FOLSOM — Jeffrey Siegel’s unique “concerts with commentary” are a joy for both the piano aficionado and novice alike with exciting explorations of some of the best-loved works in the classical canon. He returns for the 2013-14 season — his fourth such engagement with Harris Center — with four programs of Keyboard Conversations, beginning with Bach and the Romantics on Aug. 23.
This program includes performance and commentary on high voltage, dramatic works of Bach and Bach-inspired compositions by such diverse composers as Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Shostakovich and Felix Mendelssohn.
“Mr. Siegel’s audience is so broad. He can engage everyone from the most avid music lover to the inquisitive newcomer,” said David Pier, Harris Center executive director. “We’re proud to bring him back. With his considerable experience as a concert pianist, his succinct commentary and a brisk question and answer session, he gives his fans a memorable evening every time.”
American pianist Siegel has been soloist with the world’s great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Munich’s Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Amsterdam, Oslo and 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.
Siegel’s ongoing series of Keyboard Conversations flourish in numerous American cities. Some of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations for more than 40 years — resounding testimony to Siegel’s superb artistry, innovative format and loyal fans. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and immensely accessible introduction to the magnificent piano repertoire while seasoned music lovers enjoy a deeply enriched, more focused listening experience.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Bach and the Romantics will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. Tickets are $19 to $29 with premium tickets available for $39 and student tickets (with ID) are $7. Purchase them online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.
Future Keyboard Conversations by Siegel at Harris Center are The Miracle of Mozart at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26; The Glory of Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19; and Mistresses and Masterpieces at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. For further details visit harriscenter.net.