Artist Recital Series

Individual tickets for Artist Recital Series concerts, as well as prorated season ticket packages, are available through Central Ticket Service, located in the lobby of Hall Auditorium. Season tickets can be purchased by phone at 440-775-8169 or in person between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8 p.m.

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Read more

Friday, February 20, 2015, 8 p.m.

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Celebrating 25 years together, the St. Lawrence String Quartet boasts a reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music through an energetic commitment to great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works. Read more

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8 p.m.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars is recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Read more

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 8 p.m.

Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano and Warren Jones, piano


Renowned opera singer and recitalist, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is among the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Called “flawless” and “utterly ravishing” by the Boston Globe, Warren Jones was named 2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year by Musical America. Read more

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4 p.m.

Jennifer Koh ’97, violin

Called “a superbly gifted violinist” by the New York Times, Oberlin’s own Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. Read more

Friday, April 24, 2015, 8 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

For the first time, the orchestra will perform with pianist Jeremy Denk, a 1990 double-degree graduate of Oberlin, who, in the past year, earned a MacArthur grant and was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. Read more

Bonuses for Subscribers

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

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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Friends of the ARS

Donors help support the longstanding tradition of musical excellence Oberlin College brings to Northeast Ohio. We encourage you to become a Friend of the Artist Recital Series. Friends of the series reaffirm the value placed on music within our communities and allow Oberlin to sustain the elevated level of programming for which it is known. Donations are tax deductible.

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About the ARS


Oberlin College’s esteemed Artist Recital Series is one of the oldest continuing concert series in the United States. Since its inception in 1878, more than 1,000 of the most acclaimed and accomplished musicians, conductors, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and composers have graced the stage of historic Finney Chapel. Stars of such international stature as Dave Brubeck, Alicia de Larrocha, Juan Diego Flórez, Glenn Gould, Denyce Graves, Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, Yo-Yo Ma, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Isaac Stern, George Szell, and Eugene Ysaÿe, to name but a few, have performed under the auspices of Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series, enriching the college, the town of Oberlin, and northern Ohio. This growing roster is more than an impressive “Who’s Who.” It is an illumination of the finest of serious music, spanning the late 19th century to the present.