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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL “FROM HEART TO ART: THE ROMANTIC MUSIC OF FRANZ LISZT”

September 16, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®

WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

“FROM HEART TO ART: THE ROMANTIC MUSIC OF FRANZ LISZT”

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 12, 2011 – Described by The New York Times as “a performer who colors with virtuoso artistry,” pianist Jeffrey Siegel is known for enchanting his audiences with his immense talent, delicious wit and enlightening commentary on some of the most cherished music in the classical repertoire in his Keyboard Conversations® series. In his second “concert with commentary” of the season, Siegel celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt. Siegel brings “From Heart to Art: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 at 7 p.m. Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the 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.

“Every work on this program is inspired by love,” Siegel says. “Music extolling the beauties and fulfillment of love in ‘Liebesträume,’ Liszt’s love for his native country in the ‘Hungarian Rhapsodies’ and, most unusually, Liszt's love of the music of his contemporaries: Chopin, Verdi and Schumann. He not only championed their music, but transcribed it for the piano and performed it in his well-attended concerts so that the music of these composers could be better known.”

“Siegel’s programs strengthen the fragile bonds of communication between composer and listener and are as welcome as they are rare.” (Chicago Tribune) Siegel created Keyboard Conversations® 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 Philhamonic 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, and was 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 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.

 

 

PROGRAM

“From Heart to Art:  The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt”

 

Schumann-Liszt                           Spring Night

 

Liszt                                                          The Years of Pilgrimage - Italy

                                                                   Sposalizio (The Marriage of the Virgin)

                                                                    Il Pensieroso (The Thinker)

                                                                   Canzonetta del Salvatore Rosa

 

Verdi-Liszt                                              Rigoletto Paraphrase

 

INTERMISSION

 

Liszt                                                Liebesträume

 

Chopin-Liszt                                   The Maiden's Wish

 

Liszt                                                Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13

 

Questions and Answers

 

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Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the 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.

 

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