Pianist Siegel Returns to Center for the Arts for a Night of Schubert

Posted: May 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Memorable melodies that enchant the ear and touch the heart are part and parcel of Jeffrey Siegel’s “concerts with commentary.”

He will bring his Keyboard Conversations, “Schubert — On Wings of Song!” to the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

This is a rescheduled concert that was postponed from February.

Pianist Siegel will play and discuss Schubert’s enchanting waltzes, impromptus, the gracious and lyrical Sonata in A major, D. 664, and the popular song, “The Trout.”

In his Keyboard Conversations, Siegel presents a unique concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in its entirety.

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

Siegel has developed a following among seasoned music lovers, and his ongoing series flourishes in numerous American cities across the country. Some of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than 20 years – resounding testimony to Siegel’s superb artistry, innovative format and loyal following.

As a conductor, Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among many others.

In June 2006, Random House Audio released as an audiobook series four CDs of Keyboard Conversations: “Mozart and Friends,” “The Power and Passion of Beethoven,” “The Romanticism of the Russian Soul” and “The Romance of the Piano.”

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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