FOLSOM — On the heels of his well-received series of lecture performances last season, the Aug. 24 Keyboard Conversation with distinguished pianist Jeffrey Siegel at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College promises an exciting exploration of some of the best-loved works in the classical canon.
The program will include performance and commentary on works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Gershwin, de Falla, Rimsky-Korsakov and others.
“Mr. Siegel’s audience is so broad—he can engage everyone from the most avid music lover to the inquisitive newcomer — we’re proud to bring him back to Three Stages,” Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier notes. “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.”
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.
“Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate” (Los Angeles Times).
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. Mr. 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.
”My wife, two daughters and I have attended Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations on several occasions and have greatly enjoyed them. He has a way of talking about music that really illuminates it, and he does this without talking down or dumbing down, and this makes listening to the music he plays more accessible — and fun — for everyone.” — Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times
The first Keyboard Conversation with Jeffrey Siegel for the 2012-13 season will take place in Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $19 to $ 29 with premium tickets available for $39; tickets for students with ID are a real bargain at $7.
Tickets are available online at www.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.
Future performance dates by Siegel at Three Stages are Nov. 14, 2012; Jan. 13, 2013; and April 10, 2013.