The Oberlin Review

Fairchild Chapel Welcomes Cellist, Composer, Teacher Tomeka Reid

Chloe Falkenheim

April 20, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Music

Tomeka Reid is a Chicago-based jazz cellist whose improvisatory style sits between — and beyond — jazz and classical music. With her debut album Tomeka Reid Quartet available from Thirsty Ear Recordings, she displays her trademark penchant for novelly introducing the cello into musical spaces where the instrument is not typically featured. The quartet, featuring Reid on cello, Jason Roebke on bass, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, will take the stage in Fairchild Chapel at 8 p.m. tonight. The Foster/Bennett Duo, a saxophone and percussion duo from New York, will open the show. “Everyone in that group is just such a sick musician, improvisor, and composer,” College senior Danilo Powell-Lima, an ...

Punch Brothers Infuse Bluegrass with Classical, Jazz Influences

Punch Brothers Infuse Bluegrass with Classical, Jazz Influences

September 29, 2017

The Punch Brothers — a bluegrass band consisting of mandolinist Chris Thile; fiddler and violinist Gabe Witcher; banjo player Noam Pikelny; guitarist Chris Eldridge, OC ’04; and bassist Paul Kowert — returned to Oberlin this week for their fall residency, which culminated with a sold-out concert in Finney Chapel last night. Known for their genre-bending music that incorporates elements of classical and jazz in a bluegrass aesthetic, the Punch Brothers gave a variety of talks and performanc...

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

April 22, 2016

In a quintessentially Classical concert, The Cleveland Orchestra visited Finney Chapel Sunday with two enlightening hours of Haydn and Mozart, played to a nearly full house. Despite several imperfections and a tiring selection of typically Classical pieces, the event was ultimately worth the price of admission. The Classical era of European music was dominated by the styles and structures of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven. These composers relied on simple harmonies, reserved dynamics, elegant...

Duphil, Oberlin Orchestra Pack Finney Chapel

Duphil, Oberlin Orchestra Pack Finney Chapel

March 4, 2016

t is unquestionable that Oberlin’s conservatory of music is exceptional. However, it is still thrilling to be able to experience it in person. On Saturday night, the Finney Chapel stage was packed with the Conservatory students of the Oberlin Orchestra ready to play in their first spring concert of the semester. This performance was conducted by Director of Conducting and Ensembles Raphael Jiménez and featured Rachmaninoff ’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor as well as Oberlin Professor of Composition...

Acoustics Meet Art in the Allen

Jake Frankenfield

December 4, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music, Visual Art

Wandering among fine art and listening to Oberlin’s classical guitarists, visitors at the Allen Memorial Art Museum enjoyed a space where visual and sonic art converged Thursday evening. The museum was transformed from gallery to concert hall as two of its more expansive spaces — dedicated to mid 20th-century American Art and European Art from before 1825 — had rows of seats placed in the middle of them. The guitarists were seated in between two sculptures in either room; they were clearly the focal point of the event. The guitarists — double-degree junior Rebecca Klein, Conservatory first-year Collin Sterne, Conservatory senior Stephen Fazio, double-degree sophomore Mohit Dubey, Conservatory sophomore Brian...

Takács’ Reading of Beethoven a Triumph

Takács’ Reading of Beethoven a Triumph

November 13, 2015

Some people are born to do something specific. Some might claim that Arthur Rubinstein was born to play Frédéric Chopin, or that Leonard Bernstein was born to conduct Gustav Mahler. It is an incredible experience to listen to artists who have developed such a deep relationship with a particular composer. An instance of this occurred on Sunday night in Warner Concert Hall, when the audience had the honor of hearing Ludwig van Beethoven’s 17th and 21st piano sonatas and Andante in F major (“Andante...

Feature Photo: Oberlin Mozart Players

Feature Photo: Oberlin Mozart Players

November 6, 2015

Principal Conductor and Conservatory junior John Paul Jennings leads the Oberlin Mozart Players Sunday in Warner Concert Hall. Audience members warmly received the program, which included Mozart’s Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major. The Mozart is drawn from Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), an opera widely seen as a masterpiece of the genre, while the Wagner, directed by guest conductor and Conservatory senior Justin...

Sinfonietta Performs 20th-, 21st-Century Pieces

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

May 8, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music

After a year of memorable performances, the Conservatory’s Sinfonietta ensemble concluded with an inspiring and varied program directed by Timothy Weiss this past week. The concert began with a piece titled “Planos” by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas which was scored for piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and bass. The piece began with strong chords and an energetic dotted rhythm motif on the piano. The piano’s moving lines contrasted sharply with the placid winds and walking bass line. Much of the piece worked within this contrast of precise rhythmic intensity above slower-moving, spacious soundscapes. As the music developed, different characters became more obvious:...

On the Record with Claire Chase, MacArthur Fellow

On the Record with Claire Chase, MacArthur Fellow

April 10, 2015

Claire Chase, OC ’01, is a world-renowned contemporary flautist. The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal have described her as “the young star of the modern flute” and “a rare combination of grace and guts”, respectively. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a cofounder of the International Contemporary Ensemble, a nonprofit collective dedicated to “reshaping the way music is created and experienced”. On Thursday, Chase was part of a panel titled “The Arts, Entrepreneurship and Higher Education...

Composition Majors Present Cumulative Work

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

April 3, 2015

Filed under Uncategorized

Musicians often fill Warner Concert Hall with classical and romantic masterpieces. Occasionally, the Contemporary Music Ensemble will offer some variety, but very rarely is Warner home to a concert of completely original and truly contemporary works. This past Wednesday, members of the Oberlin community were treated to a welcome change of pace: the second of three year-end concerts featuring newly composed pieces by Conservatory Composition majors. While the performances adhered to very traditional instrumentation, the music that was presented was far from normal.   First on the program was a piece for solo piano titled Bear. The piece, written by Conservatory first-year Gabriel Hawes and performed by doubl...

New Music Ensemble ‘Adds Echoes’ to Finney Chapel

New Music Ensemble ‘Adds Echoes’ to Finney Chapel

March 6, 2015

One by one, the members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars added their voices to the sonic texture of Julia Wolfe’s “Believing,” their wordless humming contrasting sublimely with aggressively rhythmic instrumentals. Each voice was unique in timbre and register, but as the ensemble’s sound engineer Jamie McElhinney adjusted the balances between microphones, the All-Stars’ voices blended together in an unearthly harmony that was both unsettling and profoundly beautiful. “Believing,” the second...

Still, Shannon Present Contemporary Venezuelan Duets

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Beatboxing while playing the flute has become a fairly common technique among flautists today. To sing while performing, however, is significantly less conventional. During a concert of 20th and 21st century music for flute and piano, Associate Professor of Flute Alexa Still used her voice to fill out the mellow timbre of her instrument’s lower register in two of the works on the idiosyncratic program. Accompanied by Professor of Piano Robert Shannon, OC ’72, Still performed a recital on Tuesday evening in Stull Recital Hall that featured the works of Venezuelan-born composer and conductor Efraín Amaya. Before beginning her performance, Still said that Amaya possesses a vast collection of flutes from around the...

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