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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL - "1911: A CENTURY CELEBRATION"

March 22, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

JEFFREY SIEGEL with

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®

“1911: A CENTURY CELEBRATION”

Sunday, May 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., March 22, 2011 Jeffrey Siegel concludes his 18th season of Keyboard Conversations® at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with a delightful look at the music that flourished in 1911 – arguably one of the greatest and most productive years in classical music history. In this “concert with commentary,” Siegel shares some of the most engaging and enduring compositions written and performed 100 years ago. The program includes Ravel’s touching “Valses Nobles et Sentimentale,” the Preludes of Debussy and Fauré and “Petrouchka,” Stravinsky’s beautiful Russian ballet about a puppet that comes to life. “1911: A Century Celebration” is on Sunday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and marks the conclusion of the 20th season of Great Performances at Mason at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. 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.

            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 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. 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 works that are as revelatory as they are simple. Then he plays the work entire, with effortless virtuosity, and we listen with sharpened ears and deeper understanding.” (St. Petersburg Times)

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Claude Debussy                        Golliwog’s Cake Walk

(1862-1918)                       

                                                Two Preludes

                                                            Brouillards (Mists)

                                                            Les collines d’Anacapri (The Hills of Anacapri)

 

Gabriel Fauré                              Two Preludes, Op. 103

(1845-1924)                                        No. 3 in G Minor

                                                            No. 2 in C-sharp

 

Maurice Ravel                            Valses nobles et sentimentales

(1875-1937)

 

INTERMISSION

 

Igor Stravinsky                         Three Movements from “Petrushka”

(1882-1971)                                                Russian Dance

                                                Chez Petrushka (Petrushka’s House)

                                                The Fair

 

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 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 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.