The Oberlin Review

Concerto competition winner and Conservatory senior San Jittakarn performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Oberlin Orchestra. The pianist powered through cadenzas with unparalleled virtuosity.

Jittakarn Delivers Polished Rhapsody in Blue

December 12, 2014

The Oberlin Orchestra does not recycle repertoire. In an effort to expose students to a broad array of music, Raphael Jiménez, director of the Oberlin Orchestras, has yet to program any piece more than once for either of the ensembles he directs. For the second time in his four-year tenure, however Jiménez stepped up to the podium Friday night to conduct the Oberlin Orchestra in a performance of George Gershwin’s crowd-pleasing Rhapsody in Blue in Finney Chapel. Not only has the orchestra played t...

A brass quintet performs Lutosławski’s “Mini Overture” in Warner Concert Hall. Associate Professor of Trumpet Roy Poper (left), Assistant Professor of Trombone Lee Allen, Visiting Professor of Tuba Denis Nulty, Professor of Horn Roland Pandolfi and Trumpet major and Conservatory senior Luke Spence played with precision and poise during this installment of the Faculty Chamber Series.

Faculty, Students Join Together to Perform Stirring Chamber Music

November 7, 2014

The Brass, Piano and Percussion departments combined forces this Sunday to present a quirky program of 20th-century music. This installment of the Faculty Chamber Series took place in Warner Concert Hall and included performances of music by Lutosławski, Gershwin and Bartók. The first piece on the program, Lutosławski’s “Mini Overture” for brass quintet proved to be an exciting gambit. The ensemble performed the piece’s complex rhythmic figurations admirably, with only the occasional...

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