Jeffrey Siegel Brings ‘Bite-Size’ Musical Gems to Center for the Arts

Posted: December 17, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns with the third concert of this season’s trademark series Keyboard Conversations titled “The Longevity of the Short Piece!” to Mason’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

In this “concert with commentary” performance, Siegel presents “bite-size” musical jewels and gems – masterpieces in miniature.

The program includes Mendelssohn’s beloved “Songs Without Words”; Grieg’s descriptive “Lyric Pieces,” including the festive “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen”; Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka”; Brahms’ rousing Rhapsody in E-Flat; Sibelius’ elegiac “Evergreen”; and the Latin melodies and rhythms of Granados’ “Spanish Dance” and Ginastera’s Sonata.

Jordan Kitt’s Music is the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at Mason’s Center for the Arts.

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 of the piano and to classical music in general.

The next Keyboard Conversations presentation at the Center for the Arts is “Musical Pictures.” For more details, see the Center for the Arts web site.

A free young artists musicale will be held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby. Talented piano students in grades 3-12, as well as 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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