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Oberlin in the News - Spring 2006

May 2006
May 23--Cleveland Plain Dealer Profiles Recent Graduate

The Cleveland Plain Dealer detailed David Reese's ’06 decision four years ago to worship at Oberlin's Peace Community Church (PCC). The religion major also served as a peace and justice intern at the church. " 'What I like most'," he told PD reporters, " 'is the way PCC combines people who would not otherwise associate to do really amazing and beautiful things'." Reese also said he admired " 'PCC's decision [last year] to take a public stance welcoming and affirming gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people'." Reese, who graduated in May, plans to attend Chicago Theological Seminary.

May 15--Newsweek Publishes Article by Richard Haass '73
Richard Haass '73, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course, authored an article for this week's edition of Newsweek that examines the current state of the global market and those who manipulate it.

May 15--Conservatory Featured on Marketplace Morning Report
James Kalyn, who accompanied the Oberlin Orchestra on its China tour last winter and served as its manager, was interviewed by Jocelyn Ford '81, Beijing bureau chief of American Public Media's Marketplace, for the program's Marketplace Morning Report. The segment, which aired Wednesday, May 17, on most NPR stations, included a sound clip from the tour.

May 15--Young Alumna Publishes Article in Jane Magazine
The current issue of Jane Magazine features an article by Christina Morgan '03, who writes about the difficulties she faced teaching in a foreign land, after graduating from Oberlin.

May 12--Alumnus to Attend Summer Residency Program at Academy for Alternative Journalism
According to a press release issued by Yahoo! Finance, Kabir Hamid '02, a freelancer and typesetter at the Chicago Reader, has been selected to attend the Academy for Alternative Journalism's summer residency program at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The program trains minority journalists in long-form feature writing with the aim of recruiting them into the alternative press. Kabir is one of only 10 fellows chosen from a pool of 420 applicants to attend the academy's seventh annual summer program.

May 11--NPR's Morning Edition Features Singer-Songwriter Josh Ritter '99
Today's Morning Edition on National Public Radio broadcast an interview and special performance by singer-songwriter Josh Ritter '99, which includes solo acoustic versions of the songs Monster Ballads, Idaho, Here at the Right Time, and Good Man. Ritter, who recently released his long-awaited fourth CD The Animal Years can also be seen on the cover of this month's American Songwriter.

May 11--Professor Interviewed on Today's Edition of Milwaukee Presents
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie McMillin was interviewed by Joanne Weintraub for today's edition of Milwaukee Presents, a radio show on the arts in Milwaukee at WHAD 90.7, about her book Buried Indians: Digging Up the Past in a Midwestern Town (University of Washington Press). Today's Milwaukee.com also ran a story about the book, which recently was nominated for The National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

May 8--Displaced Comics Perform Sketch about Hurricane Katrina's Impact
An article in today's Shreveport Times announced the Austin debut of "Hurricanes are Funny," a sketch performed by the now-displaced New Orleans theatrical improvisational group, Coldtown Heroes. The group, which includes Arthur Simon '99, will present the show in conjunction with two artspace exhibitions created by New Orleans artists-in-exile. Simon, who studied theater at Oberlin College, says that the Katrina-inspired sketch was written immediately after the hurricane and reflects on the extent to which the hurricane affected their lives. "You put comedians in the same room together during the aftermath of a big crisis like that, and that's our coping mechanism. That's how we deal with it. It's what we do."

May 8--Jazz Professor Marcus Belgrave Receives Rave Reviews for Performance at Canadian Jazz Festival
Visiting Professor of Jazz Trumpet Marcus Belgrave took the sixth annual Thousand Islands Jazz Festival by storm, playing several shows and fielding questions from jazz fans during an afternoon workshop. Canada's Brockville Recorder & Times published a full account of the festival, including an interview with Belgrave, in today's edition of the newspaper.

May 3--Ben Jaffee '93 Interviewed in New York Times
Today's New York Times features an interview with Ben Jaffe '93, adminstrator of New Orleans' revered Preservation Hall, in which he discusses the hall's reopening eight months after Hurricane Katrina.

May 2--Conservatory Graduate Receives Prestigious Fellowship
Today's Plain Dealer featured an article about Spencer Myer '00, who recently won a fellowship through the American Pianists Association. Myer is a native of North Ridgeville.

