The Oberlin Review

Dr. Shelley Perlove, author and Professor Emerita of the History of Art.

Shelley Perlove, Professor Emerita of Art History

March 9, 2018

Dr. Shelley Perlove is a Professor Emerita of the History of Art at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her work has focused on 17th-century Italian and Dutch art — particularly on its incorporation of religious and material culture. She has published a number of scholarly works, including Bernini and the Idealization of Death and Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, which won the Brown-Weill Newberry Library Award and the 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize sponsored by the...

Concert Packs Stull, Affirms Baroque Music’s Contemporary Relevance

Neil McCalmont

November 20, 2015

Spanning well over a century, the beginning of the Baroque era saw the creation of tonality and eventually culminated in the musical masterpieces of composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. In more recent years, it has provided much of the inspiration behind the ever-growing historical performance movement in music. Unfortunately, some have taken Baroque music in today’s world solely as an inspiration for new compositions or as an art to be studied, rather than reveling in its musical splendor. However, the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra’s performance last Friday confirmed that there is still an endless amount of enjoyment to be found in the genre. Director Scott Metcalfe conducted the ensemble...

Baroque Concerts to Aim for Authenticity with Historical Instruments

Aviva Blonder

September 12, 2014

The Conservatory will be taking audiences back in time this Saturday with two faculty recitals that feature two instruments actually produced in Beethoven’s own period. In Kulas Recital Hall at 4:30 p.m., Marilyn McDonald, professor of Violin and professor of Baroque Violin, and David Breitman, professor of Piano, will be recreating Beethoven’s sonatas as concertgoers would have heard them at the time of composition. A second concert begins at 8 p.m. in Fairchild Chapel, where Webb Wiggins, professor of Harpsichord, will perform works composed by a range of German composers from the 1600s to 1700s on organ and harpsichord. This weekend, the instruments themselves will be featured just as much as the performers....

Cleveland’s Baroque Ensemble Hits the Stage

Nicole Gutman, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

Baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire performed in Finney Chapel this past Sunday. Apollo’s Fire includes 13 Oberlin alumni and faculty, including the group’s conductor, Jeannette Sorrell, OC ’90.  The orchestra, which originates from Cleveland and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, uses 17th century-style instruments and performs music from the Baroque period. That night, Apollo’s Fire’s guest was Amanda Forsythe, soprano. During its concert, Apollo’s Fire performed pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn. Throughout the concert, the orchestra highlighted the relationship between the two composers, who were close friends and colleagues. Haydn was one of Mozart’s...

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