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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL “GERSHWIN AND FRIENDS” Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at 7 p.m.

July 15, 2013
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            FAIRFAX, Va., July 15, 2013 – Jeffrey Siegel opens his 21st season of presenting his beloved Keyboard Conversations® series at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with an evening featuring the very best of American music. The acclaimed pianist brings “Gershwin and Friends” to Fairfax on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. 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 first performance of the 2013-2014 season, Siegel dazzles audiences with his mastery of the piano while providing clever and insightful commentary on Gershwin and other great American composers of the 20th century. The program includes the rarely heard solo piano version of Gershwin’s most popular work, “Rhapsody in Blue,” as well as Aaron Copland’s humorous “The Cat and the Mouse,” Leonard Bernstein’s intimate and lyrical “Anniversaires,” Scott Joplin’s “Wall Street Rag” and Edward MacDowell’s tender “To a Wild Rose.” Siegel concludes every concert with a question and answer session to satisfy his audience’s classical music curiosities.

            Jeffrey 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 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,” which are available at RandomHouse.com and Amazon.com, for download on iTunes and at booksellers across the country.

            Siegel returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts later this season with “The Glory of Beethoven” on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at 7 p.m.; “The Romantic Music of Chopin” on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.; and “Mistresses and Masterpieces” on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. He also presents “The Power and Passion of Beethoven” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu and HyltonCenter.org to learn more about these performances.

 

Program subject to change.

 

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C.

is the Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Series Sponsor

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

 

A FREE Young Artists Musicale is held at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts lobby. Talented piano students in grades 3-12 and winners of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals perform short pieces.

 

Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL are $38, $30 and $19. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. 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, Art and 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.

 

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