Center for the Arts Welcomes Jeffrey Siegel with Keyboard Conversations

Posted: September 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason kicks off its 2007-08 Great Performances series with internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, performing the first of this season’s trademark “concert with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations.

This season, Siegel takes audiences on a musical journey around the globe, focusing each of his four concerts on a different country. He’ll perform “America: Fascinatin’ Rhythms!” at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.

This performance celebrates American music from Gottschalk’s patriotic tunes to Gershwin’s jazzy blues, as well as the music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Scott Joplin.

Created so audiences can gain a richer understanding and appreciation for piano and classical music, Keyboard Conversations, now in its 38th year, presents an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general.

Siegel, who is marking his 15th season at Mason, is appreciative of the enthusiastic response he receives from the Mason community.

“The George Mason audience is a particular favorite of mine,” Siegel said in the September 2007 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. “I am treated like royalty there. They laugh at my jokes. I see familiar faces in the audience. There is a warm feeling, an intimacy.”

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.

Upcoming Keyboard Conversations are “Festive French Fare,” “Russia – Rebels on the Red Carpet!” and “Austria-Hungary – Captivating Continentals.” For more details, please visit the Center for the Arts web site.

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

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