The Oberlin Review

Alumni Compositions Featured in First Sinfonietta Concert

Gabriel Kanengiser

September 27, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

The Oberlin Sinfonietta, conduct- ed by Timothy Weiss, gave its first performance of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 24, presenting a contemporary program with works by Stephen Hartke, Steven Stucky, Pierre Jalbert, OC ’89, and Richard Danielpour, OC ’78. The concert program painted a comforting dreamscape. Each work on the program was distinguished by its unique sonic qualities, yet together they inhabited a world that could only be accessed through these specific works. The first piece of the evening, Gradus, was composed in 1999 and was as comforting as it was ominous. The arrangement for bass clarinet, violin, cello, bass, vibraphone and piano created a rich and dense sound. While the thickness  of the deep tones...

Conservatory’s Sky Bar Gets Facelift with New Menu

Ben Reid

September 13, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Over the summer, the Lily McGregor Sky Bar — part of the newly constructed Bertram and Judith Kohl Building — experienced some welcome changes that, according to the new Assistant Dean of Technology and Facilities Michael Straus, are causing a “considerable amount of excitement” in the Conservatory. Since it opened its doors in 2010, the Sky Bar has been a work in progress. “It hasn’t been fully realized,” Straus said. “But I think this is the first step along the way of making it a favorable destination for students ... [and] a quick stop for faculty members.” According to Straus, the administration hopes to attract all Oberlin students, regardless of a College or Conservatory affiliation,...

Orientation Recital Introduces Class of 2017 to Oberlin’s Musical Tradition

Nicole Gutman

September 6, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

On the first day of orientation on Aug. 27, the Conservatory presented a recital to introduce first-years and their parents to Oberlin’s musical tradition. Before the concert started, Acting Dean of the Conservatory Andrea Kalyn introduced the recital’s performers, and she explained how the student performers are enrolled in the same institution as the new Conservatory students in the audience. All the performers were rising juniors and seniors, meaning that just a few years ago, they too were sweating in Finney Chapel listening to this same concert. The first piece was Variétude Op. 28 by Einojuhani Rautavaara, a violin solo played by Conservatory junior Yuri Popowycz. It was an energetic piece with mostly angry ...

Live Stream Webcasts Expand Audience for Conservatory Performances

Anne Buckwalter

September 6, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

Never fear if your greatest study abroad opportunity falls during the same semester as a recital you’d love to see, or if your family cannot travel to see you in an important performance. It is now possible to watch many Oberlin performances from anywhere with an internet connection. Last year, five of the main performance spaces on campus were outfitted with webcast capabilities. Many concerts in Finney Chapel, Kulas Recital Hall, Warner Concert Hall, Clonick Hall and Fairchild Chapel can now be viewed online. According to Paul Eachus and Ryan Miller, director and assistant directors of Conservatory audio services, cameras other video equipment has been added over the past five years in order to facilitate streaming....

Oberlin Should Continue Undivided

Booker Peek

April 5, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

The ceremony in Finney Chapel just a month ago was about as stirring as could be. The program was perhaps occasioned by more than a month-long series of racist, homophobic, anti- Semitic, cowardly acts, etc., that became even more inflamed by the reported sighting of someone well after midnight in KKK regalia. That any of this may have happened at any college in America in the 21st century with our first black president would be unfortunate; that some or all of these incidents occurred at Oberlin College is certainly ironic, all the more because of how liberal and welcoming the city is, with its countless special and loving citizens. There are at least twenty or more colleges — Harvard, Yale and Stanford, for example...

Decatur and Stull Leave Administration

Rosemary Boeglin and Julia Herbst

April 5, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

In late March, the College announced that both Sean Decatur, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and David H. Stull, dean of the Conservatory of Music, will leave Oberlin to accept posts as president of Kenyon College and president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively. Joyce Babyak, current associate dean of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of Religion, will serve as interim Dean of Arts and Sciences while the national-level search for a new dean is underway. Current Associate Dean of the Conservatory Andrea Kalyn will act as an interim dean of the Conservatory. College President Marvin Krislov said that while the search for new deans is in its infancy, the search committee members...

