Pianist Jeffrey Siegel Performs Beethoven at Center for the Arts

Posted: August 22, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

The Center for the Arts welcomes back virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel for the 19th season of his popular “concerts with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations, at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., Siegel pays homage to arguably the most brilliant composer of all time with “A Beethoven Bonanza.”

Siegel will provide insight into Beethoven’s story of personal triumph over tragedy and will perform some of the most renowned pieces in the composer’s rich body of work.

This program shows Beethoven’s many moods of genius and includes the humorous “Rage Over a Lost Penny”; the rarely heard Sonata in F, Op. 54; the tragic, fiery Sonata Pathéthique, Op. 13; and the Sonata, Op. 109, written after deafness had engulfed the composer.

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C., is the 2011-12 series sponsor for Keyboard Conversations.

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

Tickets are $19, $30, $38; 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 cfa.gmu.edu.


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