May 1--Oberlin Students Show Support for National "Day Without Immigrants"
Today's Akron Beacon Journal features an article about the rallies planned across the nation to show support for immigrant workers. Oberlin College junior Susanna Duncan helped organize a student rally to draw attention to the plight of immigrants in this country. "As allies of this movement, we have a duty to stand in solidarity and let our voices be heard with those who far too often are silenced by unjust laws," says Duncan, a member of the Oberlin Coalition for Immigration Rights.

April 2006
April 30--Obie's New Novel Reviewed by New York Times
Today's New York Times features a review of Absurdistan, a new novel by Gary Shteyngart '95. Shteyngart is also the author of The Russian Debutant's Handbook, a wry but rowdy satire of contemporary immigrant experience, that catapulted him to literary fame in 2002. Shteyngart's latest offering is no less deserving of praise; the Times calls it: "immodestly vigorous, so burstingly sure of its barbaric excellence, that simply by breathing, sweating, and standing upright it exalts itself."

April 30--Dan Chaon Tackles Topic of Plagarism in Cleveland Newspaper
Houch Associate Professor of Creative Writing Dan Chaon weighs in on the plagarism scandal surrounding Kaavya Viswanathan's novel Opal Mehta and how it is affecting the book industry in today's Plain Dealer. Chaon discussed the debacle last week with his students, summing it with these words: "It's pretty clear that there is some copying going on."

April 29--Oberlin Student Wins Bruce Undergraduate Research Award
A press release issued by Medical News Today.com announced that Manasi Bhate '07 is one of four students to receive this year's David S. Bruce Undergraduate Research Award. The award, which is issued by the American Physiological Society, is presented to students who are the first author of a research study in which they've carried out the bulk of the experiment themselves. Bhate, who did her research at Vanderbilt University as part of an APS summer research fellowship, co-authored the paper "GCK-3 induced phosphorylation alters C1C anion channel outer pore structure" with Liping He and Kevin Strange.

April 28--Professor's Revolutionary Recommendations Remembered in the Guardian
An article in today's Guardian recalls the 30th anniversary of a landmark publication by Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies Ben Wisner and his colleagues that held humans responsible for the deaths follwoing a natural disaster. The paper, titled Taking the Naturalness Out of Natural Disasters, argued that those most likely to die in these disasters are the poor and outcast, and laid the blame squarely on government officials who refused to invest the money necessary to prepare for natural calamities.

April 27--NASA Recognizes Martin Weisskopf '64 with George W. Goddard Award
An article posted online at SpaceRef.com announced that Dr. Martin Weisskopf '64 has received the George W. Goddard Award for scientific contributions to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The award recognizes the invention and development of new techniques, instruments, or systems that substantially advance aerospace and astmospheric science or astronomy applications. Weisskopf is project scientist for the observatory and chief scientist for X-ray Astronomy in the Space Sciences Department at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

April 23--William F. Schulz '71 Tells Newsday that U.S. Has Lost "Moral High Ground"
Newday editor Jim Smith recently interviewed William F. Schulz '71, former executive director of Amnesty International U.S.A., about the organization's shift in focus during his 12-year tenure. In addition to missions in Romania, India, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East, Schulz increasingly focused his attention on human rights violations committed by the United States government over the years. During the interview, Schulz is quoted as saying: "If we had set out to undermine our moral authority, we couldn't have done a better job. You can't...thumb your nose at the United Nations and maintain moral authority."

April 21--Singer-Songwriter Josh Ritter '99 Interviewed by Chicago Sun-Times
Today's Chicago Sun-Times features an interview with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter '99, who is currently touring behind his fourth disc, The Animal Years. The CD, which is receiving the best reviews of Ritter's career, was produced by former indie rocker Brian Deck.

April 21--The Asia Times Online Interviews Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager
The Asia Times Online recently asked Luce Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager about the controversy surrounding the Japanese comic book Ken-Kanryu, which claim that Japanese colonization resulted in improved economic conditions for Koreans. "It is...a gross oversimplification to say that the Korean government 'invited' Japan to colonize their country," says Jager. "While there were certainly those Koreans who had...sought to emulate their Japanese neighbor in their modernization reforms against an increasingly ineffective and decrepit Korean government...they never had it as their goal to become a Japanese colony."

