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Pianist Bronfman Shows Flair for Understatement

Pianist Bronfman Shows Flair for Understatement

Meghan Farnsworth
March 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

During this past Saturday’s Artist Recital Series concert, a silent and venerable man graced Finney Chapel’s stage. The man was Yefim Bronfman, a concert pianist renowned for his viable palate of musical warmth and depth. Born in Tashkent of the former Soviet Union, Bronfman’s artistic assertiveness...

Unsung Heroes: An Overview of The Oscars’ Best Original Score Nominees

Sonia Wurzel
March 4, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

Sunday night was Hollywood’s prom: the glitzy and glamorous 83rd annual Academy Awards, a night to honor those who work in the film industry. Of course, the focus of the event is always on the prestigious (overrated? predictable, maybe?) Best Picture award, but as was made clear in the presentation...

Boreyko Stirs Fire in Cleveland Orchestra

Boreyko Stirs Fire in Cleveland Orchestra

Meghan Farnsworth, Staff Writer
March 4, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

As part of its annual Oberlin Artist Recital Series visit, the Cleveland Orchestra showcased new and upcoming talent during its performance last Friday evening. Although typically directed by conductor Franz Welser-Möst, last Friday’s performance showcased the artistry of Russian-born Andrey Bore...

A Bit Too Much Schmutz on Jerusalem of Gold

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer
March 4, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

A lot of people might shudder at the thought of publicizing the exploits of their time studying abroad, let alone publicizing them musically — not merely out of embarrassment, but out of humility. Few will ever write about the spiritual journey they underwent on pub crawls, or the identity crisis they...

Born this Woah: Going Gaga for New Video

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer
March 4, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

Through a neon pink triangle emerges a unicorn of space and stars. The leitmotif from Hitchcock’s Vertigois playing in the background. Another pink triangle descends over the image of the unicorn, and this time we see a blond, masked figure. The camera turns over to reveal that the mask is the b...

Australian Synth Swampdwellers, Cut Copy, Clear Dance Floor with Messy Zonoscope

Jamie Helmsworth
February 25, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

For those unfamiliar with Australian cultural trends, let me bring you up to speed: They like to party. Remember the viral video of the kid with “famous sunglasses” who threw a house party that turned into a riot while his parents were gone? He’s Australian. Do you know where will.i.am discovered...

On the Record: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor
February 25, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

What was your most memorable experience at the Grammys, other than winning? [Laughs] I was really sick, so it was all kind of a blur. I mean, it all was memorable. I have to say probably seeing Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding — who later won the Best New Artist — seeing them do a duet...

Album Review: Radiohead’s The King of Limbs Reminds Why We Like Pop Music

Album Review: Radiohead’s The King of Limbs Reminds Why We Like Pop Music

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief
February 25, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the same week that Lady Gaga’s latest single, “Born This Way,” became the fastest-selling single ever to hit iTunes, resulting in over one million downloads in five days, Radiohead digitally released its eighth album. The two pop-music giants have more in common...

Uncommitted Crowd Brave Snowy Monday for Homostupids

Uncommitted Crowd Brave Snowy Monday for Homostupids

Kara Brooks, Staff Writer
February 25, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

There was a passable crowd at the ’Sco on Monday night, but it seemed as though only a fraction of the turnout was truly excited to see punk band Homostupids, with opening act Aaron Dilloway. Homostupids’s fan base appears to consist of two disparate groups: fanatics and people who are trul...

Interview with the JACK Quartet

Interview with the JACK Quartet

Meghan Farnsworth
February 25, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Why “JACK”? Ari Streisfeld: It’s an acronym — John, Ari, Chris and Kevin. We specialize in contemporary music, and one of the first pieces we played together was the third string quartet by Helmut Lachenmann, the German composer. It’s called “Grido,” which means “scream” in Italian. But ...

Review: Senior Voice Recital

Meghan Farnsworth
February 18, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

Senior Conservatory voice major and soprano Cree Alyse Carrico presented a final recital that showcased her vocal power and brilliance as well as her easy, carefree stage dynamic. Pianist Jenna Douglas acted as a tasteful adornment to Carrico’s commanding and powerful presence. The program featured...

Calvin Johnson and Friends Lead Audience Down Long, Winding Road

Lizzie Conner
February 18, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

Calvin Johnson croons un-amplified into the ceiling of Fairchild Chapel, barely skipping a beat when he swings his classical guitar to his back and reverting to a speaking voice to address the audience candidly. About 40 people showed up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with K Record’s “Ring Leader”...

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