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This Week in Photos: Rhythm

May 6, 2022

Yvonne Gay

Two students wearing cultural robes dance on a stage.
Photo credit: Clarissa Heart '20

The artistic display of dance, poetry, and music that students brought to the stage in Finney Chapel marked the return of a cherished Oberlin tradition—Colors of Rhythm. The annual talent showcase highlights the work of students of color, and serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.

A person play guitar on stage and another person listens.
Photo credit: Clarissa Heart ’20

Since its inception in 1997, Colors of Rhythm (CoR) has provided a forum for disenfranchised student artists and performers of color. Presented annually, this event began as a constructive protest against what students found missing from the curriculum and academic departments that Oberlin did not cover. Through the years the event has become one of several signature programs hosted by the Multicultural Resource Center

This year cultural performances, readings, and other artistic forms were presented by more than 10 group and single student performers, including works by OSLAM, the African Students Association, Oberlin College Taiko, and the South Asian Students Association.

See more photos from Colors of Rhythm 2022 on Oberlin’s Flickr page.

Our photo tour continues with a concert by jazz alum Kassa Overall ’05 in the ’Sco; a solo performance by pianist and Oberlin 2021 Concerto Competition winner Leo Choi; the Jed Deppman Translation Symposium in Craig Lecture Hall; a reading by Peter Stephan Jungk in German House; a talk by President Carmen Twillie Ambar in Dye Lecture Hall; music by the Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble in Finney Chapel; and a winning match by the women’s tennis team.

A DJ on performs at a nightclub.
Jazz alum Kassa Overall '05 in concert. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25 
A piano player plays in front of an orchestra.
The Oberlin Orchestra performed under the direction of guest conductor James Feddeck (BM ’05, MM ’06), principal conductor of Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Italy. Pianist Leo Choi, a 2021 Oberlin Concerto Competition winner, appeared as soloist. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
A students looks at a piece of paper with symbols on it.
Fifteen translations were featured in the Jed Deppman Translation Symposium. The annual multilingual event celebrates Oberlin students' literary translation. Lawrence Venuti, professor emeritus of English at Temple University served as keynote speaker. Venuti is a translation theorist and historian as well as a translator from Italian, French, and Catalan. Photo credit: Carissa Heart '20
A woman raises her hands passionately in front of an audience.
President Carmen Twillie Ambar addressed junior and senior students about the first 90 days on the job as they prepare to go into internships and work experiences this summer. Photo credit: Scott Shaw
A man hits a large drum.
The Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble performs in Kenny’s unique, versatile and vibrant style. The ensemble features prominent musicians in contemporary Japanese music with a jazz sensibility, on taiko, flute, vibes, shamisen, and koto, in dynamic original compositions. The CEM includes three to five musicians from Japan and the U.S. Photo credit: Clarissa Heart ’20
A teenis team congratulates each other.
The Oberlin College women's tennis team beat the DePauw University Tigers, 5-0, to take third place in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Photo credit: Amanda Phillips


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