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Six reasons to love Jeffrey Siegel

Posted by Sarah Kolb on February 11th 2020 to Friends of the Center

Six reasons to love Jeffrey Siegel

By Leslie Simon

Here at the Arvada Center we are major music aficionados, and we love learning more about the music we are hearing. Fans of old shows like VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged will find world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® to have a familiar concert-with-commentary format. Giving bits of background before playing the entire song, Jeffrey Siegel has been enriching and deepening patrons’ musical knowledge for decades, and we are honored to host this program year after year. Listed below are just six reasons we love Siegel.

Take a look at his upcoming event calendar and come see for yourself why we love him so much:

  1. Jeffrey is a musical globetrotter. Among the international groups he has played with are the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras, and the NHK Orchestra of Japan.
  2. Jeffrey has also played coast to coast with America’s greatest musicians including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  3. Speaking of Chicago, he’s a Windy City native, and studied with eminent pianist and teacher Rudolph Ganz there.
  4. He went to the prestigious Juilliard School in his current hometown of New York City. There at 17, he got to meet one of his idols, Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein’s musical lectures inspired Jeffrey’s own concert-with-commentary series Keyboard Conversations®, where he shares what Bernstein called “the transformative power of music.”
  5. Time Life created a one-hour PSB Special about this program titled Keyboard Conversations® ~ Piano Treasures. He’s also been on Oprah Radio’s “Dr. Oz Show” where he discussed this fun concert series with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen.
  6. He’s funny, and doesn’t make classical music feel stuffy. While his career is certainly filled with “white-tie-and-tails” performances (in his words), the Keyboard Conversations® format is set up similar to VH1 Storytellers or MTV Unplugged, making these concerts warm and approachable.

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