BCO Chamber Music Residency
Conscious ListeningTM in Chamber Music

Hsing-ay Hsu, 2023-2024 Artist-in-Residence
Bahman Saless, Director of Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Chamber music invites us to breathe collaboratively,
creating space for each other and cultivating a culture of listening...

Chamber Music in Boulder

With BCO Friends
Venue: Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, Colorado

SAT October 21, 7:30pm

Capturing the Folk Spirit
What is the difference between folk music and art music? How does Brahms, Bartok, and Dvorak use folk music as inspiration for their art? Come explore these lofty ideas through the sheer pleasure of hummable tunes and groovy rhythms!
Bartok Romanian Folk Songs, Violin and Piano Duo

Brahms Klavierstucke Op.118 No.3

Dvorak Piano Quintet in A major

SAT February 17, 7:30pm
Triptych of Trios
Bach Trio Sonata, Originally for Two Flutes, BWV 1039
Mozart Trio in G major K.564
Brahms Trio no.3, Op.101, in C minor  (1886 while on holiday in Hofstetten, Switzerland)

Related Event: Valentine's Solo Piano Recital, Second Tuesdays, Common Grace Church, Arvada

SAT April 6, 8pm, Boulder Arts Week!
Mixing Timbres
Beethoven Clarinet Trio Op.11
Brahms Clarinet Trio Op.114

Conscious Listening Café

Empowering Creativity through Musical Connections

Movement I

Movements II - III

Bahman visits our Conscious Listening Café!

Personal Vision

When Maestro Bahman Saless recently visited my Conscious ListeningTM Café as the featured guest, we found many mutual ideas and thematic interests. In a life full of distractions and noise, we process life better when we take the time to listen to artful music whole-heartedly.

I am thrilled to present a 2023-2024 A "Conscious Listening Residency" at the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Established in 2004, BCO's mission is to promote classical musical arts and education to all people through an engaging and profound musical experience that transforms lives. Following several joyful collaborations as a concerto soloist, I will be sharing my ideas on collaborative listening with the principle players of the BCO.

When I first created the Conscious ListeningTM Process 14 years ago, I wanted to expand the way audiences listen and engage with concert music. I have also spent fourteen years working with University of Colorado students on how to rehearse and collaborate in a way that was led by listening, so that the way they perform was personally meaningful and multidimensional. My own performances, listening workshops and teaching activities are deeply intertwined, because I think that understanding art music goes beyond thinking and invites the connection of mind, body, and heart in an immersive participation. 

I am thrilled to partner with Maestro Saless, my wonderful colleagues at the BCO, and the Boulder arts community to use chamber music as a way to cultivate a culture of collaborative listening!

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