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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL BRINGS "GERSHWIN AND FRIENDS" ON MARCH 31 AT 8PM

February 23, 2012
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THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

PRESENTS

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

"GERSHWIN AND FRIENDS"

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 15, 2012 – “Pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary,” raves The Washington Post about this virtuoso pianist who has spent more than 40 years touring the United States and the world, charming audiences with his remarkable musical talents and convivial personality, while sharing fascinating stories about some of the most beloved music in the classical repertoire. Jeffrey Siegel brings his “concerts with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations®, to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas for the first time on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the Series Sponsor for Keyboard Conversations® at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Titled “Gershwin and Friends,” this unique performance includes Gershwin's rarely heard solo piano arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue,” Aaron Copland's humorous “The Cat and the Mouse,” Scott Joplin's “Wall Street Rag,” Leonard Bernstein's touching “Anniversary” and his unpublished “Meditation on a Wedding.”

“[Jeffrey Siegel] commands the unwavering attention of his audience with a unique combination of gifts as an artist, educator and entertainer,” says the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado). Siegel created Keyboard Conversations® to help audiences gain a richer understanding and appreciation for piano and classical music. He has developed a following among both classical music enthusiasts and newcomers, and his ongoing series flourish in numerous cities across the United States, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Denver and Washington, D.C. He has also been invited to appear as a soloist with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Orchestra of La Scala, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. Siegel was recently interviewed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen on the “Dr. Oz Show” on Oprah Radio, and was the subject of “Keyboard Conversations® ~ Piano Treasures,” a one-hour television special produced by Time Life for PBS. Random House Audio Publishing Group has also 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” that are available at RandomHouse.com and Amazon.com, for download on iTunes and at booksellers across the country.  

 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.

 

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the Series Sponsor for Keyboard Conversations® at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

  

Tickets for KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL are $22, $30, $38. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.

 

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.