Concert Celebrates Classical Music

When pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes his fifth concert season at Kennesaw State University on Feb…

Georgia (Feb 12, 2004) — Concert Celebrates Classical Music

Cheryl Brown

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Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

When pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes his fifth concert season at Kennesaw State University on Feb. 29‚ he will have shared his unique blend of classical music and behind−the−scenes commentary with nearly 5‚000 concertgoers. Of course‚ that figure doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands who have heard him perform in concerts venues around the world since he first launched his Keyboard Conversations® series more than 20 years ago.

Part recital‚ part history lesson‚ Mr. Siegel’s enlightening and entertaining concerts offer both seasoned connoisseurs and beginners a deeper connection with the music and a special insight into the composer’s creative process‚ including the personal‚ political and cultural influences that may have played a role in shaping the musical pieces. His entertaining and upbeat explanations‚ spoken and played as short musical examples‚ are interspersed between performances of the pieces in their entirety. As an added plus‚ the audience is encouraged to participate in a short question−and−answer session at the end of the concert. As Mr. Siegel states‚ “My hope is that the remarks I share will make the music more accessible‚ the listening more focused and meaningful.”

Joseph Meeks‚ Dean of the KSU School of the Arts‚ believes Siegel’s concerts are a treasure to share with the community. “He is simply an incredible spokesperson for classical music. I see everyone from young people to older adults at his concerts‚ and they all walk away delighted.”

Mr. Siegel‚ an International Steinway Artist‚ has made solo appearances with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Symphony‚ Moscow State Symphony and the NHK Symphony of Japan. His U. S. performances have included the New York Philharmonic‚ Chicago Symphony‚ the Philadelphia Orchestra and others.

For his Feb. 29 performance in KSU’s Howard Logan Stillwell Theater‚ Mr. Siegel plans to present “Bach and the Virtuosos: Liszt‚ Rachmaninoff and Busoni.” The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call the KSU Box Office at 770−423−6650.

To learn more about Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® concerts visit his website at www.keyboardconversations.com

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 17‚400 from 131 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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