The Romantic Music of Chopin: KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS with Jeffrey Siegel
Experience some of the most familiar, popular piano music ever written! Stirring polonaises, yuneful waltzes, dreamy nocturnes, the misterious "Fantasy Impromptu" and the tempestuous "Scherzo".
The distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world's great orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan, the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti and Yevgeny Svetlanov.
In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS, a unique, concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in its entirety. Newcomers to classical concerts have greeted these programs enthusiastically, as they present an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Mr. Siegel has also developed a following among seasoned music-lovers, who are constantly enlightened by his erudition and delighted by his wit. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Washington, D. C. and Denver. Some of these venues have been presenting KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS for more than thirty years - resounding testimony to Jeffrey Siegel's superb artistry, innovative format and loyal fans. Following the successful reception of KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS in the United Kingdom, they continued in April and May 2012 at London's dynamic, newest arts complex, Kings Place.
KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS ~ Piano Treasures, a one-hour, TV special produced by Time Life for PBS, was broadcast this past season during pledge drives nationwide. Oprah Radio's "Dr. Oz Show" recently featured Mr. Siegel as guest of host and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and popular author and co-host Dr. Michael Roizen. Random House Audio Publishing Group has released an audiobook series of four CDs of KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS: Mozart and Friends, The Power and Passion of Beethoven, The Romanticism of the Russian Soul and The Romance of the Piano. Jeffrey Siegel's recording of Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra, with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony, continues to be a best seller.
Born into a musical family, Jeffrey Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, with the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London.
Underwritten in part by the Zina Vladimirsky Memorial Performing Arts Fund.
The other two concerts of the KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS series are "The Power And Passion Of Beethoven" (10/4/12) and "Bach and the Romantics" (5/23/13).
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