Happenings: NYC Alumni See Robert Spano at Work

More than 150 Obies of all generations gathered in New York City February 23 for a glittering evening of excellent music, delicious desserts, and alumni fellowship. The New York Phil- harmonic, conducted by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano ’83, performed at Lincoln Center, where soprano Dawn Upshaw premiered John Harbison’s Milosz Songs for Soprano and Orchestra to great acclaim. “This was a spectacular evening for Oberlin,” said Laura Gobbi ’91, executive director of the Alumni Association. “It was a marvelous precursor for the January 2007 performance at Carnegie Hall of the Oberlin Orchestra, which will be conducted by Maestro Spano.”

From left: Laura Gobbi ’91; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Allison Vulgamore ’80; Dawn Upshaw; Robert Spano ’83; and Dean of the Conservatory David Stull ’89.

Bela Schwartz ’79 and Roberta Maneker ’57 share a laugh.

Robert Spano chats with David Ballon ’79.

Dan Christianson ’55 and his wife, Priscilla, talk with Paul Wolansky, director of Alumni Outreach.

Alumni enjoying music—and white chocolate-covered strawberries.