August 14 to December 23, 2015
Early portrait photographers employed a number of devices—from pedestals to pincer-like braces—to stabilize the bodies of their subjects during long exposures. But these methods often were not suitable for the small, unruly body of a child. Instead, the photographer enlisted the mother, who, hidden by studio props, supported or soothed her offspring. Read more
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference
A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is a leader in the movement against mass incarceration in the United States and one of the country’s most active social justice advocates. Read more
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Como Academy Pianists
A celebration of Oberlin Conservatory’s exclusive partnership with the International Piano Academy Lake Como, one of the world’s top institutions for piano instruction. Three pianists from Lake Como will perform in this inaugural concert of the Artist Recital Series’ 138th season. Read more
October 1, 2, 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m. and October 4, 2 p.m.
By Alice Childress
Directed by Justin Emeka, Assistant Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
The story of a secret interracial relationship between an African American woman and a German man in 1918 South Carolina during World War I and the influenza outbreak. Read more
October 2 & 3, 2015, 8 p.m.
Dance Diaspora, created and choreographed largely by Oberlin College artist in residence Adenike Sharpley, the dance troupe brings the power, spirituality, and philosophy of African culture to life. Read more
November 11, 13, 14, 2015, 8 p.m. and November 15, 2015, 2 p.m.
The Rape of Lucretia
Britten’s self-styled “chamber opera” unfolds as an ancient pagan tragedy viewed through the eyes of its two Christian choruses: one male and one female. Read more
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8 p.m.
Brad Mehldau Trio
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has shared his gift for improvisation with audiences throughout the world for two decades. A versatile musician of great skill and curiosity, Mehldau will bring his trio to Oberlin, featuring longtime collaborators Jeff Ballard on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass. Read more
Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize
Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.
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Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its Conservatory of Music and its art museum have secured throughout the world Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. For those who live within driving distance of Oberlin, it is a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.