Upcoming Events:

August 30, 2016 to June 12, 2017

Black to the Powers of Ten

Race, time, memory, and meaning are among the concepts explored in this exhibition of works from 2003–2014 by the artist Fred Wilson. Through glass works designed and fabricated in Murano and the Seattle area, as well as in paintings, sculpture, prints, and video, Wilson challenges assumptions about history, culture, and display practices, offering alternative interpretations and encouraging viewers to reconsider how they think and what they know. Read more

February 2, 3, 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. and February 5, 2 p.m.


By Peter Sagal
Book and Lyrics by Steven Safer
Directed by Professor of Theater Paul Moser

Lawyer Abigail Gersten is brilliant, Jewish, and a First Amendment absolutist. Professor Bernard Cooper is courtly, polite, and dedicated to convincing the world that the Holocaust was a Jewish hoax. When the government prosecutes him, he turns to Abby for help. Read more

Friday, February 17, 2017, 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2 p.m.

Master Classes with Marilyn Horne

Heralded mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne returns for her 11th annual master classes that feature performances by outstanding Oberlin Conservatory voice students. Read more

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty is a New York-based novelist who began his writing career as a poet. He won the first-ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. One of the prizes for winning the championship title was the book deal that resulted in his first volume of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank (1991). His first novel, The White Boy Shuffle, was published to widespread praise in 1996. Read more

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 8 p.m.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

The latest multimedia creation by Canada’s award-winning period instrument orchestra combines music, text, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. Read more

March 3 & 4, 2017, 8 p.m.

Essence Dance Concert

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March 8, 10, 11, 2017, 8 p.m. and March 12, 2017, 2 p.m.


This is a humorous and witty telling of the Cinderella fairy tale, performed in French. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 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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About the Arts at Oberlin

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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