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Sextet to Bring Indie Folk to Cat

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Coinciding with this weekend’s Folk Fest is alternative folk pop band PHOX, which will per- form at the Cat in the Cream Saturday at 9 p.m. Hailing from Baraboo, WI, the sextet — who have been friends since high school — boasts whimsical tunes featuring exquisite, wistful vocals from singer ... Read more »

Feature Photo: Dandelion Romp

Feature Photo: Dandelion Romp

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music

College first-year Adam Work, Conservatory first-year Daphne Pickens and College senior Arthur Davis of the group Wallaby Darned play a lively tune for dancers at Hales Gymnasium. The 17th annual Dandelion Romp contra dance festival kicked off Friday with a workshop for beginners. Providing blistering... Read more »

Top Conservatory Pianists Compete in Dann Competition

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Judges Boris Slutski from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Steven Spooner from the University of Kansas Conservatory declared Conservatory senior Zi Xiao Li the winner of Oberlin’s Arthur Dann Piano Competition, which was held in Finney Chapel Sunday. Named in memory of a former Oberlin... Read more »

On the Record with Ana Garcia, Breakdancer

Kiana Mickles
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, On the Record

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia is a B-girl who fell in love with breakdancing in the 1990s and danced with hip-hop crews such as the Transformers, the Breeze Team and the New York Float Committee. She co-founded Full Circle Productions with her husband and fellow breaker Kwikstep, where they teach young dan... Read more »

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

Jacob Narin
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

In a quintessentially Classical concert, The Cleveland Orchestra visited Finney Chapel Sunday with two enlightening hours of Haydn and Mozart, played to a nearly full house. Despite several imperfections and a tiring selection of typically Classical pieces, the event was ultimately worth the price of... Read more »

Cast Gives Haunting Performance of “Dido and Aeneas”

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

With the sunset illuminating the stained glass windows of a packed Fairchild Chapel Saturday night, the stage for Dido and Aeneas seemed far removed from the rest of campus life. The opera’s overture, which showcased the baroque instruments used in the performance, immediately transported the audi... Read more »

Kweli, Hip-Hop Icon, Discusses Activism in Music

Daniella Brito
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

There weren’t any “murals of Biggie,” but Brooklyn beats reverberated off the walls of Hales Gymnasium this past Friday night as an energetic audience cheered ’90s New York hip-hop icon Talib Kweli onto the stage. Mixing lyrically powerful old-school block party hits over more recent beats, DJ... Read more »

Chakrabarti’s Beats Blend Kanye with GoldLink

Chakrabarti’s Beats Blend Kanye with GoldLink

Julian Ring, Editor-in-Chief
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Editor's note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers. When College senior Robin Chakrabarti arrives at Azariah’s Café for our interview, he walks right past me. Dropping his backpack and coat in the booth next to mine, he settles in, pulling out his laptop and plug... Read more »

La Tanya Hall Named Teacher of Jazz Voice

La Tanya Hall Named Teacher of Jazz Voice

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The Conservatory announced Monday that vocalist La Tanya Hall will join the Conservatory faculty as Teacher of Jazz Voice. Hall’s employment will begin in the fall and marks the first time the Conservatory has hired a vocalist for such a position, the first of its kind in the Jazz Studies depart... Read more »

Feature Photo: Oberlin College Choir

Feature Photo: Oberlin College Choir

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Gregory Ristow, OC ’01, conducts the Oberlin College Choir in its spring concert Thursday night in Finney Chapel. The program featured two madrigals by Monteverdi, three Tchaikovsky pieces and a collection of Henry David Thoreau’s poetry set to music by Dominik Argento, as well as works by Fanny... Read more »

Orchestra’s Synergy Eclipsed by Virtuosity

Orchestra’s Synergy Eclipsed by Virtuosity

Jacob Narin
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

With beautiful pieces and a talented ensemble, the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra made their mark on Finney Chapel Saturday night. Headlined by a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63, the event highlighted the relationship between the soloists and the orchestra... Read more »

On the Record with Rachel Katz, Electronic Musician

On the Record with Rachel Katz, Electronic Musician

Victoria Albacete, Production Editor
April 8, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Rachel Katz, who makes music as Xuan Rong, is a junior Computer Science major from New York who released her second EP, Bushka, in March. Her first album, Myria, was released in May 2015. She has performed live at Sidewalk Café and Pianos in New York City. The Review sat down with Katz to discuss the ... Read more »