Philip Cashian Visits, CME Performs His Compositions

Nicole Gutman, Staff Writer

March 15, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

From March 4–8, the Oberlin Conservatory was graced with the presence of guest composer Philip Cashian, chair of the composition department at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has studied at Cardiff University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Also a Benjamin Britten fellow at Tanglewood, Cashian gave a presentation of his work, two master classes and an information session about studying at the Royal Academy. His visit ended with a performance of two of his pieces by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. On March 5, Cashian gave a presentation of his work to the combined composition studio classes. He showed two pieces: Chamber Concerto, originally commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music...

Opera Laughs at Itself in Too Many Sopranos

Logan Buckley

February 8, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

Too Many Sopranos is a playful, comedic romp skewering classic tropes of opera. The show, directed by Sally Stunkel and musically directed by Daniel Michalak, focuses on the four eponymous sopranos: the melodramatic Dame Doleful (double-degree fifth-year Nikki Levesque), the catty Miss Titmouse (Conservatory junior Emily Peragine), the spear-wielding Wagnerian Madame Pompous (Conservatory first-year Elissa Pfaender) and naïve Just Jeanette (Conservatory junior Danielle Cheiken). The sopranos have died and must rescue male singers from hell in order to secure spots for themselves in the heavenly choir — there are simply too many sopranos as it is. In hell, the sopranos find rakish tenors, romantically frustrated basses...

Denk, Isserlis Explore Remembrance in Artist Recital

Daniel Hautzinger, Staff

February 8, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

Memory is an imperfect phenomenon, distorting events so that insignificant details are highlighted and hours are compressed into a single image. That mutability is famously explored by Marcel Proust in his landmark novel Remembrance of Things Past, and served as a unifying theme for the performance of pianist Jeremy Denk, OC ’90, and cellist Steven Isserlis, OC ’80, on Tuesday, the first installment of this semester’s Artist Recital Series. The theme of mutable memory emerged in the program. Denk and Isserlis presented a nostalgic concert of French chamber works from La Belle Époque, when, at the turn of the 19th century, Parisian salons showcased a flourishing arts scene. Proust matured in those salons and...

Fundraiser to Help Oberlin Community Services

Sophia Fast

December 14, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

The Oberlin Pottery Co-op is making over 500 mugs for the fourth annual Empty Mugs fundraiser this Monday, Dec. 17. Conservatory students will perform an hour-long brass and organ concert consisting of holiday songs before ending the concert with a sing-a-long. “This event is a really great stress-free environment to put on a concert,” said Caitlin Featherstone, a Conservatory senior who will be performing at the fundraiser. “ It’s just so much fun, especially the sing-along at the end.” Immediately following the music, the Oberlin Pottery Co-op sells handcrafted mugs for $10 each. Local businesses provide a free beverage with each purchased mug. Last year, Agave provided hot chocolate, Slow Train...

Oberlin Orchestra Renews Interest in Classical Music

Gabriel Kanengiser

September 28, 2012

Filed under ARTS, Music

A few years ago, I was listening to Los Angeles’s local classical music radio station, KUSC, with my grandfather and my brother on our way to lunch. After Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, followed by Mahler’s First Symphony, my grandfather began to ask us if we listened to any “new classical” music. At the time, I didn’t. My grandfather said that he was very confused about the status of classical music communicated by the radio station. There simply wasn’t enough diversity, and he made an interesting point: Why did the DJs play only the canonical composers? You know, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, etc. That is not to say that listeners do not like these composers; their genius...

Percussion Group Showcases Diverse Range of Rich Harmonies

Katherine Hamilton

April 27, 2012

Filed under ARTS, Music

Successfully compelling the audience to rethink and reimagine the capabilities of percussion, the Oberlin Percussion Group showcased its diversity, range and musicality at Tuesday night’s concert in Warner Concert Hall. The group, composed of 16 Conservatory percussion majors, is conducted and directed by Director of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion and Professor of Percussion Michael Rosen. The first piece, “Second Construction,” is a composition for four players by the avant-garde, essential American percussion composer John Cage. The piece was played by double-degree sophomore Ben Rempel, Conservatory sophomores Daniel King and Brandon Hall, Conservatory junior Sean Dowgray and Conservatory senior Jake...

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