April 19--Oberlin Student Volunteers Time to Help Restore Soil in New Orleans
An article in today's San Francisco Chronicle features an interview with Randy Shafer-Rickles '07, who is currently a volunteer in New Orleans with the Meg Perry Healthy Soil Initiative. This attempt to restore the health to the city's soil, much of it highly contaminated before the hurricane struck in August, was started by a small team of volunteers from San Francisco in October and relies on the process of bioremediation, or the process of decontamination using living organisms or plants to neutralize the toxins. "We've started planting sunflowers and mustard greens," said Shafer-Rickles, who supervises a crew of student volunteers. "They absorb toxins in their roots and shoots from the soil. Then we tear up the plants and throw them away. It's better than excavating the soil and taking the problem somewhere else, putting it in someone else's backyard."

April 19--ESPN's Chris Broussard '90 Featured on The Show!
Sportswriter Chris Broussard '90 was featured on ESPN's The Show! last Wednesday, April 19. Broussard, who launched his writing career at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, spent 2 1/2 seasons as a beat writer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and three years at the New York Times before joining ESPN The Magazine in September 2004.

April 17--Lorain Newspaper Interviews Associate Professor A.G. Miller
Associate Professor of Religion A.G. Miller weighs in on the megachurch phenomenon in today's Lorain Morning Journal, where he is quoted as saying: "The United Methodist Church is advertising. The United Church of Christ is advertising. They're losing membership and are asking themselves how to get new crowds out there. It's a competitive market and they're reading the writing on the wall."

April 17--Alumnus Installed as New York's First Humanistic Rabbi
A press release issued today by the Relgion News Service announced that Rabbi Peter H. Schweitzer '74 will be formally installed as the first Humanistic rabbi in New York City. Schweitzer, who left the Reform rabbinate in 1982, has been a volunteer leader at The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and a clinical social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in Brooklyn. He is also a prolific writer.

April 7--Jennifer Trynin '86 Back in the Spotlight
An article in today's Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles features an interview with Jennifer Trynin '86, a former pop star who recently published a deatailed account of her brief but intense moment in the spotlight. Trynin's book, Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be (Harcourt), has been called an "alternately comic and poignant account of one girl's rock & roll fairy tale."

April 6--Cleveland Music Critic Raves about Jazz Great's Oberlin Performance
Today's Plain Dealer features a rave review of jazz great Wayne Shorter's recent performance at Oberlin College as part of the Artist Recital Series. During the concert, the onetime Miles Davis sideman and Weather Report co-founder wowed the audience with his arrhythmic grooves and multidimensional jams, living up to his reputation for eloquent and off-the-cuff musical expression.

April 5--Singer-Songwriter Josh Ritter '99 Scores Big with New CD
Josh Ritter's latest CD, The Animal Years, is receiving rave reviews from the music critics around the world. Q Magazine, Uncut, Maverick Magazine, Performing Songwriter, MOJO, and Hot Press have all given the CD four stars, while Paste Magazine has called the effort "possibly the best new album of 2006." Ritter graduated from Oberlin College in 1999.

April 4--New York Times Interviews Professor of Geology Dennis Hubbard
Today's New York Times features an article about the bleaching of coral reefs as well as the wave of disease that has killed a sizable fraction of the coral in parts of the Caribbean. Professor of Geology Dennis Hubbard, a specialist in marine geology and carbonate sedimentology, was interviewed for this article, in which he is quoted as saying: "The evidence is pretty overwhelming that we're having a negative impact on the system. We need to figure out how to fix it."

April 2--Music Critics Praise Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Sophomore CD Effort
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' latest CD, Show Your Bones, is flying off the shelves as music critics scramble to interview the audaciously offbeat New York trio. Bandmates Karen O. and Brian Chase '00, who met at Oberlin College, were the topic of a full-length feature article posted online at Time.com, while NPR recently featured the group as part of their All Songs Considered live concert series.

