The Oberlin Review

Patrons serve themselves at India Garden's buffet. The restaurant opened on April 21 and occupies Magpie Pizza's old space.

India Garden Latest of City’s New Eateries

April 29, 2016

Oberlin community members and College students alike have associated the large glass windows on the corner of East College and North Pleasant Streets with quality pizza for over five years. When Magpie Pizza closed its doors in the fall, many Oberlin residents were left wondering — what would supersede the pizza creed? Though they have yet to place a sign, the answer came in the form of India Garden, which opened its doors April 21. The Oberlin location is the third India Garden to open in Ohio,...

Ristow’s Conducting Reveals Subtleties in Choral Repertoire

Neil McCalmont, Staff Writer

December 11, 2015

Choral music holds a prominent position in Western music history. From your run-of-the-mill caroling groups and barbershop quartets to religious choirs, choirs have provided spaces for people to come together and sing. Last Sunday, both the Oberlin Musical Union and College Choir came together under the baton of director Gregory Ristow, OC ’01, to perform Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Both works were originally composed for chorus and orchestra, but the Stravinsky was arranged for chorus and two pianos and the Bernstein for chorus, harp, organ and percussion. These less imposing arrangements created a more personal atmosphere with more religious undertones than t...

Singer-songwriter Kyle James Hauser, who performed in Fairchild Chapel Thursday, Nov. 12.

On the Record with Kyle James Hauser, Singer-Songwriter

November 20, 2015

Kyle James Hauser is a singer-songwriter, banjoist and guitarist currently based in Louisville, KY. Hauser studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music and has performed at such notable events as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CMJ Festival in New York and the Toronto International Film Festival. Hauser’s recently-composed ballet, A Well Worn Path, follows up his two solo albums, 2012’s Oh Oh and 2014’s You a Thousand Times. Hauser visited Oberlin last Thursday to lead a songwriting workshop...

Roots Residency Brings Punch Brothers Back to Campus

Sam Rueckert, Staff Writer

October 9, 2015

In a Bibbins Hall classroom, Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny and singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan sat amid the muffled sounds of various instruments and voices echoing through the hallway. “[There’s] something very inspiring about being in the confines of a building like this [and] seeing everybody working with such focus on furthering themselves as artists and as people,” Pikelny said. “I have this real sense of jeal ousy that that wasn’t what my college experience was like.” Given that Pikelny completed his sixth visit to campus in the last three years with the band last week, it seems like he may be getting a taste of that experience anyway. Punch Brothers and O’Donovan began their residency...

Pianist Ran Jia, who studied at the prestigious International Piano Academy Lake Como, plays Schubert’s tension-filled Sonata in C Minor. She performed at Finney Chapel last Sunday along with two other Lake Como pianists, Alessandro Deljavan and Marcos Madrigal.

Oberlin-Como Partnership Starts on a High Note

October 2, 2015

This year marks the beginning of a new partnership between Oberlin Conservatory and the International Piano Academy Lake Como. William Naboré co-founded the program in 2002 to provide intensive training to some of the best young pianists from around the world. The new partner-ship establishes an exclusive U.S. hub for the Italy-based program and will allow two students, chosen from international applicants, to participate in a two-year artist diploma program. This past Sunday, three pianists from...

Soprano Delivers Heartfelt, Varied Performance

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

September 18, 2015

I’ve reviewed a fair number of concerts during my time at Oberlin, but not one has left me as inspired and touched as I was this past week. Soprano Anne Gross graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 1986; since then, she has traveled and performed around the world. Pianist Thomas Bandy, an opera and vocal coach at the Conservatory, joined Gross to give the most riveting and intimate recital in recent memory. The program was fairly standard; Gross sang five sets of four songs, each in a different language. Standard, however, did not mean unremarkable in this case. Gross began with a French set by Francis Poulenc. From the dramatic opening lines of the first song, Gross retained the audience’s unwavering attention,...

al National, a band from Niger, gives an exuberant performance at the ’Sco. The group played an eclectic set of songs influenced by jazz, rock and West African music

Multicultural Band Performs Theatrical Show

September 18, 2015

On Monday night at the ’Sco, Tal National transformed a shy audence that would barely tap its feet into an enthusiastic crowd dancing to the group’s energetic sound. The six-member band from Niger that became well-known through its television presence is now on tour in the U.S. for the first time. Throughout the night, the band showcased its culturally eclectic music. The guitarist explained that there are eight main ethnic groups in Niger, and most of those groups were represented in the...

Lu Delivers Masterful Chopin Performance

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

September 11, 2015

Since graduating from the Conservatory in 2006, pianist Tian Lu has traveled around the world honing her craft. This past week, she returned to Oberlin to perform a recital consisting entirely of works by the influential Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Lu received her undergraduate degree as well as Artist Diploma from the Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor of Piano Monique Duphil and her master’s degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Boris Slutsky and Leon Fleischer. Chopin’s works, all 230 of which include piano, contain some of the most technically demanding yet haunting beautiful music in the standard repertoire. Although trained in the style of...

Musical Union Director Jason Harris conducts a range of vocal talent in an uplifting concert. The Musical Union brought audience members to their feet at Finney Chapel last Sunday.

Oberlin Tradition Thrives in Musical Union Show

May 8, 2015

The Oberlin Musical Union, an impressive combination of College Choir members and Voice majors, as well as other community members and College vocalists, has been an Oberlin tradition for 178 years. Their Sunday Concert upheld high expectations set by the collective over the years. The choir jolted into George Frideric Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” with a strong burst of energy. Though the performers sang with only the organ as musical accompaniment, there was no apparent lack of gusto...

Sinfonietta Performs 20th-, 21st-Century Pieces

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

May 8, 2015

After a year of memorable performances, the Conservatory’s Sinfonietta ensemble concluded with an inspiring and varied program directed by Timothy Weiss this past week. The concert began with a piece titled “Planos” by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas which was scored for piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and bass. The piece began with strong chords and an energetic dotted rhythm motif on the piano. The piano’s moving lines contrasted sharply with the placid winds and walking bass line. Much of the piece worked within this contrast of precise rhythmic intensity above slower-moving, spacious soundscapes. As the music developed, different characters became more obvious:...

Age of Ultron’s Cliffhanger Ending Disappoints

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer

May 8, 2015

Avengers, Assemble! Or, you know, don’t. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine about Marvel’s most recent blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon explained his deliberate avoidance of one of the most iconic lines in comic book history at the close of the film: “I made sure that we never shot Chris Evans [Captain America] saying ‘Assemble!’” Whedon said. “I was positive that some executive was gonna go, ‘You forgot to put in the last word!’ I was like, ‘With my dying breath...’ I don’t have to say that a lot, but sometimes I’ll turn to [Marvel President] Kevin [Feige] and say, ‘With my dying breath... ” Just before blackout, Evans sizes up his teammates and cal...

Student, Faculty Bruch Concert Proves Emphatic

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

April 10, 2015

It’s not very often that Conservatory faculty members take the stage alongside their students, but when they do, it’s sure to be a memorable concert. This past Saturday, Associate Professor of Viola Michael Strauss and Associate Professor of Clarinet Richard Hawkins joined the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra. Alongside Bruch’s piece was Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major. The two masterpieces proved to be a thrilling combination. Bruch composed the Double Concerto in 1911, and it is one of his only compositions that holds a place in the classical canon. Often, the first movement of a concerto consists of a lengthy introduction...

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