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Welcome to Oberlin Stage Left

There's one stage left—and we're making the most of it!

Join us for a series of online programs featuring Oberlin’s own faculty and students, as well as fascinating guests from around the globe.

It will be fun, it’ll be informative, it’ll be distinctly Oberlin. And it will carry us all through the days till we share the music together—in person—again.

Without further ado…please direct your attention Stage Left!

Stage Left Events


NEXT EVENT: Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Does Beethoven Matter?

A seemingly rhetorical question but as the world celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Oberlin faculty members Peter Takács (piano), Jesse Jones (composition), and Annemarie Sammartino (history) delve into his iconic identity and the enduring popularity of his music by posing some profound questions: What is a masterpiece? What is genius and who decides? Did Beethoven’s towering presence open or close doors to future composers? Listen in to this Con/College Café discussion as Stage Left considers Beethoven’s legacy and what might be said about him 250 years from now.

Upcoming Events

New events added weekly


Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
TIMARA in Motion

Join Professors Peter Swendsen, Tom Lopez, and Aurie Hsu for a Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) show-and-tell. In line with the departmental mission—to study connections between music and other art forms such as dance, theater, video, and film—the three explore similarities and differences in approaches when combining electroacoustic composition with movement.

Oberlin Stage Left: On Demand

Yolanda Kondonassis

Yolanda Kondonassis Performs Ginastera
Discussion and performance related to Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.

Peter Carlin

Biographer Peter Carlin Talks Brian Wilson and More
Ethnomusicology professor Kathryn Metz leads a discussion with rock music biographer Peter Carlin.


Interview with the film Composed’s Rachael Lander
Flute professor Alexa Still leads a discussion with cellist Rachael Lander. Use this link to view COMPOSED.


Beat the Blues with Broadway!
Professors Jamie O’Leary and Chris Mirto lead a virtual celebration of reasons why it's a good day to be fabulous—even in the era of COVID-19.


Rands at Oberlin Pre-Release Listening Session
Celebrating the release of Oberlin Music’s Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra with Professor Robert Walters and composer Bernard Rands.


Story Time with The Sneetches and Oberlin Orchestra
A family-friendly broadcast of Oberlin’s 2013 release of Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches, featuring an introduction from Professor Steven Plank.


David Bowlin and Tony Cho Perform Strauss' Violin Sonata
Professor David Bowlin and pianist Tony Cho perform Richard Strauss’ warmly romantic Sonata for Violin and Piano. Introduction of the piece by Bowlin.


Oberlin Sinfonietta Performs Kati Agócs' Vessel
Composer Kati Agócs discusses Vessel with conductor Timothy Weiss before Oberlin Sinfonietta presents the 2011 work recorded in Warner Concert Hall.


Oberlin Remembers Kent State
Gregory Ristow ’01 and Helen Paxton ’73 reflect on the 1970 Kent State shootings, followed by the archival performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass performance at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral.


What Does it Mean to be a "World Musician"?
Composer Osvaldo Golijov joins conductor Raphael Jiménez for a wide-ranging conversation exploring what it means to be a "world musician".


All That Jazz with Fortner, Hall, and Ferrazza
Professors Bobby Ferrazza and La Tanya Hall chat with Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner before footage of Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy's Club in NYC.


Rites of Spring
Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture by the Oberlin Orchestra prior to its 2016 appearance at Chicago's Symphony Center followed by Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.


"Dance of the Woodwinds" with Sarah Gibson
In a conversation with Oberlin's Tim Weiss, composer Sarah Gibson discusses her inspiration for Pas de deux which is followed by Oberlin Sinfonietta’s performance of the piece.


Beat the Blues with Broadway: SETH RUDETSKY EDITION!
Seth Rudetsky '88 shares stories only the Broadway insiders know in this special edition of BBB hosted by Jamie O’Leary and Chris Mirto!


Making Sense of Pandemic Academics
Oberlin Faculty Moyer, Jolly, McDonald, and Still discuss their shared experiences and what they've learned so far in virtual teaching during a pandemic.


Surround Sound, Oberlin Style
Excerpts from Oberlin's 2018 "prism concert" following a greeting from Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences David Kamitsuka, and Dean of the Conservatory Bill Quillen.

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