April 1--Local Fashion Icon Interviewed in Northern Ohio Live Magzine
The current issue of Northern Ohio Live magazine features an interview with Angela Huang, a fashion and fitness guru from Tallmadge. Huang, who graduated from Oberlin in 1988, teaches Nia, or neuromuscular integrative action - a fusion of martial arts, t'ai chi, dance, and yoga - classes and owns the Winds of Change botique in Chagrin Falls.

March 2006
March 29--Boston Globe Gives eighth blackbird's Cambridge Performance a Rave Review
Today's Boston Globe features a glowing review of eighth blackbird's recent Cambridge appearance, where they performed a challenging program of inovative music, including Fred Lerdahl's "Fantasty Etudes" and Frederic Rzewski's "Les Moutons de Panurge." The Six musicians started working together as students at Oberlin College and just celebrated their 10-year anniversary as a sextet.

March 26--Obies Receive Rave Reviews for Sophomore CD Effort
Today's New York Daily News features an interview with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's lead singer, Karen O. and drummer Brian Chase '00. The group's second CD, Show Your Bones, was recently released on Interscope records and has been garnering rave reviews. The group has also received positive press in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone magazine.

March 26--Ice Cream Mogul Jerry Greenfield '75 Reveals the Secret of Socially-Conscious Success
An article in today's Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) recaps the recent appearance of ice cream moguls Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield '75 at West Chester Univerrsity. During their time on stage, Cohen recalled how the small ice cream shop became a multi-million dollar business, while Greenfield focused on what buinsses can do to help the community.

March 25--Boston-Area Newspapers Interview the New Music Ensemble eighth blackbird
The Boston Globe recently printed an interview with members of eighth blackbird, a Chicago-based, new-music ensemble that is celebrating its 10th anniversary season with three Boston-area premieres. The ensemble, whose members met at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music a decade ago, was also interviewed by the Boston Herald.

March 24--Doctor's Peripatetic Career Chronicled Online at CNN.com
The health section of CNN.com currently features an interview with Dr. David Olson '82, a medical adviser to Doctors Without Borders, the U.S. affiliate of the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres. Since signing on with MSF, Olson--who has a passion for traveling as well as medicine--has treated patients in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Siberia, Uganda, and Burundi, where he's implemented a treatment plan for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis and introduced antiretroviral therapy for people infected with the HIV virus.

March 23--Geoffrey Hudson '89 Pens Opera for Children
Composer Geoffrey Hudson '89 and librettist Alisa Pearson recently talked to the Boston Globe about their collaboration on The Bug Opera, an opera for children that features a cast of caterpillars, mosquitoes, wasps, and dung beetles. Currently, cast and crew are staging workshops at a local nonprofit musci education and performance center to gather audience feedback and tweak the production, an opportunity Hudson calls "incredibly valuable" for any show's success.

March 19--Lorain County Newspaper Previews Upcoming Conservatory Recital
Today's Morning Journal features a preview of Wednesday's Artist Recital Series program at Oberlin College's Finney Chapel, which will include the internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott performing an all-Brahms program.

March 18--Vermont's Communities See Influx of Young People
Today's Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont) includes an article about the young people who have decided to return to the area to live. Noah Hoskins '04, moved back to Putney last year because he missed the community that his family had helped establish. Hoskins understands why many of his childhood classmates have moved away, and is sympathetic: "I appreciate how difficult and isolating it must be for some people," he says," but I've never been anywhere as beautiful."

March 17--Columbus Dispatch Interviews Public Radio's Newest Dynamic Duo
The Columbus Dispatch recently interviewed reporter and producer Jad Abumrad '95 and ABC correspondent Robert Krulwich '69, the hosts of public radio's innovative new series, Radio Lab. Both men got their start, separated by a quarter-century, in Oberlin College radio. After discovering their shared background and forging a unique friendship, the dynamic duo decided to create a radio show that combined reporting and storytelling, as well as seemingly impromptu conversations, to look at the biggest ideas in science today.

March 12--AMAM's Landscape Exhibition Draws Favorable Reviews
Today's Akron Beacon Journal features a review of Cleveland native April Gornik's first solo museum exhibit in Ohio. The show, April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings, is on view through June 4 at Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum and includes more than 20 works ranging from the early 1980s to the present.

