Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Ishmael Beah ’04

At 13, Ishmael Beah was recruited as a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war. He was removed from the army by UNICEF and later became an advocate for children affected by war. His 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone, was published to popular and critical acclaim. Read more

Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

An Evening with Radiolab

Jad Abumrad ’95 is the cohost of Radiolab. He’s been called a master of the radio craft for his ability to combine cutting-edge sound design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to complex topics from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality. Abumrad’s colleague on the air, 1969 Oberlin grad Robert Krulwich exudes boundless curiosity and an ability to explain complex subjects in compelling and entertaining ways. Read more

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8 p.m.

Calder Quartet

Called “superb” by the New York Times and “one of America’s great string quartets” by the Los Angeles Times, the Calder Quartet collaborates with artists across musical genres. Read more

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Wordless! An Evening with Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston

Twenty-two years after the release of his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, Art Spiegelman presents Wordless!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance created with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston. Read more

October 10 & 11, 2014, 8 p.m.

Dance Diaspora

Created by artist-in-residence Adenike Sharpley and directed by Oberlin dance faculty, Dance Diaspora and the Essence Dance Concert celebrate the spirituality, philosophy, and diversity of African culture. Read more

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Jeffrey Sachs

One of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty, Jeffrey Sachs also is director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He has authored three New York Times best sellers and advised governments on economic strategy in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for more than two decades. Read more

November 5, 7, 8, 2014, 8 p.m. and November 9, 2014, 2 p.m.

Street Scene

Written in 1946, Street Scene came to be known by its creator as an American opera for its blending of traditional European opera with musical theater. Read more

November 6–8, 2014, 8 p.m.

Fall Forward 2014

A twice-annual tradition presented each semester, Fall Forward and Spring Back are designed around a central theme and feature the work of student choreographers. Read more

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2 p.m.

Master Classes with Marilyn Horne

One of the world’s greatest operatic mezzo-sopranos, Marilyn Horne has been hailed by Opera News as perhaps “the most influential singer in American History.” Read more

December 4, 5, 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. and December 7, 2 p.m.


by By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Moser

In Shakespeare’s late romance, a young monarch’s search to find a wife and escape the incestuous King of Antioch launches a spider web of adventures in the ancient Mediterranean. Read more

Violin 2015 | Piano 2014
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Concerto-round performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Competition is presented by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. The competition provides more than $20,000 in prize money and concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

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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.

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