“Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate. “
—Los Angeles Times
(Sarasota, FL) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents its second annual “Keyboard Conversations®” series with internationally acclaimed pianist, Jeffrey Siegel, November 18, 2013, January 21, 2014, and April 1, 2014. Keyboard Conversations is a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format in which captivating comments precede dynamic performances of beloved piano masterpieces. A Q & A concludes the concert. All concerts are at 8 p.m. at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets start at $36 per concert. The series is sponsored, in part, by the Observer Group and WUSF Public Media. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 941-552-6304 or visit www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx.
“Popular Piano Classics” (November 18, 2013, 8 p.m.) features beloved gems of the piano repertoire by some of the world’s best loved composers, including music of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and others.
“Bach and the Romantics” (January 21, 2014) The exhilarating “Chromatic Fantasy” of Bach followed by works of later composers inspired by him, including Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Mozart.
“Mistresses and Masterpieces” (April 1, 2014) Love-inspired music by “significant others” in the composer’s personal life, including the fiery, impassioned music of Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and others.
“This is an inspired series,” says Howard Tevlowitz, executive director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. “New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and accessible introduction to great music. Seasoned music-lovers enjoy a deeply enriched, more focused listening experience.”
“In this robotic age, I believe the transcendent dimension music adds to our lives is more necessary than ever,” says Siegel, who has been a soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Amsterdam, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic, 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. Siegel has appeared on Oprah Radio’s “Dr. Oz Show,” and PBS recently featured a one-hour television special, “Keyboard Conversations: Piano Treasures.” For more information, visit www.keyboardconversations.com.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.