Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations Features ‘Chopin for Lovers!’

Posted: August 18, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 18, 2009 at 9:38 am

For the past 40 years, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has delighted piano aficionados and newcomers alike with his unique combination of extraordinary virtuosity and his fascinating behind-the-scene stories.

This season, Siegel returns to Mason’s Center for the Arts with his popular series Keyboard Conversations to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin.

In the first of four concerts this season, Siegel delves into the romantic side of Chopin, performing works inspired by the women in the prolific composer’s life. “Chopin for Lovers!” will be performed at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

The program includes the vivacious E Flat Waltz, the touching “Farewell Waltz,” the dreamy Larghetto Op. 21, some demonic preludes from Op. 28 and the famous “Fantasie Impromptu.”

Upcoming Keyboard Conversations are “Chopin the Patriot” in November 2009, “Chopin the Storyteller” in March 2010 and “Chopin and the Future” in May 2010.

The program follows.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

  • Waltz in E-flat, Op. 18
  • Larghetto from Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  • Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66
  • Four Preludes from Op. 28: No. 2 in A minor, No. 8 in F-sharp minor, No. 15 in D-flat major (Raindrop), No. 24 in D minor

Intermission

  • Prelude in A, Op. 28, No. 7
  • Waltz in D-flat, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute Waltz)
  • Waltz in A-flat major, Op. Post.
  • Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39

Questions and Answers

A free young artists musicale will be held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby.  Talented piano students in grades 3-12 and winners of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals will perform short pieces.

Steinway Galleries is the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at the Center for the Arts.

Tickets for Keyboard Conversations are $38, $30 and $19; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

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