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Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Fabian Almazan played a show Thursday night at the Cat in the Cream with his band, Rhizome.

On the Record with Fabian Almazan

September 22, 2017

Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Fabian Almazan performed at the Cat in the Cream Thursday night with his band Rhizome, featuring Camila Meza on voice and guitar, Linda May Han Oh on bass, and Henry Cole on drums. Almazan, originally from Cuba and currently based in New York City, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and was voted “#1 Rising Piano Star” by the Downbeat Magazine critics’ poll in 2014. Almazan has also composed several film scores for ...

Oberlin Conservatory students and faculty members joined musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Credo Music to play a benefit concert in Cleveland’s Severance Hall to raise funds for hurricane relief.

Concert Exemplifies Collaboration in Face of Disaster

September 15, 2017

In the wake of the two major hurricanes that have impacted the mainland United States over the past few weeks, communities across the nation have rallied to provide support to those affected. Friday night, students from Oberlin Conservatory joined with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Credo Music to put on a benefit concert to raise money to support the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Texas and Florida. The concert — titled “Help After Harvey,” though the fu...

On Tuesday night, award-winning Czech organist and professor of music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague Jaroslav Tuma performed a benefit recital for Peace Church. Tuma records music for Czech radio and television, and has over 20 solo recordings.

Czech Organist Plays Benefit

September 15, 2017

On the Record with Andria Derstine, AMAM Director

September 8, 2017

Andria Derstine is the John G. W. Cowles Director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which celebrates its centennial season this year. Derstine, a graduate of Harvard University and the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, is leading the museum into its next 100 years, beginning with centennial programming that highlights the contributions that individuals have made to the museum since its founding. Prior to her directorship, Derstine was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Assistant Curator in the D...

The Allen Memorial Art Museum hosted the opening “First Thursday” event of the academic year yesterday. This month’s event offered an evening of Chinese classical music performed on the guzheng by Ohio Heritage Fellow Weichih Rosa Lee. The performance complements the exhibition of Chinese paintings currently on view at the museum. “We haven’t had classical Chinese music at the AMAM in a long time, so this is a special treat,” Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art Kevin Greenwood wrote in an email to the Review.

First Thursday

September 8, 2017

Liz Schultz (left), executive director of the Oberlin Heritage Center, and Guillermo Arriaga, president and director of the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures of Lorain, have collaboratively curated an exhibition on Hispanic and Latino culture. that will be open to the public in Monroe House through September.

On the Record with Guillermo Arriaga and Liz Schultz

September 1, 2017

Guillermo Arriaga is the President and Curator of the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures of Lorain, the only Hispanic and Latino museum in Ohio. Currently a traveling museum, the MHLC preserves artifacts and hosts exhibits in communities throughout the state. Liz Schultz is the Executive Director of the Oberlin Heritage Center. Founded in 1903, the OHC preserves and shares Oberlin’s unique heritage with the community. Throughout September, the OHC and the MHLC will host a collaborative ex...

College seniors (left to right) Abe Post-Hyatt, Kyle Tribble and Gabe Simon perform at Illusion, Solarity’s fall event that took place in Hales Gymnasium. The organization’s spring event, Atlantis, will be held tonight in the Heisman Club Field House.

Solarity’s “Atlantis” Returns to All-Student Roots

May 5, 2017

Solarity has thrown the largest student-run event on campus every semester and will be back tonight in the Heisman Club Field House. This semester’s Atlantis theme will offer a ship-furnished, aquatic feel, and organizers have brought the event back to its student-centered roots with an impressive string of student DJs as well as student music, dance and aerial performances. This semester’s event follows the decision to bring in big-name DJ and musician Metro Boomin for fall’s event, Illus...

Poet, editor, and assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University Caryl Pagel reads to an audience in Wilder Hall. Pagel came to Oberlin Wednesday to give a poetry reading in which she debuted several new works.

Second-Person Prevails in Pagel’s Occult, Political Poetry

May 5, 2017

There is something haunting about Caryl Pagel’s poetry — and it’s not just the gravestones that frequently appear in her work. Pagel’s writing is heavily steeped in the occult and references to Gothic literature, which she weaves into poetry that is both lyrical and feminist. In addition to having authored two collections of poetry, 2014’s Twice Told and 2012’s Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, Pagel is also the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press, a poetry editor at j...

Student actors staged a dramatic reading of The Enchanted, a work in progress by John Kander, OC ’51, and Greg Pierce, OC ’00.

Oberlin Alums Pen Enchanting New Musical

April 28, 2017

A staged reading of The Enchanted, a new musical comedy in progress by John Kander, OC ’51 — who previously wrote music for Cabaret and Chicago — and prolific playwright and fiction writer Greg Pierce, OC ’00, was performed by a cast of student actors last weekend in the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, marking the first theatrical production in the venue. The musical, based on a French play of the same name by Jean Giraudoux, is set in the provincial French town of Aubergine wh...

The cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf performs a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening. The production
opened yesterday at 7:30 p.m.

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

April 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This article contains references to topics including suicide and sexual assault. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, which opened yesterday night in Hall Auditorium, is an evocative production spotlighting the experiences of Black women and femmes in the U.S. The piece is comprised of poetic monologues brought to life and woven together through dance and music. The different modes of performance in the piece make it difficult...

Students from ASA perform in Colors of Rhythm last Thursday, an annual showcase of artists and performers of color on campus
organized by the Multicultural Resource Center.

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

April 7, 2017

Student artists of color took the stage in Finney Chapel for the 21st annual Colors of Rhythm showcase last Thursday night, showcasing languages, instruments and dance traditions underrepresented in Oberlin classes and campus life. This year, the event featured spoken word performers, singers, OCTaiko, the Filipinx American Students’ Association Band, a dance group from the African Students Association, Descendants of the Dragon, Movimiento and a variety of other groups. One band performed in T...

Drag Ball Goes to Hell and Back with New Theme, RuPaul Performances

Julia Peterson, Production editor

March 31, 2017

Drag Ball has been one of Oberlin’s most iconic annual events since the 1980s. A celebration of the queer community and drag performance and culture, Drag Ball will take over the basement of Wilder Hall — encompassing the ’Sco, the Rathskellar and DeCafé — on April 22. This year, Drag Ball will feature a lineup of nationally recognized musicians and drag performers, along with local talent. Latrice Royale, of RuPaul’s Drag Race season four and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, will be performing. Rapper and drag queen Big Momma will be performing, as will M. Lamar, who, according to College senior and Drag Ball organizing committee Head Em Westheimer, is a “radical queer Black afrofuturist neo-goth singer, pia...

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