American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras and has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time. He has performed his Keyboard Conversations® at the Harris Center every year since the facility opened; the reasons for this are instantly obvious. In presenting these "concerts with lively commentary," Mr. Siegel offers comments on the work, the composer, even the times in which the work was composed, and then gives a virtuosic performance of a piano masterpiece. A lively Q&A concludes the concert. His presentations enrich the listening experience for the avid music lover as well as provide an inviting, instantly accessible introduction to great music for those new to classical music. "An achievement of a sort seldom heard" (New York Times).
CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN AND GEORGE GERSHWIN
2017-2018 Season Opening Concert, Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
In honor of Bernstein's 100th birthday, selections from West Side Story, his intimate Anniversaries, his youthful piano arrangement of Copland's zesty El Salon Mexico, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
A FRENCH MUSICAL FEAST
Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Enchanting music for the ears! Debussy's Clair de lune and sexy Isle of Joy, Ravel's colorful The Fountain and beloved Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Satie's sassy Rag Time Prelude.
THE EXOTIC MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Saint Saen's eerie Dance Macabre, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night Dream, Scriabin's exultant Fourth Piano Sonata, Bartok's mysterious Night Music, and glorious Nocturnes of Chopin.
THE ROMANTIC CONNECTION - CHOPIN, SCHUMANN, AND LISZT
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Heartfelt masterpiece of composers born within 18 months of one another. Chopin's stirring Polonaise Fantasy, Schumann's fanciful Novelettes, and Liszt's Benediction to God in Solitude and 13th Rhapsody.
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Event Length (for each individual concert)
2 hours, 30 minutes; with intermission and Q&A session