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N.E.A. Jazz Master Jimmy Heath to Perform with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble Saturday, May 14
May 9--Saxophonist, composer, and educator Jimmy Heath will be in residency at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 14. During his time on campus, the National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Master will conduct an improvisation workshop for students and perform with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble in Finney Chapel on Saturday at 8 p.m., with guest vocalist Janice Reddick '04.

Amnesty International USA Director is Oberlin College Commencement Speaker
May 5--William Schulz '71, executive director of Amnesty International USA and an expert on civil rights and human rights records worldwide, will deliver this year's Commencement address at Oberlin College. More than 600 students are expected to receive degrees on Memorial Day, when Oberlin College holds its 172nd Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Tappan Square.

Oberlin Religion Professor to Discuss Da Vinci Code April 20
April 14--On Wednesday, April 20, Visiting Instructor of Religion Geoffrey Chaplin will explore the Da Vinci Code via a scriptural, theological, and historical critique and discussion of the Da Vinci phenomenon in a talk on Oberlin's campus. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Wilder Hall.

Author Christopher D. Cook '90 Indicts Industrial Agriculture
April 15--On Monday, April 25, Christopher Cook '90, author of Diet for a Dead Planet: How the Food Industry is Killing Us, will present a free, public talk titled "Fixing Food: Recipes for Disaster and Change" at 7:30 p.m. in the Hallock Auditorium of the College's Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.

Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Leads The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra at Severance Hall
The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra will present a concert at Cleveland's Severance Hall Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. under the baton of James Gaffigan, assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra. He will lead the ensemble in Debussy's Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune and La Mer as well as Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (the revised version of 1945), and the prelude to Mussorgsky's opera Khovantchina.

Celtic Fiddling Virtuoso Natalie MacMaster Reels into Oberlin
March 21--Celtic fiddling virtuoso Natalie MacMaster will bring her unique fusion of American bluegrass, traditional Irish arrangements, and Cape Breton music to Oberlin College's Finney Chapel on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

Oberlin College President Nancy Dye to Receive Honorary Degree from Obirin University
March 16--Oberlin College President Nancy Dye will receive an honorary doctorate of letters from Obirin University at the school's 2005 commencement ceremony on March 16. President Dye, the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Obirin, will address the graduating students during the commencement ceremony in Tokyo.

Oberlin College Art Library Hosts 2005 Clarence Ward Show
March 16--The 2005 Clarence Ward Exhibition "Books for the Grand Tour: Architecture, Archaeology, and the Dilettante" is on view now through June 1 in Oberlin College's Clarence Ward Art Library.

Swing is Alive and Well at Oberlin: Oberlin Jazz Dance Festival March 18-20
March 11--On Friday, March 18, the Oberlin Swing Society will inaugurate its first jazz dance festival with a weekend of classes, workshops, music, dances, and discussions.

Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Larmore Replaces Lorraine Hunt Lieberson on Oberlin's Artist Recital Series April 16
March 7--Mezzo Soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who earlier this year canceled a Metropolitan Orchestra engagement at Carnegie Hall because of a lower-back injury, has ultimately cancelled all of her appearances for the rest of the season, including a scheduled performance at Oberlin College on Saturday, April 16.

Acclaimed Conductor Eve Queler Conducts Mozart's Classic Comedy Le Nozze Di Figaro at Oberlin College's Hall Auditorium March 16, 18, 19, & 20
February 25--Eve Queler, music director of the Opera Orchestra of New York, will guest conduct the Oberlin Opera Theater production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's classic comedy of errors, Le Nozze di Figaro. The curtain goes up on Wednesday, March 16, at 8 p.m. in Oberlin College's Hall Auditorium.

Oberlin Conservatory Faculty Members Gary Bartz and Robert Spano Win Grammy Awards
February 23--Gary Bartz, visiting professor of jazz saxophone at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Professor of Conducting Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra [ASO] and a 1983 graduate of the Conservatory, were among the winners at the Grammy Awards earlier this month.

Major Loan Shows off French Landscape Paintings to Oberlin: The Splendor of the Ruins (March 19 -June 19)
February 23--The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) presents The Splendor of Ruins in French Landscape Painting, 1630-1800, which will be on view from March 19 - June 19, 2005. After the AMAM showing, the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from July 17 - October 16, 2005.

Oberlin College's Essence to Perform West African Dances in Concert March 11 and 12
February 23--Traditional West African dances will be performed Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, when Oberlin College's Essence dance ensemble presents a concert titled Dance Diaspora Dance at 8 p.m. in Warner Center.

Oberlin College Archivist Named to Prestigious Board
February 23--Roland M. Bauman, director of the Oberlin College Archives and a founding member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, has been named to a three-year term on the Board of Publications of the Society of American Archivists.

Oberlin Conservatory to Headline Kennedy Center Event
February 22--The Oberlin Conservatory of Music will have the opportunity to display some of its exceptionally talented students during the prestigious Conservatory Project Series at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Feb. 25. A part of the Center's Millennium Stage Initiative, the Conservatory Project is a new program for developing and presenting young talent from the nation's leading music conservatories. 

Black Activist Angela Davis to Speak in Oberlin March 7
February 22--Former California Governor Ronald Reagan once vowed that Angela Davis would never again teach in the University of California system. In 1994, Davis received the distinguished honor of an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies, and today she is a tenured professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Meredith Monk in Residence at Oberlin College February 21-26
February 14--Meredith Monk is an internationally renowned composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, musical theater works, films and installations. During a career that has spanned 40 years, Monk has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike as a major creative force in the performing arts.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music Appoints Andrea Kalyn Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
February 14--Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music David H. Stull has appointed Andrea Kalyn as associate dean of the conservatory for academic affairs, effective January 4, 2005. Kalyn joins Oberlin after serving four years as assistant dean and musicologist at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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