Sometimes it’s easy to take some of the more incredible aspects of our local culture for granted: The Garden of the Gods, the chapel at the Air Force Academy and The Fine Arts Center come to mind. Composer and Colorado College Professor Stephen Scott would fall into that category for us: his Bowed Piano Ensemble, which plays the inside of a grand piano using fishing line, plexi-glass, mallets, picks and more, has been here in our community for more than 30 years now. Scott’s music has been featured on NPR and WNYC’s “New Sounds” numerous times. The group has performed at Town Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and in a volcanic lava tube on the Canary Islands. Yet most of the time you can find Stephen Scott and the group practicing in the basement of Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus.

Lucky for us we’ll have another opportunity to NOT take the group for granted TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall where the The Bowed Piano Ensemble and soprano soloist Victoria Hansen will give a preview concert before their upcoming four-city tour of Boston, Cleveland, Santa Fe and Burlington, VT.

If you’ve never heard or seen them, we highly recommend both. Here’s a piece about the group that aired on KRCC in January 2008 (disregard the concert information at the end):

KRCC Bowed Piano Ensemble Feature, January 2008

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And here are a few more videos:

 

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    Glad you’re mentioning this. I’m a fan!

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