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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, August 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet: Verona Quartet

As winners of this year’s Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, the Verona Quartet has firmly established itself as a rising ensemble, and Oberlin is delighted to welcome the group as quartet-in-residence for 2020-21.

Meet the ensemble members (including violist and Oberlin alumna Abigail Rojansky '11), in conversation with violin professor Sibbi Bernhardsson, as they chat about their selections for this performance, which includes works by Beethoven, Adolphe, and Janáček (plus a little bluegrass!).

Wondering about the name Verona? The quartet believes that the essence of storytelling transcends genre, and the name pays tribute to William Shakespeare, one of the greatest storytellers of all time..


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.


Does Beethoven Matter?
Oberlin faculty Peter Takács (piano), Jesse Jones (composition), and Annemarie Sammartino (history) delve into Beethoven's iconic identity and the enduring popularity of his music.


TIMARA in Motion
Oberlin professors Peter Swendsen, Tom Lopez, and Aurie Hsu feature electroacoustic composition with movement in this TIMARA show-and-tell.


Explorations of Difference, Injustice, and Loss: Music of Valerie Coleman
Associate professor Alexa Still and pianist Evan Hines perform works by composer Valerie Coleman and end with a discussion about American race relations.


Baroque and Beyond
Former students Ruby Brallier MM ’19 and Rebecca Landell Reed ’11 join retiring Associate Professor Catharina Meints as they discuss a shared love of historical performance and enjoy excerpts from Meints' 2019-20 performances.


Where Pipe Dreams Come True
Organ professors Jonathan Moyer and Christa Rakich and curator David Kazimir discuss Oberlin’s expansive organ collection.


Reviving Copland's Neglected Sonata
Copland's Sonata for Violin and Piano featuring violin professor David Bowlin and pianist Tony Cho, following a discussion about the work with Bowlin and teacher of music journalism Mike Telin.


Oberlin Arts and Sciences Orchestra Keeps Poulenc in the Family
Assistant Professor of Conducting Tiffany Chang ’09 chats with members of OASO and guest soloists Oberlin Professor Alvin Chow and his twin brother Alan Chow from a performance of Poulenc’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra.


Arts Bar None
Professor of Music Education Jody Kerchner joins former Oberlin Music at Grafton student choir assistants and Oberlin Strings facilitators to discuss how their community outreach at Grafton Correctional Institution has fostered new understandings for those on both sides of the bars.


Masked But Not Muted
New violin faculty member Francesca dePasquale and viola professor Kirsten Docter ’92 discuss chamber music collaboration during Covid-19. Pianist Adam Golka joins for a performance of Brahms’ Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40.


Linking Legacies
Associate Dean Chris Jenkins, pianist Dianna White-Gould ’85, and vocalist Matthew Jones perform music by Oberlin-connected Black composers. Jenkins chats with H. Leslie Adams ’55 and discusses the Black Lives Matter movement with White-Gould and Jones.

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