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The Oberlin Review

Faculty, Guests to Perform Collaborative Electroacoustic Pieces

Gillian Pasley
February 17, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The TIMARA basement is uncharted territory for many Oberlin students, even those who frequent the Conservatory. Known for pushing the boundaries of electroacoustic composition and experimental performance, the department is internationally recognized for its impact on the history of electronic music — it ...

On the Record with Musicologist Maria Williams

On the Record with Musicologist Maria Williams

Olive Sherman and Owen Ellerkamp
February 17, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, On the Record

Professor Maria Williams was born and raised in Anchorage, AK. She received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles and currently directs the Department of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she teaches courses in Alaska Native and world...

Birenbaum Performance Space Opens in Hotel

Birenbaum Performance Space Opens in Hotel

Eilish Spear, Staff writer
February 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Dozens of students, faculty and community members descended upon the new Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center to attend the Jan. 23 inaugural concert in the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, the experimental new venue on campus. The intimate, modern space occupies a subterranean room filled with s...

On The Record With Aoife O’Donovan

On The Record With Aoife O’Donovan

Brendan Eprile, Staff writer
February 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Irish-American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, who graduated from New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation department in 2003, has made her career touring and recording both solo and with other artists, including members of the Punch Brothers. Lead singer for bluegrass-folk band Crooked Sti...

On The Record with TIMARA Professor Peter Swendsen

On The Record with TIMARA Professor Peter Swendsen

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
February 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts Peter Swendsen, OC ’99, spent Winter Term in Norway performing his new hour-long, fixed-media piece What Noises Remain with percussionist Jennifer Torrence, OC ’09. Swendsen, who also holds an M.F.A. from Mills College Center for Contemporary...

Student Composers Premiere Accessible, Enjoyable Electroacoustic Music

Student Composers Premiere Accessible, Enjoyable Electroacoustic Music

Daniel Markus, Arts Editor
February 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

With the lights off and many audience members’ eyes closed, the speakers in the David H. Stull Recital Hall growled to life, unleashing a fizzing array of overlapping synth sounds. The various beeps and hums that followed comprised College first-year Fox Milenski’s “The Floor Shatters Beneath Me,...

Musicians Perform Winter Tours

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff Writer
February 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Many Oberlin students spend Winter Term taking classes, interning at a nonprofit or learning a new instrument. But for student musicians, January presents the perfect opportunity to go on a short tour, as several student bands did this year. College seniors Emma Blackman and Rob Jamner are members...

Music Activism Makes Waves at Oberlin, Beyond

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Since the founding of Oberlin Conservatory in 1865, music has been one of the Oberlin community’s most powerful attributes. Now, with sociopolitical tensions from Standing Rock, ND, to the White House coming to a head, music stands to join both faculty-led and student organized conversations and movements...

Professor Duo Bows Brahms, Shares Bows

Professor Duo Bows Brahms, Shares Bows

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The Oberlin Orchestra will take the stage in Finney Chapel to perform its final concert of the semester tonight at 8 p.m. With a program featuring selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, as well as Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, which features Conservator...

OMTA’s Spring Awakening Ethereal, Relevant

Brendan Eprile, Staff Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Theater & Film

The Oberlin College Theater Department presented a stunning and poignant rendition of Spring Awakening over the weekend. The musical is an exploration of the emotional turmoil of teenage sexuality, love and angst. Despite its late 19th-century setting, several of the themes it addresses — such as abortion...

Beder’s “Composed” Sheds Light on Stage Fright

Beder’s “Composed” Sheds Light on Stage Fright

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
December 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Composed, a new documentary by John Beder, features interviews with professional musicians exploring their experiences with being affected by and coping with performance anxiety. The film had a screening at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday night, followed by a panel discussion with Beder and Conservato...

Student Composers Tap Into Myriad Inspirations

Ivan Aidun
December 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Emotions ran high at the Student Composers Concert in Stull Recital Hall Tuesday night. 12 Composition and TIMARA students presented original pieces that ran the gamut of sound and structure. Traditional pairings like piano and voice and cello duets were juxtaposed in unconventional arrangements such as massi...

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