WITH GUEST SPEAKER BETH OSNES (Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies)

This event is part of ClimateKeys, a glocal initiative launching with over thirty concerts in nine countries during October & November 2017 to raise public engagement with CoP23, the 2017 UN climate talks taking place in November. ClimateKeys, founded by London-based composer pianist Lola Perrin, features concert pianists and climate change experts collaborating in performances that include a conversation with the audience about positive response to climate change. To date, over a hundred concert musicians and guest speakers in twenty countries have joined ClimateKeys. More concerts are being planned through 2018.

November 11 2017 at 7.30 pm
Boulder, Colorado

“The weather has become more severe in the past three years and I hear about climate change on the radio all the time. I’m in ClimateKeys to do something positive and encouraging about how we need to adapt for the sake of our kids. I chose my concert programme for pieces that celebrate four elements of our planet; fire, air, water, and animals. I’m expecting over 400 people to come, people from the local area who usually attend concerts.” (HSING-SY SHU - PIANIST)


Works by Messiaen, Lola Perrin, Ravel, Rosenberger, Takemitsu

LIVESTREAMING NOVEMBER 11 7.30PM http://colorado.edu/music

HSING-AY HSU Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and abroad in Asia and Europe. A Steinway Artist, Hsu is winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition silver medal, the Ima Hogg National Competition First Prize, the prestigious Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award, a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award, among others. She was also named a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House, and a “2011 Pathmaker” by Denver Post. A versatile concerto soloist performing Bach to Barber, she is described by the Washington Post as full of “power, authority, and self-assurance.” Concerto collaborations include the Houston Symphony Orchestra as first-prize winner of the Ima Hogg National Competition, the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, Pacific Symphony (CA), Colorado Springs, Florida West Coast, Fort Collins, New Jersey, Waterbury(CT), China National, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen orchestras. Television and radio feature broadcasts include Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Live from Tanglewood (for a 10,000+ live audience members and 3.9 million broadcast audience), NPR’s Performance Today with Martin Goldsmith, TCI cablevision’s Grand Piano Recital (CA), CPR’s Colorado Spotlight, China Central National TV, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, and Danish National Radio. She has recorded CD/DVD’s for Pacific Records, Albany Records, and Nutmeg Press labels.

BETH OSNES is an applied theatre practitioner, a theatre scholar, and a solo performer. She is passionate about using theatre as a tool for women to empower their voices for participation in the development that impacts their own lives and communities (see her most recent book Theatre for Women's Participation in Sustainable Development, Routledge 2014). Her Vocal Empowerment Workshop has been hosted by international non-governmental organization and universities in India, Ethiopia, Panama, Namibia, Guatemala, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nicaragua, the Navajo Nation and in cities across North America. Beth is a co-founder of Inside the Greenhouse, an endowed initiative on the CU campus to celebrate creative climate communication. With Mothers Acting Up (2002-2011), Beth toured a program in partnership with Philanthropiece Foundation entitled, The (M)other Tour, to locations around the world to create a global community of mothers moving from concern to action on behalf of their most passionate concerns. She has presented on work at the World Renewable Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver in 2012, and the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in 2012. She has published books and many articles on women’s vocal empowerment, gender equity in sustainable development, mothering, activism, and the Asian performing arts. Awards: Recipient of a 2014 “E-Chievement Award” from eTown, the 2012 Sustainability Award “Green Faculty” at the University of Colorado and the Chancellor’s Committee on Women Awards, University of Colorado, 2009