World-renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel is quick to note that his Keyboard Conversations show that he’s bringing back to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater for the first time in five years isn’t a lecture by any means.
“The short commentary I give before performing each piece makes a more enjoyable, entertaining and focused listening experience – it is not a lecture about music,” he said.
“I should stress that a Keyboard Conversations is a concert with commentary,” he said. “Each musical composition on the program is performed in its entirety – what we believe is the ‘plus’ is that I speak briefly, informally and nontechnical language before playing each work on the program. I do this to make the listening experience more than just an ear wash of sound for the avid music lover but also to provide for a first-time listener to classical music an accessible and inviting introduction to the music they are to hear.”
Siegel’s performance is titled “An American Salute!” and will feature music composed by George Gershwin, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Edward MacDowell, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Scott Joplin and Charles T. Griffes.
“This particular program will have well-loved masterpieces by several different American composers,” Siegel said. “The favorite on the program is the famous ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ which will be presented in the rarely heard solo piano version of this work that Gershwin made for himself. What makes the music sound jazzy? Bluesy? I illustrate this and the audience feels they are on the inside track.”
Siegel is acclaimed all over the world for his performances, and he said it is because he makes his performances accessible.
“While my programs are attended all over the country and in London by avid music lovers, they also reach out to the novice who is looking for an introduction to classical music,” he said. “The format engages the newcomer and this pleases me greatly.”
When the show is over, Siegel engages with the audience even more.
“Each program concludes with a short question and answer bit so that the audience can participate,” he said.
For more information on the program, visit www.keyboardconversations.com.
Jeffrey Siegel: Keyboard Conversations will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street in Temecula.
Tickets range in price from $15 to $35 and are available by calling (866) 653-8696, visiting http://tickets.temeculatheater.org or by visiting the theater’s box office.
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