Center for the Arts Presents Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations

Posted: September 8, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For 14 seasons, George Mason’s Center for the Arts has welcomed the distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel and his Keyboard Conversations, a unique, concert-plus-commentary in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in its entirety.

Jeffrey Siegel
Jeffrey Siegel
Photo by Peter Schaaf

The 2006-07 season of Keyboard Conversations begins with an enthusiastic interpretation of Beethoven on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. with Beethoven: Sunny Side Up! This concert features the maestro’s “Rage over a Lost Penny,” and Sonata No. 28 in A major.

Siegel, who has been soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra of La Scala and many more, also performs solo engagements across the United States. He collaborates with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time, such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman.

As a conductor, Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in France, Scandinavia and South America. He is equally at home in the dual role of conductor/pianist, directing the orchestra from the keyboard. For 13 years, Siegel served as music director and conductor of the Mainly Mozart Festival in Arizona.

In June 2006, Random House Audio released an audiobook series of four Keyboard Conversations CDs: “Mozart and Friends,”” The Power and Passion of Beethoven,” “The Romanticism of the Russian Soul” and “The Romance of the Piano.”

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

The Keyboard Conversations series is sponsored by Jordan Kitts Music.

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