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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL WITH “THE POWER AND PASSION OF BRAHMS," APRIL 29 at 7PM

April 10, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

“THE POWER AND PASSION OF BRAHMS”

Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., April 10, 2012– “Siegel lit the stage … piano playing to delight the ears,” says the San Diego Evening Tribune about the brilliant pianist Jeffrey Siegel, who concludes his 19th season of Keyboard Conversations® at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 7 p.m. Titled “The Power and Passion of Brahms,” in this “concert with commentary,” Siegel pays homage to one of the leading composers of the romantic era, who is considered by many to be the “successor” to Beethoven. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult.

In this performance, Siegel shares Brahms’ majestic tonal miracles in short story form – the narrative Ballades, Op. 10 and the smoldering Rhapsodies, Op. 79.

“Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power and the ability to communicate.” (Los Angeles Times) 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, 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.

 

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

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.