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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL - "A BEETHOVEN BONANZA" ON SEPT. 18 AT 7PM

August 3, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

“A BEETHOVEN BONANZA”

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. 

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 3, 2011 – “Pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary,” says The Washington Post about this renowned pianist who opens the 19th season of his popular Keyboard Conversations® series at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts by paying homage to arguably the most brilliant composer of all time. Jeffrey Siegel presents “A Beethoven Bonanza” on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the 2011-12 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.

In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Siegel provides unique insight into Beethoven’s story of personal triumph over tragedy and performs some of the most renowned pieces in his rich body of work. This program shows Beethoven’s many moods of genius and includes the humorous “Rage Over a Lost Penny”; the charming and rarely heard Sonata in F, Op. 54; the tragic, fiery Sonata Pathéthique, Op. 13; and the transcendent Sonata, Op. 109, written after deafness had engulfed the composer.

 “A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound … and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal.” (Denver Post) Siegel created Keyboard Conversations® more than 40 years ago to help audiences gain a richer understanding and appreciation for piano and classical music. He has developed a following among both classical music enthusiasts and newcomers, and his ongoing series flourish in numerous cities across the United States, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Denver and Washington, D.C. He has also been invited to appear as a soloist with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Orchestra of La Scala, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. Siegel was recently interviewed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen on the “Dr. Oz Show” on Oprah Radio. He was also recently the subject of “Keyboard Conversations® ~ Piano Treasures,” a one-hour television special produced by Time Life for PBS. Random House Audio Publishing Group has also released an audiobook series of four Keyboard Conversations® CDs: “Mozart and Friends,” “The Power and Passion of Beethoven,” “The Romanticism of the Russian Soul” and “The Romance of the Piano” that are available at randomhouse.com and amazon.com, for download on iTunes and at booksellers across the country.

Keyboard Conversations® continues this season at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with “From Heart to Art: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt” on Oct. 23, “Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky” on Jan. 29 and “The Power and Passion of Brahms” on April 29. Jeffrey Siegel also makes his first appearance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas this season, bringing a program titled “Gershwin and Friends” on March 31. 

 

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the 2011-12 Series Sponsor for Keyboard Conversations® at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

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.

 

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

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. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.