Jeffrey 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. Courtesy photo

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Distinguished classical pianist returns to Folsom

By December 16, 2011

FOLSOm — “What musical compositions can last for 100 years,” asks Jeffrey Siegel, “thrilling listeners today with their beautiful melodies, infectious rhythms and compelling musical stories?”

On the heels of his well-received lecture performance last year, the upcoming Keyboard Conversation with distinguished pianist Siegel promises an informal, accessible and entertaining exploration of “1911: A Centennial Celebration,” featuring music by Debussy, Sibelius, Ravel and Stravinsky — all that debuted 100 years ago.

“Mr. Siegel can intrigue everyone from the most avid music lover to the inquisitive newcomer with his considerable experience as a concert pianist, his succinct commentary, and his lively question-and-answer sessions,” said Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier.

The second Keyboard Conversation with Jeffrey Siegel for the 2011-12 season will take place in Three Stages on Saturday, Jan. 14 ,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.

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. 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.

Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times noted, ”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.”

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