Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations are brilliantly polished concerts-with-commentary format in which captivating remarks precede virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces.
The Los Angeles Times acclaims, “Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate.” These talents will be displayed at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom as Siegel concludes this season’s series of concerts with Mistresses and Masterpieces on May 18.
Siegel will present love inspired music by the “significant others” in composers personal lives. The inner turmoil of the F Sharp Sonata of Brahms, the exquisite beauty of the Waltz in D-flat Major of Chopin, the passionate Novelettes of Schumann and the famous Liebestraume (Song of Love) of Franz Liszt; this is music that would not have been without the influence of a special “muse.” Hear this glorious music and learn about the women who inspired these heartfelt compositions.
In these Keyboard Conversations new listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the magnificent piano repertoire. Seasoned music lovers enjoy an enriched, more focused listening experience. Ongoing series of Keyboard Conversations flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Denver and Washington, D. C.
American pianist Jeffrey 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 Philharmonic Orchestras of Amsterdam, Oslo and Stockholm, the Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan. In the United States, engagements have included 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.
Siegel has appeared on Oprah Radio’s Dr. Oz Show, as guest of host and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and author and co-host Dr. Michael Roizen. In addition, he has been a frequent guest on the popular BBC program In Tune in London.
Recent CD releases include “The Romantic Music of Chopin,” as well as “The Miracle of Mozart,” recorded live in London. Siegel has also recorded “The Power and Passion of Beethoven,” “The Romanticism of the Russian Soul” and “The Romance of the Piano” (Random House Audio Publishing Group); “Music for the Young — and Young at Heart” (WFMT Radio, Chicago) and “American Pianistic Treasures”(WEDU, Tampa). JSiegel’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 and is available on Amazon.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Mistresses and Masterpieces will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Tickets are $19 to $29 with premium seats available for $39. Tickets for students with ID are $7. Tickets are available 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.