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JEFFREY SIEGEL'S Keyboard Conversations Opener

August 26, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES THE
2003-2004 Season KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS with Jeffrey Siegel:
BACH AND BEYOND
OPENING CONCERT WITH COMMENTARY –
"THE TIMELESS TREASURES OF BACH AND BRAHMS"
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 7PM


Fairfax, Virginia, September 2, 2003—After Siegel’s recent appearance with Leonard Slatkin and the NSO in an all-Gershwin program at Wolf Trap, The Washington Post raved, "Piano, winds and percussion took most of the spotlight in the National Symphony Orchestra's all-Gershwin program…" and "piano soloist Jeffrey Siegel showed an impressive mastery of 1920s-vintage jazz harmonies and rhythms…"

In his newest series of Keyboard Conversations, Bach and Beyond, Mr. Siegel explores Bach’s unmistakable influence on the composers who followed. Each one of these "Concerts with Commentary" includes a performance prefaced by Mr. Siegel’s insightful and engaging repartee, and a lively question-and-answer session.

2003-2004 Season of Keyboard Conversations
THE TIMELESS TREASURES OF BACH AND BRAHMS
Sunday, September 28, 2003, 7PM

Explore the lives and music of two of the most beloved composers of all time in a program featuring Bach’s Toccata in Dand Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.

BACH AND THE ROMANTICS: CHOPIN, MENDELSSOHN, and FRANCK,
Sunday, February 8, 2004, 7PM

Works by Chopin and Mendelssohn inspired by Bach, including Bach’s 19th century showstopper Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue by César Franck.

BACH AND THE VIRTUOSOS: LISZT, RACHMANINOFF, AND BUSONI
Sunday, May 16, 2004, 7PM

High voltage, pianistic dazzle is the order of the day as Siegel leads off with one of Bach’s most treasured keyboard pieces, the ebullient Italian Concerto. The concert also includes works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Busoni, based on Bach compositions.

Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS, are $35, $27, $17.50. All Keyboard Conversations are Family Friendly! All children (under 12) are half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. 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.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.