The Oberlin Review

Conservatory Students Plan Post-Election Support

Conservatory Students Plan Post-Election Support

November 11, 2016

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 promoting societal change. The students present agreed to work toward leading a countrywide network of conservatories committed to promoting the music of minorities and to spearhead informed, sen...

Spanish House Celebrates Día de Muertos

Spanish House Celebrates Día de Muertos

November 4, 2016

Spanish House hosted an event Wednesday celebrating Día de Muertos, a Latin American holiday that remains an integral part of Latinx culture worldwide. The evening included sugar skull-making and altar decoration. Sugar skulls are a staple of Día de Muertos celebrations. The altars decorated Wednesday evening were adorned with flowers, food and drink in honor of deceased loved ones. Some altars were dedicated to the memory of the victims of June’s Orlando Pulse shooting, many of whom were mem...

Halloween Burlesque Treats Audience, Bodies with Respect

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

November 4, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Theater & Film

The Oberlin Burlesque Halloween-themed performance was a treat — quite literally, since the show opened with the audience being pelted by candy. The team took the stage in front of a packed ’Sco at 10 p.m. Monday to deliver a performance that both capitalized on the evening’s spooky theme and celebrated the multiplicity of body expression. According to College junior Russell Jaffe, who danced in Monday’s show, the variety of acts on display is at the core of burlesque. “I’d say that [burlesque is] a seductive dance in a really specific art style that’s one part cabaret, two parts seduction, a dash of variance and maybe a ... touch of stripping,” Jaffe said. College sophomore Katya Bouazza-Salva, who...

AMAM’s “Conversations” Explores Asian Artistic Influence

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

October 28, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Features, Visual Art

The Allen’s newest exhibit, Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America challenges the popular assumption that art embodies a strict chronological progression from past to present and influence to influenced. To Curator of Asian Art Kevin Greenwood, it is a much more active process of cultural exchange. The exhibit, comprised of Asian and Asian-style pieces, presents art as a global dialogue punctuated by temporal and geographical disjuncture. It is currently on display in the John N. Stern Gallery. “I really wanted to emphasize that these artists were not passive receptors of … cultural traditions, but they were very actively engaged in picking and choosing things,” Greenwood said. “They have their own...

Gateway Center Installation Completes “Ohio Trilogy”

Gateway Center Installation Completes “Ohio Trilogy”

October 28, 2016

After a busy couple years of change, the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center will finally be home to artist Maya Lin’s exhibit An Ecological Primer: A landscape in 3 parts. Lin is best known for entering the stage of massive art installations at age 21, when she won the 1981 contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since then, she has designed other memorials, along with many other pieces which have focused on the environment. An Ecological Primer uses landscape as a device to di...

Feature Photo: Petros Klampanis

Feature Photo: Petros Klampanis

October 28, 2016

Greek-born double bass player Petros Klampanis stopped by the Cat in the Cream Thursday night for a Performance and Improvisation Series guest recital. After studying double bass performance at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he finished his schooling in New York, where he collaborated with renowned jazz musicians and performed at illustrious venues like Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. His debut album, Contextual, showcases his original compositions and has garnered widespread praise for its beaut...

Feature Photo: Leyla McCalla Trio

Feature Photo: Leyla McCalla Trio

October 7, 2016

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 Creole and English. Her music investigates African identity and social justice, and her work has led her to collaborate with famed musicians such as Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00.

Bechdel Returns to Oberlin to Talk “Fun Home”

Bechdel Returns to Oberlin to Talk “Fun Home”

October 7, 2016

Editor's note: This article contains mentions of suicide as well as spoilers for the graphic novel and musical Fun Home. Of all the brilliant lines from Fun Home, the stage musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, OC ’81, one in particular might resonate with Oberlin students. “It’s not the world, anyways,” proclaims a character modeled after a college-aged Bechdel. “It’s Oberlin College.” Bechdel, one of Oberlin’s most famous alumni, is lauded as a cartoonist,...

Oberlin College Archives Celebrates Half-Centennial Anniversary

Oberlin College Archives Celebrates Half-Centennial Anniversary

October 7, 2016

The Oberlin College Archives has been a resource for students, faculty, residents and the global research community since its establishment 50 years ago this week. To celebrate the anniversary, Archives staff members have put together an exhibit that will be on display in Mudd library until Oct. 21. The exhibit includes photographs, documents and other items connected to Oberlin College and Conservatory history, as well as to the lives of notable alumni such as Mary Church Terrell, OC 1884, a Bl...

Feature Photo: Bulgarika

Feature Photo: Bulgarika

September 30, 2016

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 Kodzhabashey (tambura) from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, delivering unique tempos and line dancing music.

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 gone unnoticed. German-born Jazz Pianist Monika Herzig and members of her ensemble visited Oberlin Monday for the Women in Jazz workshop, which addressed the pervasive gender disparity in the jazz community. Herzig seeks to highlight the achievements of past and present female musicians while encouraging female visibility in jazz. Herzig commenced her presentation by recounting stories of some notable women and trans musicia...

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

September 23, 2016

A giant fish paraded through the center of town, floated down the river and set on fire barely scratches the surface of the display at the second annual FireFish festival, which took place last Saturday. The city of Lorain’s downtown and boardwalk areas were transformed into thoroughfares of public art, with almost every storefront, alley and doorway becoming a display or performance space. The festival lasted from early afternoon until well after dark, ending despite the rain with the much-anti...

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