AVC to host free concert by pianist Jeffrey Siegel on March 18

Distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform a free concert at Antelope Valley College’s Performing Arts Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18. People may reserve their free tickets by calling (661) 722-6300, ext. 6391 starting 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. There is a limit of two tickets per caller.

Siegel will perform “Gershwin and Friends,” which will include “Rhapsody in Blue” and other compositions by George Gershwin, as well as popular works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Scott Joplin and Edward MacDowell.

The performance will feature Siegel’s presentation of Keyboard Conversations®, his trademark concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in full.

The performances have proven popular with both newcomers to classical concerts and seasoned music lovers alike. Following the successful reception of Keyboard Conversations® in the United Kingdom, they continue in April and May at London’s newest arts complex, Kings Place.

Siegel has been a soloist with the world’s great orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, NHK Symphony of Japan, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He was the subject of a one-hour PBS special, “Keyboard Conversations® -- Piano Treasures.” Also, there are several CDs of his music, including a recording of Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London.

The free concert is sponsored by Steinway and Sons. Siegel is a Steinway artist.