March 11--Adventurous Alumnus Recreates Historic Rescue Operation on The Silver Screen
Today's Cincinnati Enquirer features an article about Roger Brucker '51, a cave explorer from Beavercreek, Ohio. Brucker is also the co-author of Trapped, a book about the failed 1925 attempt to rescue a man trapped in Kentucky's Sand Cave. Paramount Pictures has bought the film rights to Brucker's novel, and is planning to make a movie out of the book directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton.

March 11--Greater Milwaukee Today Interviews Jenny Steinman Heyden '90
For Jenny Steinman Heyden '90, art is a family affair. The Shorewood artist, who once proclaimed herself a "self-taught folk artist," was influenced by her grandparents, who both had fine arts backgrounds, as well as her childhood experiences with art. Steinman Heyden talks more about her artwork and her decision to make art a full-time career in an interview with Greater Milwaukee Today.

March 9--Alumnus Wins $10,000 Award from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
An article in today's Marin Independent Journal (California) announced that Richard Riccardi '64 is one of only six music teachers in the nation--and the only one in California--to win a $10,000 award from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Riccardi, a teacher at White Hill Middle School in Fairfax, California, received a degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He will be flown to New York City for an awards presentation on March 24 at Carnegie Hall.

March 2--William Schulz '71 Quoted in New York Times
An article in today's New York Times decries the practice of shackling female inmates while they are in labor. William Schulz '71, executive director of Amnesty International U.S.A., denounced the practice, saying "This is the perfect example of rule-following at the expense of common sense. It's almost as stupid as shackling someone in a coma."

February 2006
February 28--James Burrows '62 Receives Tribute at U.S. Comedy and Arts Festival
According to the Washington Post, sitcom producer-director veteran James Burrows '62 will be honored for his long and successful televison career at the upcoming U.S. Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen. Burrows, who worked on Broadway before making his television debut, is best known as co-creator, executive producer, and director of the 11-season megahit Cheers, as well as executive producer of the Emmy award-winning television series Will and Grace.

February 28--Billy Cohn '82 to Appear in New ABC Television Series
The premier of ABC'S Miracle Workers is scheduled to air on Monday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET. Oberlin College alumnus Billy Cohn '82, a cardiovascular surgeon who has been called the "Thomas Edison of heart surgery," will appear on the series, which follows the lives of real people overcoming almost insurmountable odds with the help of an elite team of medical professionals. Cohn's new show has captured the attention of the media, with the Houston Chronicle calling it "a documentary with lots of heart."

February 27--Student Publishes Article in Newsweek
Joshua Keating '07, the Oberlin Review's former editor, published a small article in this week's issue of Newsweek. Keating's article is also available online.

February 27--Jazz Times Announces Kohl's Generous Gift to Oberlin College
The March issue of Jazz Times magazine mentions Stewart and Donna Kohl's $5 million gift to support jazz education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Stewart Kohl, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1977, also serves on the College's Board of Trustees.

February 22--The Boston Globe Interviews Fedco Seeds Founder CR Lawn '68
Today's Boston Globe features an article about CR Lawn '68, founder of Fedco Seeds, a no-frills gardering cooperative that has become wildly successful by reintroducing obscure varities of vegetables, trees, and flowers, and selling more than 15 tons of seed a year to gardeners all over the country. Lawn, who calls himself "an off-the-grid kind of guy," clocks 80 to 90 hours a week at Fedco, writing seed descriptions for the company's popular catalogue and scrutinizing the company's finances -- which totaled $2 million in sales last year.

February 15--Professor's Efforts Make The Colored Museum a Success
Oberlin College Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Caroline Jackson Smith recently directed a production of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum at Cleveland's Karamu Performing Arts Theatre.. The production received rave reviews from Back Stage.com, The Plain Dealer, The Akron-Beacon Journal, and The Cleveland Jewish News, all of which agreed that "Jackson-Smith's direction [of] a first-rate cast produced entertainment that was laugh-out-loud funny with an undercurrent of pain."

February 15--Natalia Zukerman '97 Releases New CD
The San Antonio Current recenlty interviewed singer-songwriter Natalia Zukerman '97. A mural artist by trade, Zuckerman recently owned up to her musical heritage with the release of Only You, an album that features a "stripped-down collection of almost-live tracks that marry folk, jazz, and blues."

