Center for the Arts Welcomes Pianist Jeffrey Siegel for ‘Haydn and Mozart — Humor and Heartache’

Posted: September 9, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jeffrey Siegel
Jeffrey Siegel
Photo by Peter Schaaf

The Center for the Arts kicks off its new season of Great Performances at Mason with internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel performing the first of this season’s trademark series, Keyboard Conversations.

In this “concert with commentary,” Siegel performs a program titled “Haydn and Mozart — Humor and Heartache” at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.

The performance will include Haydn’s hilarious C-Major Fantasy, exuberant D-Major Sonata and melancholy Andante and Variations. Mozart’s volcanic C-Minor Sonata Finale, blissful Andante and the Turkish March, featuring one of the best-known melodies of all time, are also on the program.

This year marks Siegel’s 16th at Mason and the 39th anniversary of Keyboard Conversations. Created to help 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 of the piano and to classical music in general.

“The George Mason audience is a particular favorite of mine,” Siegel said in an interview with 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.”

Siegel has developed a nationwide following among seasoned music lovers. 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 this season include “Basking in Beethoven,” “The Longevity of the Short Piece!” and “Musical Pictures.” For more details, see

A free Young Artists Musicale will be held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby. Talented piano students, grades 3 to12, and winners of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals will perform short pieces.

PNC and the PNC Foundation are sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

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

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