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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS IN FAIRFAX - "SPELLBINDING BACH"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF
KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL
AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at 7 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., July 30, 2012 – Celebrating 20 years of bringing his beloved Keyboard Conversations® series to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel kicks off the 2012-2013 Great Performances at Mason season with a thrilling concert honoring the grand master of Baroque music, Johann Sebastian Bach. Siegel performs “Spellbinding Bach” at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at 7 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the Series Sponsor for Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.
Siegel captivates both piano aficionados and neophytes alike with his dazzling “concerts with commentary” series, in which he illuminates the lives and works of the world’s great composers. In his first concert of the season, Siegel spotlights this preeminent German composer, performing dramatic, poetic and virtuosic works, including the famous “Italian Concerto,” the awe-inspiring “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,” the scintillating Toccata in D major and the lively G major Partita.
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 has been 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.
Jeffrey Siegel’s 20th anniversary season of Keyboard Conversations® at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts will continue with “Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune and Beyond” on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at 7 p.m.; “Schubert in the Age of the Sound-Byte” on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.; and “Listen to the Dance” on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel also appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas with “The Greatness of Chopin” on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu and HyltonCenter.org to learn more about these performances.
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® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL – “SPELLBINDING BACH” are $19, $30 and $38 and are available starting on Aug. 1. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.
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
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