Center for the Arts Presents Pianist Jeffrey Siegel on ‘Chopin the Patriot’

Posted: November 11, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: November 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Center for the Arts favorite Jeffrey Siegel returns with the second concert of this season’s trademark series, Keyboard Conversations, on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

In this “concert with commentary” performance of “Chopin the Patriot,” Siegel presents music from one of the world’s most distinguished composers, providing illuminating, engaging and entertaining insights into each piece.

Continuing his yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, Siegel explores Chopin’s love for his native homeland, Poland. In the wake of the November Uprising, Chopin emerged as a national bard, writing music honoring his country and the heroism of its people.

In this performance, Siegel performs a rousing program featuring Chopin’s heroic polonaises, lyrical mazurkas and dashing waltzes.

Upcoming Keyboard Conversations include “Chopin the Storyteller” in March 2010 and “Chopin and the Future” in May 2010.


Frédéric Chopin

  • Polonaise in G minor (1817)
  • Polonaise in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2
  • Four Mazurkas

Op 6, No. 3, in E
Op. 17, No. 2, in E minor
Op. 17, No. 4 in A minor
Op. 24, No. 2 in C major

  • Grand Polonaise in E Flat, Op. 22


  • Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
  • Waltz in F major, Op. 34, No. 3
  • Mazurka in F minor, Op. Post.
  • Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53

Questions and Answers

Steinway Galleries is the sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

A free Young Artists Musicale is 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, perform short pieces.

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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