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January 24, 2013
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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.


            FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 24, 2012 – Distinguished pianist Jeffrey Siegel continues his 20th anniversary season of performing his beloved Keyboard Conversations® series at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax with a performance featuring enlightening commentary on one of the most prolific composers the world has ever known. Siegel brings “Schubert in the Age of the Sound-Byte” to the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets for youth through grade 12 are 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.

            In his third concert in Fairfax this season, Siegel asks the question, “How do Franz Schubert’s irresistible lyric dramas in tones fit into our robotic society with today’s limited attention span?” This exciting evening of music will transport audiences with Schubert’s Impromptus, Waltzes and his final piano sonata, written in the final years of his life and not published until after his death.

            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 and, 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 conclude with “Listen to the Dance” on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7 p.m.


A FREE Young Artists Musicale is held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby. Talented piano students in 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.






Franz Schubert                        Three Waltzes


                                                Impromptu in E-flat Major, Opus 90, No. 2 (D. 899)


                                                Impromptu in F Minor, Opus 142, No. 4 (D. 935)




                                                Sonata in B-flat, Opus Posthumous (D. 960)

                                                            Molto moderato

                                                            Andante sostenuto

                                                            Scherzo:  Allegro vivace con delicatezza

                                                            Allegro, ma non troppo


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Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL – “SCHUBERT IN THE AGE OF THE SOUND-BYTE” are $19, $30 and $38. Family Friendly: tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. 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 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 Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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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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