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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL “MISTRESSES AND MASTERPIECES” Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.

April 8, 2014
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

“MISTRESSES AND MASTERPIECES”

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.

 

            FAIRFAX, Va., April 8, 2014 – Classical music lovers already know Brahms, Schumann and Liszt as some of the finest composers the world has ever known, and their works as some of the greatest masterpieces in classical music. For his final concert of the 2013-2014 Keyboard Conversations® season, Jeffrey Siegel introduces our audience to the women behind the work – the muses who inspired these brilliant men and their music. Siegel presents “Mistresses and Masterpieces” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, April 27, 2014 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 this stellar performance, this virtuoso pianist performs classical music and gives the audience unique insight into the works that he plays, and in this particular concert, the composers’ love lives. The program features Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, Schumann’s Novelette in F major, Liszt’s “Au bord d’une source” and “Liebesträume,” Debussy’s “L’isle de joyeuse” and much more.

            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 in the 2014-2015 season with “Classics Go Pop!” on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at 7 p.m., “Three Great B’s – Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók!” on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at 7 p.m., “Torment and Triumph – Franz Liszt, Satan or Saint?” on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. and “Rachmaninoff and Friends” on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. Siegel also brings “Popular Piano Classics” to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 4 p.m. Visit cfa.gmu.edu and hyltoncenter.org for more information about these performances.

 

 

 

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

“MISTRESSES AND MASTERPIECES”

                 

Brahms                                    Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2

(1833-97)                                                      Allegro non troppo ma energico

 

Schumann                                    Novelette in F Major, Op. 21, No. 1

(1810-1856)                 

                                                     

Bartók                                    Bagatelle, Op. 6, No.13

(1881-1945)

 

Chopin                                    Waltz in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3

(1810-1849)

 

Liszt                                    “Au bord d’une source”

(1811-1886)                 

                                    “Liebesträume”

 

INTERMISSION

 

Chopin                                    Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1

 

                                    Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21

                                                      Larghetto

                                                     

Debussy                                    “L’isle joyeuse” (The Isle of Joy)

(1862-1918)

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

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 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 and Instagram 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.

 

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