Con Launches New Radio Program
The Conservatory will be riding the Cleveland airwaves in style beginning on Sunday, Nov. 11. The Con’s newest pet project, Oberlin Presents, will be aired at 10 a.m. on 104.9 FM, WCLV, Cleveland’s classical station, and hosted by classical radio personality Assistant to the Dean Fadel Friedlander-Fulkerson. An hour-long weekly broadcast, the show will comment on the musical arts, rich with connections to our own Conservatory.
“We are very pleased to expand our long and tremendously successful relationship with WCLV,” said Conservatory Dean David H. Stull. “Oberlin Presents will allow the communities of Greater Cleveland and Lorain County to experience the great performances and outstanding musicians that we are pleased to host at Oberlin.”
Only weeks after lauded mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne left campus, having unloaded her knowledge on lucky voice majors, the opera star is back to elaborate on the bel canto repertory in a discussion with Friedlander-Fulkerson. “The Bel Canto Revival with Marilyn Horne” will feature not only Horne’s reminiscences, but also segments of the more notable operas in the genre.
If opera is not to your taste, then tune in the following week for “Journeys in Conducting with Professor of Conducting Robert Spano,” which will air Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. Spano, OC ’83, is the music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has garnered international recognition for his skill in conducting. Since graduating from the Con, he has won five Grammy Awards.
Friedlander-Fulkerson herself will bring a considerable amount of musical insight to the program. Now living in Oberlin, she has had an extensive education in the classical repertory. At age 15, she began studies with Julliard’s Alice Howland at the North Carolina School for the Arts. Later, she continued vocal studies with the Met’s Rose Bampton at the Manhattan School of Music, as well as with other famous opera coaches such asWagnerian specialist Walter Taussig.
Friedlander-Fulkerson’s radio experience is highlighted by her shows in her hometown of Louisville, KY, where she hosts “The Art of Great Singing” on the city’s classical music station, 90.5 FM, WUOL. The program features the classic hits of opera, offering a discourse through which Friedlander-Fulkerson can share her love of the genre.
This is not the first time that Oberlin has found itself on the air. In fact, Music from Oberlin, a weekly broadcast that was aired nationally 1964 through the mid-80s, featured music recorded here on campus. The Con also pops up regularly in the WCLV show On Stage.
But the Con isn’t necessarily satisfied with a medium so transient as radio. Wishing to put down tracks in a more permanent manner — and flying in the face of illegal music downloading — the Con has created Oberlin Music, a commercial label featuring Oberlin artists. The label debuted with two large-scale compilations, Beauty Surrounds Us and The Oberlin Orchestra in China, two albums which the Con hopes will communicate the passion and talent of the school to the outside world. These first recordings were produced off-campus, but in the future, facilities on campus will be used.