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Itzhak Perlman, Herbie Hancock, and a Buy One Get One Free Package for New Subscribers Highlight the 2011-12 Artist Recital Series at Oberlin College

Aug 11, 2011

Legendary artists Itzhak Perlman and Herbie Hancock headline Oberlin College’s 2011-12 Artist Recital Series, one of the nation’s longest-running concert series. Now in its 133rd year, the season will also feature a thrilling array of award-winning artists and ensembles, including celebrated pianist Jeremy Denk (OC ’90), Cleveland’s own Apollo’s Fire, Renaissance sacred music masters The Tallis Scholars, the cutting edge International Contemporary Ensemble, the renowned Cleveland Orchestra, and master classes by legendary soprano Marilyn Horne.

For new subscribers, Oberlin College is offering a buy one get one FREE package that translates into a savings of up to $185. Subscription details and a full calendar of events follow this release.

2011-12 Season
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, along with pianist Rohan De Silva, opens the season on Sunday, September 11, at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel. Treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond to his remarkable artistry, Perlman is “an ambassador of the joys of music throughout his illustrious career …” (Toronto Star). Recipient of the nation’s highest honors, including the Medal of Liberty and the National Medal of Arts, he enjoys legendary status as both musician and humanitarian. From his film collaborations with composer John Williams and Director Steven Spielberg, to his pioneering performance with the Israel Philharmonic in history-making concerts in Eastern bloc countries and the Soviet Union, Perlman has done it all, and to the sheer delight of audiences that transcend generations and nationalities.

Several brilliant performances will take place in January 2012 in conjunction with the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s inaugural Steven and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. The Institute, which will occur biennially, will unite aspiring young writers with leading national music critics including Alex Ross (New Yorker), Anne Midgette (Washington Post), Tim Page (author, professor, and former critic at the Washington Post), and Heidi Waleson (Wall Street Journal). Artist Recital Series subscribers will receive complimentary admission to all Rubin Institute events. More information on the Institute will follow in a separate press release.

The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Oberlin for their 211th appearance on January 18 at 8 p.m. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead the orchestra, which has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. Pianist and Oberlin alum Jeremy Denk ’90, whom the New York Times calls “bracing, effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous,” will perform on January 19. January 20 brings Apollo’s Fire—recently named “the USA’s hottest baroque band” by Classical Music Magazine—to Finney Chapel for a concert titled Vivaldi and Rameau do Battle With Nature.

“One of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music” (New York Times), the International Contemporary Ensemble, founded at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music by Claire Chase ’01, will premiere a piece by Pulitzer prize-winning composer and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Composition in Residence David Lang. The January 21 performance will be the final concert of the inaugural Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.

Hailed as “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” (New York Times), The Tallis Scholars are recognized as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Performance highlights include a 1994 appearance in the Sistine Chapel that marked the final stage of the restoration of the Michelangelo frescoes. Lead by director Peter Phillips, the ensemble will return to Oberlin College on February 15.

“Probably the greatest operatic soprano in the world” (Operatic News), Marilyn Horne, Oberlin’s distinguished professor of voice, will present master classes on Friday, February 24 and Sunday, February 26. These classes are Artist Recital Series Bonus Events and a unique opportunity for all to listen and learn as a musical legend works with Oberlin voice majors. They are open to the public and free for subscribers.

Herbie Hancock continues to be known as a true icon of modern music and remains where he has always been: in the forefront of world culture, technology, and music. His illustrious career includes an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards, including 2008’s Album of the Year. “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him,” declared jazz great Miles Davis. Hancock will perform in Finney Chapel on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, bringing the season to an illustrious close.

All concerts take place in historic Finney Chapel, praised as “acoustically wonderful” by New York Observer’s Charles Michener. All programs and artists are subject to change. Information is also available online at

Subscriptions and Single Ticket Sales
Oberlin College is offering a buy-one-get-one-FREE package that translates into a savings of up to $185 (offer ends Friday, September 9). The benefits of subscribing to the Artist Recital Series include savings of about 33 percent off single ticket prices, free admission to bonus events, priority seating, and advance notice of upcoming events. Season subscriptions, which include all seven Artist Recital Series concerts and admission to two bonus events—master classes with Marilyn Horne—cost $185 (a $270 value). Prices are discounted for seniors 55 years of age and older and for those with an Oberlin College ID $160 (a $200 value). Student subscriptions cost $60 (an $85 value). The renewal deadline for returning subscribers who wish to keep their seats is August 26.

Subscriptions to the 133rd season of Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series are on sale now, and are available through Oberlin College’s Central Ticket Service (CTS). Purchase tickets by phone at 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178; in person at the CTS box office, located in the lobby of Hall Auditorium at 67 North Main Street in Oberlin; or use the downloadable order form available online at CTS is open Monday-Friday, from noon until 5 p.m. Season brochures and mail-in order forms are also available from CTS upon request.

Single tickets go on sale September 1. 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 (with the exception of the Marilyn Horne master classes).

Friends of the Artist Recital Series
Donors support the long-standing tradition of musical excellence that Oberlin College brings to Northeast Ohio, ensuring that Artist Recital Series performances continue to be a source of enjoyment for music lovers of all ages and a cultural jewel for the community. Donations are tax deductible, and donors receive a range of benefits at different giving levels, including recognition in concert programs; discounts of 10 to 25 percent on subscriptions; and invitations to exclusive receptions with visiting artists, subject to their availability. To join or renew support as a Friend of the Artist Recital Series, or for more information, call 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178 or visit

About the Artist Recital Series
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 210 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 from 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 89.7 WKSU. 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, September 11, 2011, 8 pm
, violin
Rohan De Silva, piano
*Tickets: $42 Public, $32 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8 pm
Franz Welser-Möst,
*Tickets: $37 Public, $27 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 8 pm
*Tickets: $37 Public, $27 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Friday, January 20, 2012, 8 pm

*Tickets: $37 Public, $27 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8 pm

*Tickets: $37 Public, $27 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 8 pm

*Tickets: $37 Public, $27 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 8 pm
*Tickets: $42 Public, $32 Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, $12 Students

Bonus Events
Free for subscribers; price as listed for all others.
Friday, February 24, 2012, 8 pm
Sunday, February 26, 2012, 2 pm

Tickets: $5; Students and OC Staff & Faculty FREE

* All tickets $3 more at the door

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