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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...

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...

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 ...

Alum Ishikawa Returns as Solo Artist

Paul Mehnert
April 8, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Upon returning to Oberlin, a place she once called home, touring electronic musician and 2014 alumna Rachel Ishikawa felt the bittersweet taste of self-realization and towering student loans. “I learned a lot at Oberlin and met some of the most wonderful people,” she said. “I am grateful that [the...

At Oberlin’s Fourth Feline Riot, Girls Own the Night

At Oberlin’s Fourth Feline Riot, Girls Own the Night

Kiana Mickles
April 8, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Are you a woman or femme-identifying? Want to start a band? Never performed in front of a live audience? Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Nancy Boutilier says, “Come join us!” Boutilier and Associate Director of Admissions Kristen Surovjak were members of the punk band...

Feature Photo: Student Composers Concert

Feature Photo: Student Composers Concert

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor
April 8, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Conservatory senior Alex Tasker plays the didgeridoo, an indigenous Australian instrument, as part of an original eight-minute-long TIMARA composition by Conservatory senior Hunter Brown. The piece, “Bent and Blunted,” was included in the Student Composers Concert that took place in Warner Concert...

Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

Danny Evans and Louise Edwards
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The High and Mighty Brass Band blasts a jazzy tune at a packed Cat in the Cream. Though the audience was sitting at the beginning of the nine-piece band’s set on Friday, nearly every attendee was standing and dancing by the end of the fun-filled performance. The HMBB boasts a sound that combin...

Askin Avoids Clichés in 30 Score

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

College sophomore JD Askin spends most of his time in his dorm room — a cozy nook in South with a red rug, a keyboard, rainbow water speakers, a lone strand of multicolored Christmas lights and not much else. Askin, a New York City native and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a primarily...

Amanda X Outshines Sebadoh in ‘Sco Doubleheader

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

In the days leading up to indie rock band Sebadoh’s ’Sco performance Saturday, excitement among students and community members was palpable. After all, the beloved band has not, after all, played a show in the U.S. since June. However, come showtime, the ’Sco was sparsely populated and off-puttingly...

Storage Showspace Hosts Student Rockers

Storage Showspace Hosts Student Rockers

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The last few years have seen a resurgence of a style of rock music characterized by unorthodox musical elements seldom found in the highly danceable, melody-oriented indie rock of the ’00s and early ’10s. Critics and fans have hailed this resurgence as an opportunity for rock music to reclaim its...

Folk Musician Sings of Childhood, Self-Love

Folk Musician Sings of Childhood, Self-Love

Daniella Brito
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The lulling drone of pre-show chatter immediately ceased as Nakaya, cast in blue light, took the stage at the Cat in the Cream on Saturday night. She began her set with “Dear Skin,” a hauntingly mesmerizing track from her newest EP, Out of Breath. Airy acoustic guitar riffs paired with Nakaya’s echoing ...

Duphil, Oberlin Orchestra Pack Finney Chapel

Duphil, Oberlin Orchestra Pack Finney Chapel

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

t is unquestionable that Oberlin’s conservatory of music is exceptional. However, it is still thrilling to be able to experience it in person. On Saturday night, the Finney Chapel stage was packed with the Conservatory students of the Oberlin Orchestra ready to play in their first spring concert of...

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