The Oberlin Review

Feature Photo: Oberlin Mozart Players

Feature Photo: Oberlin Mozart Players

November 6, 2015

Principal Conductor and Conservatory junior John Paul Jennings leads the Oberlin Mozart Players Sunday in Warner Concert Hall. Audience members warmly received the program, which included Mozart’s Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major. The Mozart is drawn from Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), an opera widely seen as a masterpiece of the genre, while the Wagner, directed by guest conductor and Conservatory senior Justin...

Composers Debut Thought-Provoking Pieces

Composers Debut Thought-Provoking Pieces

October 30, 2015

A small group of interested students filed into Warner Concert Hall and gathered up front in anticipation for the Student Composers Concert this past Wednesday. During the concert, Conservatory students showcased original works that ranged from vivid theatrical accompaniments to postmodern, entirely electronic noise sequences. Each musician displayed great conviction in their performance. It was a concert that signified the approaching conclusion of the formative stages in these musicians’ careers...

CME Performs Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings

CME Performs Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings

March 13, 2015

Shouts of “bravo” rang through Warner Concert Hall this past Friday as Conservatory senior and bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward played the final punctuating notes of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings. The concerto was programmed alongside the remarkably beautiful Snow Requiem by Aaron Helgeson, OC ’05, and Jonathan Harvey’s Wheel of Emptiness. Tim Weiss and the Contemporary Music Ensemble gave one of the most inspiring and stunning concerts of the year. The bassoon is a not ...

Intricate Pieces No Problem for Sinfonietta

Clara Shannon

May 9, 2014

While most students spent Friday night dancing in Wilder Bowl, several of Oberlin’s most talented musicians revived classical music. Oberlin Sinfonietta, under the acclaimed baton of Professor of Conducting Timothy Weiss, closed its season in Warner Concert Hall with a successful performance of pieces by John Adams, Charles Ives and Richard Strauss, alongside guest soloist and Associate Professor of Singing Timothy LeFebvre. Nationally acclaimed baritone LeFebvre has had a successful career, appearing in concert with established symphonies such as the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and many more. He has also appeared in concert at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. Prior...

Cellist Zuill Bailey Grips Warner Concertgoers with Diverse Selections

Nora Kipnis, Arts Editor

February 7, 2014

When Zuill Bailey was 17, he liked to hang around the Kennedy Center and look at the expensive watches in a jewelry store next door, where one watch in particular caught his eye. A man came up to him and told him, “You’re a musician, you’ll never be able to afford that watch,” but after puncturing Bailey’s fragile adolescent ego, the man offered him a deal. “If you can play Flight of the Bumblebee on that cello, I’ll buy you that watch.” The man expectations were swiftly frustrated. After delivering this anecdote at the end of his performance last Wednesday night, Bailey demonstrated the skill that had won him that watch. Bailey is a storyteller, and the tales he told about his instrument, his teache...

Love and Loss in Three Tongues: LeFebvre’s Performance Wows Crowd in Warner

Daniel Hautzinger, Staff Writer

February 7, 2014

English, German, Italian, gibberish: Associate Professor of Singing Timothy LeFebvre can do them all. In a diverse Jan. 31 recital in Warner Concert Hall, with Professor of Instrumental Accompanying James Howsmon on piano, LeFebvre demonstrated his facility with all these languages, as well as his impressive voice and sensitivity to text. LeFebvre’s song is like a father’s strong, comforting hand tucking a child into bed. His voice has a substantial weight behind it and the capacity for great power, but the strength is comforting rather than intimidating. The first half of the program demonstrated that quiet potency especially well. Handel’s arias “Where’er You Walk,” from the opera Semele and “Frondi tenere…...

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