The Cleveland Orchestra Returns to Finney Chapel

By Heewon Lee

Cleveland-Orchestra_Bryan-Rubin-Photo-editor-WEBSeeing a world-class orchestra on stage Friday evening, April 21 in Finney Chapel — the home to the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra — suddenly seemed similar but different. The Cleveland Orchestra concluded Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series with a program that featured principal players in works by Delius, Vaughan Williams, and Strauss. Continue reading “The Cleveland Orchestra Returns to Finney Chapel”

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Don’t Work Hard, Work Differently

By Heewon Lee

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When I first started playing the cello, I only touched the instrument during lessons. In my early teens, I would practice by listening to my favorite recordings of pieces, which resulted in my duplicating the performer’s mistakes. What you do in the practice room is transparent onstage, and there are no shortcuts to achieving progress — but certainly shorter, focused practice times will yield greater productively. Continue reading “Don’t Work Hard, Work Differently”

Christy Showalter Stays Personal

By Heewon Lee

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Trio-mates,  BFFs, and supportive friends will all be part of violinist Christy Showalter’s senior recital on Saturday, April 29th at 3 pm in Kulas Hall. Showalter, in collaboration with Mai Miyagaki, a chamber orchestra of conservatory colleagues, and her teacher David Bowlin, will perform works by Bach, Dvorak, Brahms, and Sarasate. The program is inspired by her favorite childhood stories and personal likings. Continue reading “Christy Showalter Stays Personal”

Diana Schwarm Earns the Glass Slipper

By Heewon Lee

Hall Auditorium was filled with buzzing conversation on Friday evening, March 10 as audience members awaited the start of Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Jules Massenet’s fairytale opera, Cendrillon (Cinderella). Sung in French, the English surtitles allowed everyone to enjoy the aesthetics of the French language while being able to understand the content. With delightful stage direction by Jonathon Field and an excellent cast of singers from leads to chorus, the performance was pure enjoyment from start to finish. Continue reading “Diana Schwarm Earns the Glass Slipper”