Upcoming Events:

August 14 to December 23, 2015

Hidden Mother

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, February 3, 2016, 8 p.m.

John Relyea, bass-baritone and Warren Jones, piano

John Relyea appears regularly with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Called “flawless” and “utterly ravishing” by the Boston Globe, Warren Jones was named 2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year by Musical America. Read more

February 4, 5, 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m. and February 7, 2 p.m.

Family Happiness

By Leo Tolstoy
Adapted and Directed by Alexis Macnab ’01

Tolstoy’s novella is brought to life in a visual and kinetic adaptation. Young Masha yearns for a much older Sergey. When he falls for her, they begin a touching, sometimes tormented journey toward a shared future. Read more

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 p.m.

Swimming in Dark Waters:
Other Voices of the American Experience

Led by Rhiannon Giddens ’00, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Swimming in Dark Waters explores old and new songs of resistance of the South, protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the experiences of first-generation American Bhi Bhiman, an “outsider looking in” on issues of culture and race in 21st-century America. Read more

March 4 & 5, 2016, 8 p.m.

Essence Dance Concert

March 9, 11, 12, 2016, 8 p.m. and March 13, 2016, 2 p.m.


The beautiful sorceress Alcina and her sister Morgana have taken warriors and knights to their magic island and transformed them into various objects and animals. The paladin Ruggiero becomes enchanted by the sisters, but has so far escaped the fate of his comrades. 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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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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