Special Events

Let’s Get Personal!

The Piano, the Romantics and the Impressionists

 University of Denver Enrichment Program

As artists pushed aside the constraints of the Age of Enlightenment, they created new methods of personal expression. A resurgence of passion and the love of fantasy and nature brought forth some of the most moving piano repertoire. Join Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu to explore the new textures and means of expression created by the Romantics—and later the Impressionists—and why the piano became a preferred medium for the new prominence of individualism.  Three classes are included, along with a group outing for the concert.

As showcased at the London World Exhibition of 1851, with its improved sostenuto pedal, faster repetition and felt hammers, the modern piano offered a new playground to composers. What common ideas did the Romantic composers share amongst themselves, and with the Impressionists? How did they differ? Discover this and much more through piano demonstrations by your talented instructor, comparative listening utilizing her Conscious Listening™ approach, and thoughtful, informative discussions. Along the way, and with new insight, enjoy a group outing at the Friends of Chamber Music concert featuring renowned French pianist (and wildlife conservationist/aIMG_0056ctivist) Hélène Grimaud, widely considered a Renaissance woman for our times. Return for one more class to discuss your concert experience.

10% discount to FCM subscribers.

Four sessions
Tue. & Thur., 7–9 pm, Sept. 9, 11, 18, 2014
FCM concert, Wed., 7:30 pm, Sept. 17
CRN 1190 / $145 (includes concert ticket)

*  10% discount offered for FCM patrons.  Use discount code FCMFTKF14 if you already hold a concert ticket (ticket price deducted from above price). If you need a concert ticket, use FCMF14.  Click here to register.

Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu is winner of the prestigious Juilliard Petschek Award, William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Presidential Scholar Award from President Clinton.


Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Wednesday, April 29, 2015,  7:30 p.m.

Tickets for this event will go on sale through the Newman Center Box Office on October 1, 2014.
Priority will be be given to season subscribers.


He is, as the Washington Post’s Anne Midgette put it in 2011, “the best-known, most versatile, most engaged, music soloist in this country and perhaps in the world.”A joyous presence in the American cultural landscape for more than three decades, Yo-Yo Ma stands as our country’s cellist-in-chief as well as the music world’s most enthusiastic teacher. His tone is luminous, his reach ambitious, his passion for music infectious. As an appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace, he has organized teaching and mentoring programs, inspiring students across the world to love and honor music. His own collaborations go well beyond the traditional boundaries of classical music – notably with his Silk Road Project – celebrating the universality of music itself.