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Students perform Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro, which opened Wednesday night in Hall Auditorium.

“Figaro” Explores Gendered Power Dynamics With Comedic Flair

November 3, 2017

The operas presented by the Conservatory have long been a campus highlight, drawing students, faculty members, and community members to one knockout performance after another. This semester looks to be no different, as evidenced by Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, which opened Wednesday night in Hall Auditorium. However, in the wider world, questions continue to be raised about the sustainability of opera as an art form. On Thursday night, Resonanz Opera presented a pa...

Artist-in-Residence Nikita Makarenko.

On the Record with Nikita Makarenko

October 27, 2017

Artist-in-Residence Nikita Makarenko is a political journalist, theater producer, and musician from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is a producer at Ilkhom Theater, Uzbekistan’s first independent theater company. Makarenko gave a talk titled “Romantic Notions of the Revolution and Revolutionary Songs in Contemporary Post-Soviet Popular Music” at 4:30 p.m. today, and on Tuesday, he will give a talk about the recent paradigm shift in Uzbek politics at 4:30 p.m. This interview has been edited for length and ...

Visiting Assistant Professors Andrea Joki, Mimi Kato, Corrinne Teed, and Adjunct Instructor of Painting Donna Coleman present their artwork in The Visitors, a shared exhibit running until Nov. 10.

Visiting Faculty Showcase Works in New Baron Gallery Exhibition

October 27, 2017

As students cycle through college from their first year to graduation and faculty members arrive and depart, every semester at Oberlin becomes a unique, ephemeral moment on campus. But this semester’s new art exhibition, The Visitors, showcases continuity of Oberlin’s artists past and present through the the work of some current and former visiting faculty members in the Art department, bringing these artists’ works together while they are all here. The exhibit — which features works from ...

Conferencegoers attend the second day of panel presentations on race, art, and aesthetics last Saturday.

Conference Addresses Intersections of Race, Aesthetics

October 6, 2017

“Exploring Beauty and Truth in World of Color,” a conference which took place over last Friday and Saturday, highlighted new and groundbreaking work on the subject of race and aesthetics from Oberlin academics and scholars from many other institutions. The two-day conference, which had wide community appeal, explored essential conversations about the role of Blackness and Black aesthetics in diverse art forms. For Associate Professor of Africana Studies Charles Peterson, the driving organizin...

Lack of Gun Laws Fails U.S. Citizens

Julia Peterson, Arts & Culture Editor

October 6, 2017

When I was growing up in Montreal, Quebec, there was a shooting at the school that I would later attend. I mentioned it to some of my friends here in Oberlin last year, when the topic of gun violence had become urgently relevant yet again. When I told them the death toll, they were shocked that “only” one person had died. And how could they not be, when according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 93 Americans are killed with a gun every day in the U.S.? Since Sunday night, when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, NV, I’ve heard many American commentators and politicians say that now is not the right time to talk about gun control. It is a disingenuous argument that w...

Queer Romance, Intimate Staging Elevate “Circle Mirror Transformation”

Julia Peterson, Arts & Culture Editor

October 6, 2017

Circle Mirror Transformation, the first play in the 2017 — 2018 series of the Oberlin College Theater Lab Series, opened yesterday evening in Warner Main Space. The play tells a meta-theatrical narrative about five people in small-town Vermont who have come together for a community theater class. Over the six weeks that they are together, friendships are made, relationships form and fail, and the newfound classmates engage in some very silly acting games — telling stories where everybody can only add one word at a time, or “passing” words and motions around in a circle, changing them slightly every time. This exercise is where the name of Circle Mirror Transformation originates. “[The play] is so unique,” sai...

Ian Blanchard, co-founder of Maya Universe Academy in Nepal

On the Record with Ian Blanchard

October 6, 2017

Ian Blanchard is one of the founders of Maya Universe Academy in Nepal. He graduated from College of the Atlantic in 2008 and spent the next several years working as a mushroom farmer, traveling the United States, and learning about sustainable agriculture before deciding to open a school. Maya Universe Academy is a nonprofit organization that works alongside communities to provide free education to children in villages across Nepal. It currently runs three schools in different districts, where the childr...

The Punch Brothers perform in Finney Chapel last night. The sold-out concert was the culmination of their fall residency.

Punch Brothers Infuse Bluegrass with Classical, Jazz Influences

September 29, 2017

The Punch Brothers — a bluegrass band consisting of mandolinist Chris Thile; fiddler and violinist Gabe Witcher; banjo player Noam Pikelny; guitarist Chris Eldridge, OC ’04; and bassist Paul Kowert — returned to Oberlin this week for their fall residency, which culminated with a sold-out concert in Finney Chapel last night. Known for their genre-bending music that incorporates elements of classical and jazz in a bluegrass aesthetic, the Punch Brothers gave a variety of talks and performanc...

Organ Pump in Finney

Organ Pump in Finney

September 29, 2017

Students rush the stage at the first Organ Pump of the school year to feel the vibrations of the organ during the night’s final piece. Organ Pump traditionally involves a mix of great organ pieces and comedy performed in Finney Chapel at midnight once a month, and last Friday was no exception. Organ majors performed works by composers such as Jean Langlais, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Louis Vierne, and — along with some of their friends — sang the Review security report as an Anglican chant an...

President Carmen Twillie Ambar made her conducting debut last Friday night, leading the Oberlin Orchestra in Johann Strauss’ Radetzky March.

Jiménez, Ambar Conduct Opening Oberlin Orchestra Concert

September 22, 2017

To new listeners, orchestral music can seem foreboding, with complex elements and a long history. But last Friday night, the Oberlin Orchestra invited the community to “So may I introduce to you,” an informal, celebratory show to open the year of orchestral performances and demonstrate that orchestral music is for everyone, not just those in the know. An hour before the event’s posted start time, the plaza outside Finney Chapel was already packed with people who had come to enjoy complimen...

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