Feature Photo: Oberlin College Choir

Julia Peterson, Arts & Culture Editor

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 Hensel, Lili Boulanger and Gabriel Fauré. The choir’s diverse repertoire spanned five languages and multiple centuries, and some pieces included accompaniment from piano, cello, violin, harp, harpsichord and viola da gamba. The distinct pieces were tied together by the overarching themes of springtime and rebirth celebrated in each song. The singers and instrumentalists produced clear, reverberating harmonies, blending a compliment of melodies into their musical narrative while baritone and Conservatory sophomore Joseph Klinger and mezzo-soprano and double-degree first-year Abagael Cheng delivered impressive solos.