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Jeffrey Siegel: Immortal Classic Masters

August 26, 2002
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK
JEFFREY SIEGEL FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF
KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS
Explore Mozart, Haydn and Hummel in
"Immortal Classic Masters"
Sunday, September 22, 2002, 7:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, August 26, 20 02 -- American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world's great orchestras. In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations, a unique concert plus commentary format in which he speaks to the audien ce about the music before performing each work in its entirety.

Newcomers to classical concerts greet these programs with enormous enthusiasm because they present an informal, accessible, and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of t he piano and to classical music in general.

Now, ushering in his tenth season of Keyboard Conversations at the Center for the Arts with this first program of the season, Mr. Siegel performs Immortal Classic Masters featuring Haydn's hilarious Fantasy in C, the saucy Gypsy Rondo, and the brooding, darkly expressive C Minor Sonata. The program also showcases the operatically melodious F Major Sonata of Mozart; and the witty, humorous Rondo of Mozart's star pupil, Johann Humme l.

Mr. Siegel's fans are constantly enlightened by his erudition and delighted by his wit. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoen ix, Dallas and Denver. A number of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than twenty years -- resounding testimony to Mr. Siegel's artistry and his innovative format.

Immortal Classic Masters
Sunday, September 22, 2002
7 o?cl ock in the evening

Haydn
Fantasia in C
Gypsy Rondo
Sonata No. 20 in C minor
Moderato
Andante con moto
Allegro

Intermission

Mozart
Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro assai

Hummel
Rondo in E-flat major, Op. 11

Questions and Answers
Program subject to change without notice

As a conductor, Mr. Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in France, Scandinavia and South America. He is equally at h ome in the dual role of conductor/pianist, directing the orchestra from the keyboard. For the past thirteen years, Mr. Siegel has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Mainly Mozart Festival in Arizona.

In addi tion to solo piano works by Rachmaninoff, Hindemith and Dutilleux, Jeffrey Siegel has recorded Gershwin?s complete works for piano and orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony. Born into a musical family in Chicago, he studied there with Rudolf Ganz and later, with the legendary Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School, and Ilona Kabos in London.

The 2002-2003 Season of "Keyboard Conversations" continues with--
* Passion, Poetry and Popularity! -- Sunday, October 27, 7:00PM
Schubert's "Unfinished" Sonata in C, Beethoven's "Les Adieux" Sonata, and C.M. Weber's Invitation to the Dance.

* The Romanticism of the Russian Soul -- Sunday, March 23, 7:00PM
Great Russian composers -- Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

* Special Event! M usic for the Young and Young at Heart -- Sunday, January 26, 2:00PM
Music for children, parents, and grandparents. Perfect for introducing young minds to music!

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Tickets for Keyboard Conversations are $37.50 and 32.50 (all Keyboard Conversations are Family Friendly -- children, twelve and under, 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.