Center for the Arts Presents Jeffrey Siegel Performing ‘Chopin the Storyteller’

Posted: March 4, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm

In the third of his trademark “concerts with commentary” series Keyboard Conversations, Jeffrey Siegel continues his yearlong tribute to Chopin in celebration of the 200th anniversary of this renowned composer’s birth.

“Chopin the Storyteller” will be performed at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

The performance features four Chopin ballades, as well as a novelette by Robert Schumann, a great romantic composer and a Chopin contemporary.

The Program

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Novelette in D, Op. 21, No. 4

Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52


Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 47

Questions and Answers

This year marks Siegel’s 17th performing at Mason and the 40th anniversary of Keyboard Conversations. 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.
Siegel has developed a following among seasoned music lovers, and his ongoing series has flourished in numerous American cities, including 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, Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among many others.

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.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

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

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

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