CME Bangs on a Can

By Madison Warren

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Thirty years ago we started dreaming of the world we wanted to live in. It would be a kind of utopia for music: all the boundaries between composers would come down, all the boundaries between genres would come down, all the boundaries between musicians and audience would come down. Then we started trying to build it. Building a utopia is a political act — it pushes people to change. It is also an act of resistance to the things that keep us apart.  — Gordon/Lang/Wolfe

Thirty years ago on Mother’s Day in a SoHo art gallery, a one-day marathon concert spurred the development of a performing arts organization that now hosts a variety of year-round international activities. Bang on a Can, co-founded by minimalist composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe (above, photo by Peter Serling), has been dedicated to cultivating innovative music regardless of its origin. Continue reading “CME Bangs on a Can”

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Prokofiev’s Aaron and the Wolff

By Madison Schindele

17425982_1856165421075825_6979280774816272497_n.jpgChatting with cellist Aaron Wolff in the conservatory library was a lucky coincidence, for he is known for being the busiest person in the room at any given time. On Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel, Senior Concerto Competition Winner Wolff will perform Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in E Minor with the Oberlin Orchestra under Raphael Jiménez.

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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”