano aficionado and novice alike. In this Keyboard Conversations® performance, Siegel takes the audience on a journey to Northern Europe to experience a smorgasbord of short, atmospheric mood pictures in sound by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, Danish composer Carl Nielsen and German composer Johannes Brahms.

The program includes Brahms’ Rhapsody No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 79; Selim Palmgren’s “May Night,” Op. 27, No. 4; Christian Sinding’s “Rustles of Spring,” Op. 32, No. 3; and several pieces by Sibelius, Nielsen and Grieg.

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 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) Siegel has recently appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Oprah Radio and was the subject of a 60-minute special, “Keyboard Conversations® ~ Piano Treasures,” that aired on PBS and was produced by Time Life.

Keyboard Conversations continues with “1911: A Century Celebration” on May 1. For more details, please visit









Johannes Brahms                        Rhapsody No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 79



Selim Palmgren                        May Night, Op 27, No. 4



Christian Sinding                        Rustles of Spring, Op. 32, No. 3



Jean Sibelius                             Snapdragon

(1865-1957)                            Capricietto


                                                Romance in D-flat           




Carl Nielsen                               Folk Tune, Op. 3, No. 1

(1865-1931)                             Humoreske, Op. 3, No. 2

                                                Poco moderato, Op. 45, No. 2


Edvard Grieg                              Evening in the Mountains, Op. 68, No. 4

(1843-1907)                             Cradle Song, Op. 68, No. 5

                                                Spring Dance, Op. 38, No. 5

                                                Norwegian Dance, Op. 71, No. 5


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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 $19, $30, $38. 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

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