February 13--Obie Receives Young Jazz Composers Award
A brief article in today's Seattle Times announced that saxophonist Chris Blacker '03 recently recieved a Young Jazz Composers Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Backer's winning composition,'Tidal,' will eventually be released on CD.

February 12--Professor's New Book Previewed by Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel
Today's Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee) features a preview of Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie Hovell McMillin's new book, Buried Indians: Digging Up the Past in a Midwestern Town (University of Wisconsin Press, May 2006). In the book, McMillin examines the mystery and lore of Trempealeau Mountian, as well as the reactions of local residents when a group of archaeologists tries to convince them that the platform mounds on top of the mountain are really Indian burial mounds. "The imagining is part of a larger history of Euro-American remembering and forgetting," writes McMillin. "A complex of ideas and images that continues to shape and trouble the way white Americans understand themselves as owners of land, as the rightful occupants of this country."

February 10--Jennifer Trynin '86 Attracts National Media Attention with New Book
An article in today's Washington Post features a review of Jennifer Trynin's first book, Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be (Harcourt). Trynin, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1986, became the object of a frenzied major-label bidding war for her pop-smart self-released album, Cockamamie, in the mid-1990s. Her book offers a detailed account of her brief but intense moment in the spotlight and is an alternately comic and poitnant account of one girl's "rock & roll fairy tale." Trynin has also recently been interviewed by Rolling Stone, the Boston Globe, and the Village Voice.

February 10--Manhattan Artist Robert Lobe '67 Interviewed by Plain Dealer
Today's Plain Dealer features an interview with Robert Lobe '67, an internationally recognized artist whose work can be found in such prestigious collections as those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum. Raised in Cleveland, he has been living in Manhattan since graduating from Oberlin College.

February 9--College Unveils Local Car-Sharing Program to Cleveland Media
An article in today's Plain Dealer announced Oberlin College's car-sharing program. The program offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to rent new, fuel-efficient cars for errands, shopping, appointments, and sightseeing. CityWheels, a Cleveland-based car-sharing company, partnered with the College to start the program.

February 6--Obie Rockers Interviewed by The New Yorker
According to this week's New Yorker, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' second album, Show Your Bones, is "a testament to its [own] ingenuity." The band, which features Oberlin alumni Karen O. as lead vocalist and Brian Chase '00 on drums, sold half a million copies of their 2003 debut album, Fever to Tell.

February 5--Kansas Newspaper Interviews Jonathan Field
Today's Wichita Eagle (Kansas) features an article about Associate Professor of Opera Theater Jonathan Field, who has pioneered the use of computer- and video-generated scenery during his productions. But the cost of such technology is prohibitive, forcing most opera companies to rely on the more traditional painted flats and backdrops. "Performing arts groups all over the country are having the same problems," Fields said. "Economically, we're doing OK, but the movies and their special effects have made what we do very difficult."

February 4--Music Critic Praises Oberlin College Choir's Recent Performance
Plain Dealer Music Critic Donald Rosenberg called the Cleveland Orchestra's recent performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream "silvery...sinfully seductive...and dazzling." Rosenberg also praised the women of the Oberlin College Choir, who gave voice to the fairies and added "fresh appeal" to the production.

February 3--Musician's Latest Composition Explores Jewish Identity
Amy X. Neuburg's latest musical composition is set to debut in March at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, during the city's annual Jewish Music Festival. During an interview with Northern California's Jewish Weekly News, Neuburg - who graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1984 - talked about the new piece, which marks her first foray into Jewish music. "I wasn't sure how I was going to approach Jewish music," Neuburg said. "I come from many generations of non-religion Jews. However, it's been fairly clear to me, culturally I'm about as Jewish as you can get."

February 1--Cleveland Paper Interviews Jeannette Sorrell '92
An article in today's Plain Dealer features an interview with Jeannette Sorrell '92, the founder of Cleveland's Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Fire. Founded in 1992, Apollo's Fire is regarded as one of the top six period-instrument orchestras in North America. The ensemble is currently preparing to make its Boston debut in the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival Series, where it will be the only North American ensemble to appear this season.

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