On the heels of his well-received series of lecture performances earlier this year, the Sept. 16 Keyboard Conversation with distinguished pianist Jeffrey Siegel promises an informal, accessible and entertaining exploration of “The Power and Passion of Beethoven.”
The program will include performance and commentary on Beethoven’s Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Opus 54; Grande Sonata Pathatique in C Minor, Opus 13; and Sonata No. 26 in E Flat, Opus 81a (Les Adieux).
Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier notes “Mr. Siegel can intrigue everyone from the most avid music lover to the inquisitive newcomer; we’re proud to bring him back to Three Stages this season for a series of four ‘concerts with commentary.’ With his considerable experience as a concert pianist, his succinct commentary, and a brisk question and answer session, I anticipate a great evening.”
The first Keyboard Conversation with Jeffrey Siegel for the 2011-12 season will take place in Three Stages on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 to 29 with premium tickets available for $39; tickets for students with proper ID are $12. Tickets are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom facing East Bidwell Street.
Mr. Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations are 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; Siegel has also developed a following among seasoned music-lovers, who are constantly enlightened by his erudition and delighted by his wit.
He has been soloist with the world’s great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, The Hague Residentie Orkest, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan. In the United States, engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.
Future performance dates by Siegel at Three Stages: Jan. 14, 2012; Feb. 22, 2012; May 19, 2012. See threestages.net for more information.