The Oberlin Review

Bibbins Hall, which holds the Conservatory's main classrooms, is currently closed to students following Oberlin's transition to a remote campus.

Conservatory Adjusts Curricular Requirements Following Transition to Remote Campus

April 12, 2020

Following Oberlin’s transition to a remote campus in the wake of the ongoing health crisis, the Conservatory has had to adapt their curriculum including private lessons, ensembles, and culminating recitals to an online platform. The Conservatory has adjusted some of their requirements and set flexible guidelines for students in order to accomodate for the variety of departmental and individual circumstances.  This semester, to account for extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19, the deadline...

Urinetown’s ensemble cast rehearsing for its opening night, which took place Thursday.

“Urinetown” Takes a Comedic Look at Dark Societal Issues

December 6, 2019

Described in the director’s note as “an eerily relevant takedown of Capitalism’s worst case scenario,” the Oberlin Theater Department’s production of Urinetown, a darkly satirical 2001 musical, is still uncomfortably applicable to our political and social climate today. The production deals with a variety of heavy themes, including the dangers of capitalism run amok, as well as racially-charged violence, climate change, and more.  Yet the show itself is anything but dreary — filled...

The Bang on a Can All-Stars treat their audience to a cohesive concoction of musical styles. The iconic collective returned to Finney Chapel last weekend for a lively performance.

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...

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