Arts Guide 2019-2020

Upcoming Events

September 22, 2019, 4:30 p.m. , 7:30 p.m. and September 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

A scene from the Uzawas' noh performance., Photo by Courtesy of the Uzawas

Experience the World of Japanese Noh Theater

Uzawa Hisa and Uzawa Hikaru, mother and daughter actors from Tokyo’s Kanze School of Noh, will perform excerpts from the Japanese Noh plays Atsumori and Hagoromo.
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October 3, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

First Thursday: Chelsea Foxwell

Chelsea Foxwell, associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago, presents “Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: The Past and Present of Nihonga.”
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October 8, 2019, 3 p.m.

Tuesday Tea: Ann Sherif

Professor of East Asian Studies Ann Sherif discusses ukiyo-e prints depicting kabuki actors, nō dance and song, and bunraku puppetry in the current exhibition “Japan on Stage.”
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November 6, 8, 9, 2019, 8 p.m. and November 10, 2019, 2 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream., Photo by Arthur Rackham Alamy Stock Photo

A Midsummer Night‘s Dream

Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream has become one of the most frequently performed operas from the second half of the 20th century.
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November 7, 8, 9, 2019, 8 p.m.

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

Fall Forward

Presented each year, Fall Forward showcases student and faculty choreography.
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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, 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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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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