The Oberlin Review

Professor Duo Bows Brahms, Shares Bows

Professor Duo Bows Brahms, Shares Bows

December 9, 2016

The Oberlin Orchestra will take the stage in Finney Chapel to perform its final concert of the semester tonight at 8 p.m. With a program featuring selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, as well as Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, which features Conservatory professors David Bowlin, OC ’00, and Amir Eldan, the concert is sure to impress. For director Rafael Jiménez, Prokofiev’s masterful suite from Romeo and Juliet holds significance beyond its exqu...

Contrast Between Beethoven, Brahms Highlighted in Orchestra, Choir Concert

Andrea Goltz

May 9, 2014

Brahms and Beethoven are not a natural duo on an orchestra program — Brahms accentuates quirkier chords than Beethoven does and is free with musical form and rhythm. Nonetheless, the concert presented by the Arts and Sciences Orchestra, the Oberlin College Choir and the Musical Union in Finney Chapel on May 4 united the two. The program took the audience on a trip through time, making stops in the Romantic era with Johannes Brahms’s Shicksalied (his “Song of Fate,” completed in 1871) and the late Classical period with Beethoven’s 1807 Mass in C Major. However, the combination was not totally disjointed: The pieces are tied together by their use of internal contrast. Sunday’s concert occasionally tripped ...

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