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Oberlin’s Early Music Ensemble Revels in Tradition

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Oberlin’s Collegium Musicum has a history of bringing medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music to the Oberlin community and has developed an impressive following. The group will perform its holiday concert tonight and tomorrow night in Fairchild Chapel at 8 p.m., featuring tradition liturgical wo...

For SPORTS Fans, ’Sco Turns Stadium

For SPORTS Fans, ’Sco Turns Stadium

Samantha Spaccasi
November 18, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Oberlin loves SPORTS, as evidenced by the large number of students who attended the basement-rock group’s free show Monday night and the cacophonous applause it received when upon taking to the ’Sco stage. Before their performance, the Review sat down with members of the band. “I love Oberlin,...

Arabic Event Finds Hope Despite National Division

James Fleming
November 18, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music

Oberlin’s Arabic program, which in recent years has made strides toward expansion following a troubled infancy, hosted its third annual Arabic Language Day Tuesday evening. This event is one of several additions Arabic professor Mahmoud Meslat has pushed for since taking over the program in 2014. Othe...

Oberlin’s Own Forth Wanderers Drop “Slop”

Oberlin’s Own Forth Wanderers Drop “Slop”

Daniel Markus, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Forth Wanderers is a band with an improbable history: a high school crush turned songwriting partnership, a brilliant band name taken from a random Wikipedia article and a Twitter shoutout from Lorde while all the band’s members were still in their teens. The band’s success, including — but not n...

String Quartet Engages Unlikely Audiences

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

The members of the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, known for consistently pioneering the definition of contemporary music, will perform a program of Franz Joseph Haydn, John Adams and Beethoven at 8 p.m. tonight in Finney Chapel. Currently in residence at Stanford University, the SLSQ was established i...

Conservatory Students Plan Post-Election Support

Conservatory Students Plan Post-Election Support

Text and photo by Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Conservatory students met Wednesday night to discuss the results of the election, what it means for Oberlin student musicians and the many emotions that are spreading through the community. The discussion was unfacilitated and covered everything from ideas for fundraising concerts to the role of music...

In Absurdist Operas, Field Reckons With Gender Roles

In Absurdist Operas, Field Reckons With Gender Roles

Samantha Spaccasi
November 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Audiences can expect temperamental divas, babies coming out of ovens, stage moms and balloons from The Oberlin Opera Theater’s double-billed staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s Viva la mamma and Francis Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. The shows provide an evening filled with farcical and absurdist...

Residency Program Adds New Focus on Songwriting

Residency Program Adds New Focus on Songwriting

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
November 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Aoife O’Donovan arrived in Oberlin this week to lead a Conservatory songwriting masterclass Monday as part of the American Roots residency program, wrapping up her stay with a show at the Cat in the Cream Tuesday. Songwriting is a relatively recent addition to the masterclass program. However, as D...

Project Unbound Combats Human Trafficking With Fundraiser

Brendan Eprile
October 28, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Over 1,200 children have been rescued by The Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County in the past 10 years. To raise money for its cause and increase awareness, student-run anti-human-trafficking organization Project Unbound’s 3rd Annual Voices Against Human Trafficking gathering will bring to...

Feature Photo: Leyla McCalla Trio

Feature Photo: Leyla McCalla Trio

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
October 7, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Leyla McCalla, a Haitian-American musician living in New Orleans, has toured the world on the tail of her 2013 debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes. She brought her cello, guitar and tenor banjo to perform at the Cat in the Cream Monday, singing in a mixture of French, Haitian C...

Feature Photo: Bulgarika

Feature Photo: Bulgarika

Text by Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
September 30, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music, Recent Stories

The trans-Atlantic band Bulgarika played at the ’Sco Monday afternoon, led by New York-based husband and wife Nikolay and Donka Koley, versed in the gadulka and vocals respectively. Both graduates of Bulgarian conservatories, the pair performed alongside band members Temelko Ivanoy (kaval) and Kikolay K...

Monika Herzig Workshop Addresses Gender Disparities in Jazz

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 30, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Despite the fact that the Conservatory itself has enrolled around 45 percent women in its classes over the past five years, the Jazz department reached a peak of 14.2 percent women in 2015. The number of female Jazz majors in the department is often in the single digits—a discrepancy that has not ...

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