Mark Morris Dance Group, Pianist Jeffrey Siegel at the Center for the Arts This Weekend

Posted: February 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Washington, D.C., area premiere of Violet Cavern will highlight the Mark Morris Dance Group’s performances at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall this weekend. The dance, called a “collaboration of music, art, and dance [that] met up with imagination and wit,” by the Contra Costa Times after the work’s West Coast premiere this past summer, will be performed tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Jazz trio The Bad Plus will accompany the dancers on Violet Cavern. In addition, the dance group is scheduled to perform Mosaic & United, which is set to Henry Cowell’s music for string quartet.

Pre-performance discussions, free to ticket holders, are held both nights at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $42, $34, and $21.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., pianist Jeffrey Siegel will explore the relationship between Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms in his latest Keyboard Conversation, “A Musical Love Triangle.”

What was behind the composition of Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21, created for Brahms on his 22nd birthday, later dedicated to Robert Schumann, and then re-dedicated to Brahms in the year before her husband’s death in an asylum? Brahms was encouraged and sustained by Schumann, and he devoted his whole bachelor life to supporting Clara Schumann during the desperate time of her husband’s illness and beyond, seeking to preserve Schumann’s oeuvre at its most illustrious.

With a full concert performance, and commentary to shed light on the creative, and sometimes destructive, connections between three musical geniuses, Siegel dissolves the traditional wall between audience and artist in Keyboard Conversations.

Join young pianists from Northern Virginia on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier prior to Keyboard Conversations at 6 p.m. for a new community outreach program, the Young Artists Musicale. Under the auspices of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Musicales bring together students under several piano teachers in an effort to enrich the piano learning experience. Participants and their guests are encouraged to attend the Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation following the Musicale, and past student performers have had the opportunity to meet with Siegel and receive the comments of a world-class performing artist.

Tickets for this performance are $35, $27, and $17.50. For tickets, call 703-218-6500 or visit

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