Oberlin College Conservatory has just released the 2007-08 schedule for the Artist Recital Series and it looks like it will be an absolutely fantastic year of incredible entertainment. So mark your calendars with the following dates and plan to attend one or all of the 10 performances. All performances will be at 8pm in Finney Chappel at Oberlin College.
Wednesday Oct. 3 begins the series as Chanticleer, the Grammy award-winning men’s chorus takes the stage. The group is made up of 12 men who sing everything from Gregorian Chants, to jazz, to gospel, to pop. Their sound has been reviewed as “Precise, pure, and deeply felt singing.” Check out their website at www.chanticleer.org/Tour.cfm.
Next up on Thurs. Nov. 1 is one of the great’s from New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and, in accordance with the jazz tradition, there is only open seating so it’s first come, first served! Get there early! Some of the bands members have been playing since the early 20th century. Will definitely be standing room only for this performance!
The Imani Winds quintet takes the stage on Tues. Nov. 6. This Grammy-nominated group performs works by African, latin, & American composers and combines percussion & folk influences to the wind quartet sound. A real fusion of urban & classical music will make the sound really exciting!
Two weeks later on Tues. Nov 20, one of the top 10 orchestras in the world returns for their 206th performace in the Series. And that would be our own fabulous Cleveland Orchestra! Jayce Ogren will be conducting a program that will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 & Brahms Synphony No. 1. This is a great treat and another ‘Can’t Wait’ performance!
The Takacs Quartet will be performing on Fri. Dec. 7. The quartet,now in it’s 31st season, brings the sounds of clarinet, violins, viola, and cello together to play Haydn, Bartok, and Mozart. What a great way to get ready for the holidays!
The series winds down a bit after Dec. but gets back in full swing on Tues April 1st when Edgar Meye, playing double bass, and Amy Dorfman on piano, take the stage. The actural program has yet to be announced but it should be very innovative and will appeal to all age groups. Stay tuned!
Angela Hewitt will perfom twice with each concert ticketed separately. One performance will be on Fri. April 4th, the other on Sun. April 6 and both will feature the music of J. S. Bach.
Appearing together on Thurs. April 10 will be classical violinist Hilary Hahn and singer/songwriter Josh Ritter. In 2001, at the age of 21, Hahn was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine. Now she is one of the most popular artists on the concert circuit. Josh Ritter is an Oberlin grad, class of ’99 and has been compared to a young Springsteen or Leonard Cohen. They will be exciting to hear!
The seasons last performance will take place on Wed. April 23 when award winning mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter appears on the Finney Chapel stage. She has been called one of the finest performers around, having appeared in opera houses around the world.
Buy a subscription package to all 10 concers by Sept 14 and save lots of money!
Previous subscribers: Buy 1 subscription-get 1 at half price
New subscribers: Buy 1 subscription-get 1 FREE
Oberlin Students: $53.00 a person
Oberlin Family: $129.00 per person
Seniors over 55 $129.00 per person
General Public $159.00 per person
Single tickets available after Sept. 16.
(Check out the Oberlin College artist recital webpage, www.oberlin.edu/arseries/, for the complete details.)
So there you have it! Some great ways to spend some quality weekday evenings! Who said there is nothing in Ohio! Just come to Oberlin and attend all, some, or even one of these fabulous concerts! Come early! Have a fabulous dinner in one of our fabulous restaurants! Take a walk through our fabulous town! And why go home immediately after the concert? You know you don’t want to drive home late! So come and stay at Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast. Come in late. Sleep in a fabulous bed and then have a fabulous breakfast in the morning before driving home. We’d love to have you! We might even see you at the concert! Visit our website! www.hallauerhousebnb.com.