Arts Guide 2019-2020

Upcoming Events

November 12, 2019, 3 p.m.

Tuesday Tea: Andrea Gyorody

Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discusses Pale Face, a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt on loan to the AMAM from the Neue Galerie, New York.
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November 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Presents Cantonese Opera Scenes

Cantonese opera presents stories of Chinese history and mythology with colorful costumes, distinctive falsetto singing punctuated by gongs, and intricate gestures rich with symbolism.
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November 22, 2019

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment., Photo by Courtesy of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

This endlessly inventive British period ensemble has long insisted that not all orchestras are the same. Their playgrounds include London’s Southbank Centre and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera—and for one night only, Finney Chapel.
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December 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

First Thursday: Christina Sharpe

Christina Sharpe, professor in the Department of Humanities at Toronto's York University, focuses her research on Black visual, queer, and diaspora studies. "The Guardian" named her most recent book, “In the Wake: On Blackness and Being,” as one of its best books of 2016.
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December 5, 6, 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m. and December 7, 8, 2019, 2 p.m.

Urinetown: The Musical

The government's plans to combat a 20-year drought include a ban on private toilets. The profit-driven Good Urine Company sets up public toilets, but with a catch: You have to pay to pee.
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January 29–February 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Wild Beast of The Bungalow., Photo by Ryan Bauer-Walsh

The Wild Beast of The Bungalow

Quirky and darkly comic, The Wild Beast of the Bungalow follows an 11-year-old girl through a triptych of short operas, and is the inaugural work presented by the Oberlin Opera Commissioning Project, made possible by Elizabeth and Justus ’71 Schlichting.
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April 9, 10, 11, 2020, 8 p.m.

A dance piece performed by a group of students., Photo by John Seyfried

Spring Back

The annual Spring Back performance showcases student and faculty choreography.
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About the Arts at Oberlin

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Allen Memorial Art Museum have secured throughout the world Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. Visitors to campus discover a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.

Tony Siqi Yun, champion of the 2018 Cooper Competition
Tony Siqi Yun of Toronto earned first prize and $20,000 in the 2018 Cooper International Competition for Piano. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with the orchestra.

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