Harris Center Welcomes the The Joyous Music Of Beethoven, With Jeffrey Siegel

"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). With astounding virtuosity and an enthusiasm that is contagious, Jeffrey Siegel opens the new year with the third concert in his Keyboard Conversations series. For THE JOYOUS MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN, Mr. Siegel explores the boisterous "Rage Over a Lost Penny," the exhilarating "Polonaise," the intimate "Bagatelles," the "Theresa Sonata" - (who was she?), and the "Farewell Sonata" - who was leaving, and why was Beethoven deeply affected?

Now in his eighth season at the Harris Center, Keyboard Conversations is a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary that combines captivating comments with virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces. The concert concludes with a lively Q & A. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the magnificent piano repertoire. Seasoned music lovers enjoy an enriched, more focused listening experience. "Siegel's programs strengthen the fragile bonds of communication between composer and listener and are as welcome as they are rare" (Chicago Tribune).

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: THE JOYOUS MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN will be presented Friday, January 11, 2019, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $13-$38. Tickets for children and students with ID are $6.50. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 12 noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street. The media sponsor for the concert is Capital Public Radio.

"A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound...and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal" (Denver Post).

American pianist JEFFREY SIEGEL has been soloist with the world's great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Munich's Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Amsterdam and Oslo, as well as Stockholm, the Orchestra of La Scala 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. Mr. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.

The final performance from Mr. Siegel's 2018-19 Harris Center series is entitled FASCINATIN' RHYTHMS, including the syncopated ragtime music of Gershwin and Scott Joplin, dashing Polkas, alluring Tangos, vibrant Marches, and elegant Waltzes. Music of Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. Wednesday, March 27, 2019; 7:30 pm.

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences featuring the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts over 400 events attracting more than 150,000 annually.

Tickets are available online at www.HarrisCenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

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