Pianist Jeffrey Siegel to Treat Music Lovers to Festive French Fare

Posted: October 25, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Mason’s Center for the Arts, performing the second of this season’s trademark “concert with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.

This year, Siegel is taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe, focusing each of his four concerts on a different country or region of the world. This Keyboard Conversations performance explores the works of some of France’s most accomplished composers. The program includes Debussy’s beloved “Clair de lune,” Poulenc’s sassy “Impromptus,” as well as colorful works by Ravel and Saint-Saëns.

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

Siegel has developed a following among seasoned music lovers, and his Keyboard Conversations series flourishes in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Dallas and Denver, with several of these venues presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than 25 years.

As a conductor, 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 include Russia – Rebels on the Red Carpet! and Austria-Hungary – Captivating Continentals.

The Keyboard Conversations series at Mason is sponsored by Jordan Kitt’s Music. PNC is the 2007 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Prior to the concert, a free Young Artists Musicale will be held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby. Talented piano students, grades 3-12, and winners of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals will perform short pieces.

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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