The Oberlin Review

Conservatory Opens New Performance Space

Oliver Bok

October 11, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Music, NEWS

The David H. Stull Recital Hall, a new performance space located on the third floor of Bibbins Hall, continues to spark discussion on the how the allocation [more like the allocators] of Oberlin’s budget has a reputation for disregarding student needs. The performance space, which opened its doors to students and faculty on Oct. 1, will function as an additional site for performances and educational opportunities within the Conservatory. “We combined two classrooms to turn it into a hall that’s very different from any other hall we’ve got,” said Andrea Kalyn, the acting dean of the Conservatory. “It’s not as big as Kulas [Hall] … this is a really flexible space. We can do classes in there, performances,...

Fulkerson Captivates Audience with Delius’ Violin Concerto

Gabriel Kanengiser

September 27, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

From the very first moments of the Oberlin Orchestra’s first concert of the new school year until its final close, clarity emanated from the orchestra and the audience was treated to a delightful and enthusiastic performance. Raphael Jiménez, the conductor, presented a program last Saturday night at Finney Chapel which consisted of Frederick Delius’ Violin Concerto (1916), featuring the world-renown violinist and Oberlin professor, Gregory Fulkerson, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor. Fulkerson captivated the room with Delius’ Violin Concerto, in fact at points, the eminent violinist commanded so much attention that the orchestra and Jimenez appeared to be nothing more than the backdrop...

Trio Globo, Students Unite for Memorable Performance

Matthew Sprung

September 27, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

It’s not every day that Conservatory students get to perform with Grammy award-winners. However, last Saturday was one of those special days. The Performance and Improvisation Ensemble class played alongside the internationally acclaimed jazz band Trio Globo for the first half of their show at the Cat in the Cream. Commonly known as PI Ensembles, the student musicians were prepared for this performance by their coaches, Professor of Advanced Improvisation and Percussion Jamey Haddad and Associate Professor of Jazz Arranging Jay Ashby. Distinctions between students and international artists broke down into a ever-shifting synthesis of a variety of genres. In one song, Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen smiled and...

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...

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