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Music Preview: Upcoming Oberlin Concerts

Adrian Rew

April 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

4/7 — Riot Grrrl Night — 10 p.m. at the ’Sco — Free A night celebrating the underground feminist punk movement of the ’90s features a reading by Oberlin graduate Sara Marcus, OC ’99, from her recently published book Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, performances by WAM! (Women and Art Music Ensemble) and Oberlin’s reunited Bikini Kill Cover Band. The night also showcases DJ sets by Chelsey Johnson, Sara Marcus and more. 4/10 — Jandek — 8 p.m. at the ’Sco — $3 w/ OCID, $7 w/o Jandek is the musical project of a legendary outsider musician from Houston, TX, who has released records of unconventional folk, blues and spoken word since 1978. Very little is known abou...

Lackluster Rappers Fail to Inspire

Angus Chen

March 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

If you walked into the ’Sco last Tuesday night, you would have seen College sophomore Brian Becker lifted shoulder-high by a group of hip-hoppers, cheering on the raised stage. The rappers unburdened with Becker’s weight stood to the side, pumping their fists in encouragement. Following this exhilarating moment, Becker dropped back to the ground and launched into a beat that proved less than remarkable, an anticlimax that set a precedent for an evening that primarily featured lackluster and monotonous performances. The Northern Ohio Hip-Hop Showcase, featuring a collective of rappers known as East of Cleveland, started slow, held up by the rappers posing for pictures and milling around the bar. As people slowly...

New Student Hip-Hop Collective Slams into Oberlin

New Student Hip-Hop Collective Slams into Oberlin

March 18, 2011

Oberlin’s hip-hop scene exploded onto the forefront of campus activity last Thursday, March 10, with a performance by the Wilder Hip Hop Collective. The group’s debut show at the ’Sco, titled “The First Episode,” kicked off the night with beats that shattered the ground and thumped through the crowd. For the next two and a half hours, the Collective spat out original lyrics and sets by Oberlin students to the delight of a wildly cheering crowd. MCs dropped rhyme after rhyme into a hungry...

Talented Cast Conquers Updated Mozart Opera La Clemenza di Tito

Meghan Farnsworth

March 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

Darkness surrounded Hall Auditorium as a head bopped into view in the middle of the orchestra pit. The head belonged to guest conductor Niels Muus, who established a commanding yet amiable persona from the very beginning of the overture. Right after the orchestra finished, the curtain lifted and luminescent, metallic Romanesque columns appeared before the audience’s eyes. So began the opening night performance of Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Written during the last year of his life between July and September 1791, Mozart finished La Clemenza on the eve of its initial performance. Accordingly, the opera is often criticized for its hastily compiled nature; however, duri...

Contemporary Music Ensemble Attracts New Fans

Sonia Wurzel, Staff Writer

March 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

One of the best things about coming to Oberlin as an Arts and Sciences student is the opportunity to take advantage of the Conservatory. Not only does the Conservatory give students the chance to take secondary lessons, it also provides the opportunity to hear genres of music that they might not have the chance to experience elsewhere. I had such an experience Friday night in Warner Concert Hall, where the Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Professor of Conducting Tim Weiss, performed three incredibly engaging pieces. The label “contemporary music” encompasses a diverse variety of music that can be applied to anything composed after 1945 that does not adhere to the classical ensemble tradition. The genre...

Grammy Winner Spalding Delivers Pristine Performance in Finney Chapel

Dan Stein

March 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

Last Wednesday, jazz singer/bassist and Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding treated Oberlin to a concert with her band, the Chamber Music Society, at Finney Chapel. The night was mostly comprised of songs from Spalding’s new album Chamber Music Society, an eclectic, classically-influenced record that serves as a dramatic departure from her funkier and more pop-oriented debut, Esperanza. During a pre-show Q&A with students at the Kohl Building, Spalding described Chamber Music Society as “different from what we were doing two years ago — I’m not egging the audience on to like it. The concert is really quiet, and the reaction is totally different ... it’s conceptual and sometimes people get i...

Firecracker MC Young Unique Sets Sparks in ‘Sco

Linus Ignatius

March 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

Last Friday, March 4, brought a much-anticipated act to the ’Sco: the young, firecracker emcee Dominique Young Unique. Spitting rhymes sharp as daggers in her baby-doll voice to a densely packed crowd, the Tampa Bay rapper practically transformed the space into a city nightclub, turning the Dionysus Disco into an orgiastic, bacchanalian celebration of our youth. The opening acts — Pepepiano and Teengirl Fantasy — eased the growing crowd into a sensual trance. The night began as Pepepiano hit the stage, filling up the ’Sco with kaleidoscopic, melty electronica, engineered for loosening up the joints. Soon after, Teengirl Fantasy took over, imbuing the swirling soundscape with a heavy backbeat and a summery...

Britney vs. J.Lo: Washed Up Divas Duel for Pop Spotlight

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music

Britney Ke$ha deserves her due for writing Britney’s amazing new single “Till The World Ends,” which leaked online last Wednesday. From the ethereal, uplifting bridge to the wordless, euphorically chanting chorus, the new Britney single is destined to be the summer anthem of 2011. That’s right, I used the words “euphoric” and “ethereal” in the same sentence to describe a pop song. That’s how good it is. One of the best things about Britney’s next album Femme Fatale is that even before its official release, it has already been incredibly surprising: No one saw it coming when Brit used dub-step for her first single, “Hold it Against Me.” Unlike Gaga, an artist who revels in her own unpredi...

New Music Venue Offers Fresh Vibe

Lizzie Conner

March 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

It’s difficult to explain the location of the newly established 3 Doors Studio — I usually settle on, “It’s that house near Beethoven’s with all the weird stuff on the porch. All the colorful art, y’know?” Primarily a studio space for several local artists who split rent, the house has also hosted a handful of donation-based, acoustic shows since it opened a few months ago. Although no one on campus seems to have discovered this gem yet, it may be exactly what the Oberlin music scene needs, and I was excited to play there again. On the last Sunday in February, a crowd of about 40 people — half of whom were students — and one jumpy puppy showed up at 121 South Main to find a furniture-less living...

Pianist Bronfman Shows Flair for Understatement

Pianist Bronfman Shows Flair for Understatement

March 11, 2011

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 and clarity shines through his extensive classical piano repertoire. He has received praise from audiences worldwide, a reputation that has earned him a 1997 Grammy for his interpretation of Bartok’s...

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 for this year’s Best Original Score award, music also plays an essential role in Oscar-nominated movies. Historically, music has always served as an intrinsic element of film. During the silent film era, pianists would play live music alongside film reels, imbuing the film with nuance, tension and emotion. While films no longer require live accompanists, a good score can still make or break a movie, enhancing the dialogue...

Boreyko Stirs Fire in Cleveland Orchestra

Boreyko Stirs Fire in Cleveland Orchestra

March 4, 2011

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 Boreyko, who led a program featuring Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento: Suite from “The Fairy’s Kiss,” Peteris Vasks’s English Horn Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major. ...

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