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Spring 2006


"Dean of Civil Rights Movement" to Give Oberlin Baccalaureate Address May 28
May 22--The Reverend Doctor Joseph E. Lowery, president emeritus and co-founder, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will present Oberlin College's 2006 Baccalaureate address Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. in Warner Concert Hall.

Allen Lends More Than 130 Works by Hesse to Two Major Exhibitions
May 29--More than 130 works by the artist Eva Hesse, whose influential career as a painter and sculptor was cut short by her early death in 1970, are on loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum to two ground-breaking exhibitions of her work now on view in New York City.


Prosecutor of Chilean Dictator to Give Oberlin Commencement Address
April 3--Juan Guzmán Tapia--the distinguished jurist who initiated a series of prosecutions that continue today against Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet--will deliver the 2006 Commencement address at Oberlin College on Memorial Day. More than 600 students are expected to receive degrees when Oberlin holds its 173rd Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Tappan Square.


Oberlin College's Artist Recital Series Presents Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott
March 1--Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, celebrated worldwide as one of the most original and fearless artists on the concert stage today, will perform with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott on Wednesday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel. The program has been altered from the originally announced repertoire. The revised program showcases the three violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op.78 (the Regenlied sonata); Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100; and Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108.

Are We Safer In The Dark? A National Dialogue Via Satellite in Oberlin March 13
March 1--In celebration of Sunshine Week, a panel of national experts will discuss the problems, the impact, and the public's response to open government and secrecy in a program broadcast by satellite at 1 p.m. Monday, March 13 to Room 443 in Oberlin's Mudd Center.

The Merry Wives of Windsor to Be Staged By Oberlin Opera Theater March 15 - 19
March 7-- Oberlin Opera Theater presents as its spring production The Merry Wives of Windsor (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Otto Nicolai's comic opera about deception, revenge, and love. The curtain rises on Wednesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. in Oberlin College's Hall Auditorium, located at 67 North Main St. on Route 58, between the Oberlin Inn and the Allen Art Museum. The three-act opera will be sung in German with English supertitles. There will be two intermissions.

Two World Premieres, I ncluding One by New York Composer Jason Eckardt, to be Presented by the CME at Merkin Hall
March 17--The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME), under the direction of Timothy Weiss, will present an ambitious, diverse, and provocative evening of new music, including two world premieres, on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall. One of the premieres, Trespass, by New York-based composer Jason Eckardt, was commissioned by the CME and is dedicated to pianist Marilyn Nonken -- called a "determined protector of important music" by the New York Times -- who will perform the work.

Author Samantha Power to Discuss Iraq's Collateral Damage April 11
March 23--Oberlin College will conclude its 2005-2006 Convocation series Tuesday, April 11, when award winning author Samantha Power discusses "Iraq's Collateral Damage."

Acclaimed Percussion Ensemble Kroumata Performs at Oberlin College April 6
March 24--Kroumata, the Swedish percussion group known around the world for moving percussion from the back row of the orchestra into the limelight of center stage, performs Thursday, April 6, at Finney Chapel, on the Oberlin College campus. The concert, part of the College's Artist Recital Series, begins at 8 p.m.


Oberlin Conservatory of Music Celebrates J.S. Bach's Birthday with an Evening of Organ and Chamber Concerts
February 6, 2006—Numerologists might have some interesting things to say about the fact that Johann Sebastian Bach turns 321 on 3/21/06. But music, not mysticism, will be the focus when students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music present a celebratory evening of the composer's organ and chamber music Tuesday, March 21, at 8 p.m. in Warner Concert Hall. Michael Barone '68, a senior executive producer at Minnesota Public Radio and the host and producer of American Public Media's radio program Pipedreams, will be the master of ceremonies for the free, public event. The entire concert will be broadcast live on Cleveland's classical station 104.9 FM-WCLV and simulcast online.

Oberlin College to Celebrate Black History Month 2006
February 6, 2006--"Empowerment: The Essence of a Woman's Work: Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the National Association of Colored Women and the Contributions of Africana Women and Women's Groups" is the theme of Oberlin College's 2006 observance of Black History Month.

Caroline Jackson Smith Directs The Colored Museum at Karamu House
February 7, 2006—Caroline Jackson Smith, associate professor of African American studies and theater at Oberlin, is the guest director of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum now playing at Karamu's Arena Theatre in Cleveland.

Oberlin College's Ray English Named Academic/Research Librarian of the Year
February 17, 2006—Ray English, the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries at Oberlin College, is being recognized by his peers for more than two decades of dedication and hard work. English has been named the 2006 Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Oberlin College to Host the 2006 Charles Beebe Martin Lectures
February 20, 2006—Erich S. Gruen, professor of classics and history at the University of California, Berkeley, will present Oberlin College's annual Charles Beebe Martin Classical Lectures series at the end of this month.

The Oberlin College Choir Joins the Kronos Quartet for a Multi-Media Concert Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art's VIVA! and Gala Around Town Series
February 20, 2006—The Oberlin College Choir, directed by Associate Professor of Choral Conducting Hugh Floyd, will join the Kronos Quartet in a multi-media concert experience at Cleveland's Masonic Temple and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. The concert features Terry Riley's Sun Rings, an amalgam of choral music, electronic sounds from outer space, and dazzling visual projections from the Milky Way. The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) presents the event as part of its VIVA! and Gala Around Town Series.

Allen Memorial Art Museum Features Photography from Last 75 Years
February 21, 2006—Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum has put together a new exhibition tracing the physical and intellectual changes that have taken place in American photography. Drawing on its rich collection of photography, Facing America: Portraits of the People and the Land is on view in the museum's Ripin Gallery February 18 - September 3, 2006. The exhibition spans the last 75 years of photography in the United States, offering a range of viewpoints and interpretations, from idyllic and glorified images of the land to candid and unforgiving portraits of the people.

Recent Oberlin Conservatory of Music Graduates Sweep International Piano Competition
February 28, 2006—Three recent graduates of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music have taken the top three prizes in the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings, held on the campus of Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 16 - 19. All of the prizewinners were in the piano division.

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