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The Oberlin Review

Birenbaum Performance Space Opens in Hotel

Birenbaum Performance Space Opens in Hotel

February 10, 2017

Dozens of students, faculty and community members descended upon the new Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center to attend the Jan. 23 inaugural concert in the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, the experimental new venue on campus. The intimate, modern space occupies a subterranean room filled with sleek, geometric tables and chairs, a bar, a stage and a Steinway piano, where students in the Winter Term Chamber Music Intensive gave their showcase performance. The showcase, comprised of performa...

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...

Oberlin’s Early Music Ensemble Revels in Tradition

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer

December 2, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Music

Oberlin’s Collegium Musicum has a history of bringing medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music to the Oberlin community and has developed an impressive following. The group will perform its holiday concert tonight and tomorrow night in Fairchild Chapel at 8 p.m., featuring tradition liturgical works from the Christmas and Advent season and a 20th century musical take on a 16th century text. Early music performance has undergone a great deal of turbulence and change over the last 60 years, and Oberlin has been at the forefront of its evolution since its resurgence. Groups dedicated to early music performance developed around the world during the counterculture revival of Renaissance music in the ’50s. In Europe,...

String Quartet Engages Unlikely Audiences

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer

November 11, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Music

The members of the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, known for consistently pioneering the definition of contemporary music, will perform a program of Franz Joseph Haydn, John Adams and Beethoven at 8 p.m. tonight in Finney Chapel. Currently in residence at Stanford University, the SLSQ was established in Toronto in 1989, and since its formation has gained a reputation as a champion for new music and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. The quartet’s commitment to new music is a direct result of its long-standing collaboration with world-renowned composer John Adams. The composer has written three pieces for the quartet so far, one of which they will perform at Oberlin this week. The quartet will perform Adams’s sec...

Residency Program Adds New Focus on Songwriting

Residency Program Adds New Focus on Songwriting

November 4, 2016

Aoife O’Donovan arrived in Oberlin this week to lead a Conservatory songwriting masterclass Monday as part of the American Roots residency program, wrapping up her stay with a show at the Cat in the Cream Tuesday. Songwriting is a relatively recent addition to the masterclass program. However, as Dean of the Conservatory of Music Andrea Kalyn was eager to point out, the program represents a rich integration of media integral to the field of music. “Songwriting has a long and vibrant traditio...

Zukerman Trio Returns to Oberlin

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer

September 30, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Music

For 138 years, the Oberlin Artists Recital Series has brought top artists to the Oberlin community. Tonight, in the Series’ next installment, the Zukerman Trio — comprised of world famous violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman, his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng — will perform a program of piano trios and string duets at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel. Since its conception in 2011, the trio has garnered critical acclaim all over the world, performing in Japan, China, Australia, South Africa, Russia and throughout the United States and Europe. Its appearance at Oberlin comes in the midst of another busy performance season. A piano professor in the Conservatory, Cheng met Zuckerman in Ottawa i...

On the Record with Jennifer Torrence

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer

September 23, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Percussionist Jennifer Torrence, OC ’09, is a solo and collaborative performer based in Oslo, Norway, where she is a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Torrence specializes in contemporary percussion writing and performance, and her recent projects include writing evening-length solo productions and other percussion pieces with artists such as François Sarhan, Peter Swendsen, Trond Reinholdtsen, Woljtek Blecharz, Johan Jutterström, Carolyn Chen and Anna Mikhailova. She plays with the AJO ensemble and NorthArc Percussion in Norway and is the former principal percussionist of the Artic Philharmonic. She has worked with music legends such as Pierre Boulez and Jonathan Harvey and has premiered Unsuk ...

On the Record with Sullivan Fortner

On the Record with Sullivan Fortner

September 16, 2016

Jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner Jr., OC ’08, returned to Oberlin this week to perform a concert with his trio Monday night and give a master class to conservatory students Tuesday afternoon. Fortner began studying music at the age of 4 and started performing in churches across his hometown of New Orleans. By age 11, he had won the Cox Cable “Amazing Kids Award.” He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and graduated valedictorian of his high school class. After completing his undergraduat...

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