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Artist Recital Series Begins its 130th Season with the Cleveland Orchestra on October 5th

Jul. 28, 2008

By Charlotte Landrum

Oberlin College’s Artist Recital Series begins its 130th season on October 5, 2008, with a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra and pianist Emanuel Ax, conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. From October through April, the Artist Recital Series will enrich Northeast Ohio’s cultural landscape by bringing virtuoso soloists, renowned chamber ensembles, and world-class orchestras to perform in Oberlin’s Finney Chapel, a venue praised as “acoustically wonderful” by the New York Observer’s Charles Michener.

Great variety marks this season’s offerings. Solo recitals by violinist Midori, cellist Steven Isserlis, pianist Stephen Hough, and baritone Nathan Gunn will offer intimate musical experiences. November will bring a special multi-media concert event, a collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning new music group eighth blackbird, formed at Oberlin ten years ago, and Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, that features premieres by American composers Frederic Rzewski and Steve Reich. Two local favorites, the Cleveland Orchestra and Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will present very different perspectives on symphonic music with star soloists; pianist Emanuel Ax will perform Strauss and Szymanowski with the Cleveland Orchestra, and oboist (and Oberlin faculty member and alumnus) Alex Klein will play Vivaldi and Albinoni with Apollo’s Fire. Ending the season on a high note, the legendary Juilliard String Quartet will perform Haydn, Beethoven, and Dutilleux on April 22, 2009. Among the group’s members are Oberlin alumnus Ronald Copes and new Clevelander Joel Smirnoff, who recently announced his resignation from the quartet to become president of the Cleveland Institute of Music. This will be Smirnoff’s last season after more than 20 years playing with the group.

Complete programs follow. All programs, dates, and artists are subject to change.

Subscriptions for the 2008-09 Artist Recital Series are now on sale, and those who order by September 12 will see a big savings on their second subscription. All new, non-student subscribers will receive a second subscription free with their order. Existing subscribers will receive their second subscription at half price. (Discounted or free subscriptions must be of equal or lesser value, must be ordered by September 12, and are limited to one per household.)

Subscriptions include reserved seating for all eight Artist Recital Series concerts plus free admission to three bonus events: two master classes led by the legendary operatic mezzo Marilyn Horne, on September 26 and 28, 2008, and a recital on February 25, 2009, by Nicholas Phan, an emerging young operatic tenor, presented under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s National Artist Residencies. (Admission to bonus events is $5 for non-subscribers.)

Those who make an additional donation in support of the series can become members of the Friends of the Artist Recital Series and receive more benefits, from discounts on tickets to exclusive opportunities to meet some of the stars on this year’s Artist Recital Series. Call Central Ticket Service for details.

Tickets for the Artist Recital Series are available through Oberlin College’s Central Ticket Service (CTS). Purchase tickets by phone at 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178, or in person at the CTS box office, located in the lobby of Hall Auditorium at 67 North Main Street in Oberlin. CTS is open Monday-Friday, from noon until 5 p.m. Season brochures and mail-in order forms are available upon request from CTS.

Season subscriptions, including all eight concerts and three bonus events, cost $161, with discounted prices for seniors 55 years of age and older ($130), Oberlin College ID holders (faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and area educators) ($130), and students ($54). The renewal deadline for returning subscribers who wish to keep their seats is September 12.

Single tickets go on sale on September 15. Prices vary and are listed below. Tickets are available at the door, starting one hour before the performance; however, tickets purchased at the door cost $3 more.

Since the inception of the Artist Recital Series in 1878, more than 1,000 of the most acclaimed and accomplished musicians, conductors, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and composers have graced the stage of Finney Chapel at Oberlin College. Stars of such international stature as Dave Brubeck, Alicia de Larrocha, Juan Diego Flórez, Glenn Gould, Denyce Graves, Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, Yo-Yo Ma, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Isaac Stern, George Szell, and Eugene Ysaÿe have performed under the auspices of the series. Since 1919, the Cleveland Orchestra has appeared on the series every season for a total of 206 performances under the baton of such illustrious and varied conductors as Nikolai Sokoloff (38 times), Artur Rodzinski (25 times), George Szell (60 times), Robert Shaw, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Yoel Levi, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jahja Ling, Robert Spano, Franz Welser-Möst, Mitskuko Uchida, and Steven Smith. This growing roster is more than an impressive “Who’s Who.” It is an illumination of the finest of serious music, spanning the late 19th century to the present.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College sponsors the Artist Recital Series with additional support from the Friends of the Artist Recital Series. Media sponsorship for the Artist Recital Series is provided by WCLV 104.9-FM, Cleveland’s classical music radio station; WCPN ideastream; and 89.7WKSU. Corporate sponsorship is provided by the Riverside Company.

All Artist Recital Series concerts are held at Finney Chapel at Oberlin College, 90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, Ohio. Finney Chapel is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available throughout the campus.

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 3 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183
Richard Strauss: Burleske
Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (“Symphonie Concertante”)
Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dances for Orchestra, Op. 46
Tickets: $26; Seniors and OCID $22; Students $10

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 8 p.m.
MIDORI, violin
Robert Schumann: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor, Op. 105
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Major, Op. 96
John Cage: Six Melodies
George Enescu: Sonata for piano and violin, Op. 25
Tickets: $24; Seniors and OCID $22; Students $8

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 8 p.m.
Connie Shih, piano
Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Robert Schumann (arr. Isserlis): Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, WoO 27
Felix Mendelssohn: Variations Concertantes for Cello and Piano in D Major, Op. 17
Benjamin Britten: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Tickets: $26; Seniors and OCID $22; Students $10

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 8 p.m.
Tim Munro, flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
Matt Albert, violin & viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano
with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Tim Weiss, director
Ted Rankin-Parker, cello
Alexander Overington, video artist and sound design
Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint
Steve Reich: Double Sextet (live version world premiere)
Frederic Rzewski: Knight, Death and the Devil (world premiere)*
Frederic Rzewski: Les Moutons de Panurge
Tickets: $20; Seniors and OCID $16; Students $8
*Commissioned by eighth blackbird through the generous support
of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Chicago.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 8 p.m.
Johann Sebastian Bach / Alfred Cortot: Toccata & Fugue in D Minor
Gabriel Fauré: Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major; Barcarolle No. 5 in F-sharp Minor
César Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Aaron Copland: Piano Variations
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1; Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58
Tickets: $20; Seniors and OCID $16; Students $8

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 8 p.m.
NATHAN GUNN, baritone
Julie Gunn, piano
Program to be announced
Tickets: $22; Seniors and OCID $18; Students $8

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 8 p.m.
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Alex Klein, oboe
Antonio Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454
Tomaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2.
… and more
Tickets: $20; Seniors and OCID $16; Students $8

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 8 p.m.
Joel Smirnoff, violin
Ronald Copes, violin
Samuel Rhodes, viola
Joel Krosnick, cello
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi la Nuit
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Tickets: $26; Seniors and OCID $22; Students $10

Bonus Events
Free for subscribers; price as listed for all others.
Friday, September 26, 2008, 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 2 p.m.
Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street
Tickets: $5; Students and OCID FREE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Jeremy Frank, piano
Warner Concert Hall
Music by Britten, Handel, and Schumann
Part of the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s National Artist Residencies
Conservatory of Music, 77 West College Street
Tickets: $5; Students and OCID FREE

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