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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel “Rachmaninoff and Friends” Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.  

May 12, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

“Rachmaninoff and Friends”

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.


        FAIRFAX, Va., April 15, 2015 – Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes this season of Keyboard Conversations® with a fantastic program that elucidates and enlightens audiences on the lives and works of Rachmaninoff and his fellow Russian composers as he presents “Rachmaninoff and Friends” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, May 10, 2015 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 final concert of the season, Siegel performs the sumptuous Preludes of Rachmaninoff, charming excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s famous Seasons,” the exultant Precipitato from Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 and the mystical musings of Scriabin. In between each piece, Siegel offers insightful and witty commentary about the music and its composer.

         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. As a soloist, Siegel has appeared 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 Oprah Radio’s “Dr. Oz Show” 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 and, for download on iTunes and at booksellers across the country. 

         Jeffrey Siegel will return to the Center in the 2015-2016 season with four concerts: “Music of Joyous Celebration!” on Sept. 20, “Chopin and Grieg – A Musical Friendship” on Oct. 25, “Splendor from Silence” on March 13 and “Musical Pictures” on May 8. For more information about these concerts, please visit




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.


KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL are $40, $34 and $24. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket 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 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.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.