Center for the Arts Presents Pianist Siegel Performing ‘Chopin and the Future’

Posted: May 7, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: May 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm

In his final Keyboard Conversation of the season, Jeffrey Siegel concludes his yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth by examining the composer’s great legacy in “Chopin and the Future.”

In this “concert with commentary,” Siegel performs several of Chopin’s notable works, as well as works by those who were inspired by him, at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, May 9, at 7 p.m.

The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future, as well as Chopinesque compositions of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Szymanowski and others.

This year marks Siegel’s 17th at George Mason University and the 40th anniversary of Keyboard Conversations.

Siegel has developed a following among seasoned music lovers, and ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them 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, Jeffrey Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among many others.

The program follows.


Frédéric Chopin
Prelude in A minor, Op 28, No. 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15

Claude Debussy
Etude for the five Fingers

Alexander Scriabin
Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Gabriel Fauré
Nocturne No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 33, No. 3

Witold Lutoslawski
Etude No. 1


Lowell Liebermann
(b. 1961- )
Nocturne No. 4, Op. 38

Karol Szymanowski
Two Mazurkas, Op. 50

Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op 45
Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12 (Revolutionary)

Questions and Answers

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

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C., is the series sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at the Center for the Arts.

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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