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”

Cleveland Orchestra Presents Delius, Vaughan Williams and Strauss

By Hannah Schoepe

Romantic soundscapes sculpted by orchestral playing of the highest magnitude shaped The Cleveland Orchestra’s program on Friday evening April 21st, in Oberlin Conservatory’s historic Finney Chapel. Anticipation grew steadily as the concert hall rapidly filled with a diverse audience ranging from students, to young families, to elderly community members. Everyone eagerly awaited the downbeat that guest conductor Sir Andrew Davis would give the world-renowned ensemble. Continue reading “Cleveland Orchestra Presents Delius, Vaughan Williams and Strauss”

Ninety-nine concerts of TCO on the program, ninety-nine concerts of TCO

By Colin Roshak

Every year Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series brings some of the biggest names and most exciting musicians to rural Ohio. As per tradition, on Friday, April 21, the Cleveland Orchestra found its way to Finney Chapel for their yearly performance. Approaching their hundredth year, the Orchestra sounds as vibrant as ever. Under the expert direction of guest conductor Andrew Davis, the Orchestra gave a poised and calculated performance, rounding out the 139th year of the Artist Recital Series. Continue reading “Ninety-nine concerts of TCO on the program, ninety-nine concerts of TCO”

Breathing New Life into Classical Music

By Samantha Spaccasi

Gabriel-1It’s no secret that American orchestras are in trouble. In 2011, the Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy, while the American Symphony Orchestra encountered monetary trouble in 2015, forcing it to cut its Vanguard concert series from six performances to four. The Washington Post reported last year that many major orchestras seemed to be “playing it safe” with their programming for the 2016-2017 season, stating that though “Brahms and Beethoven and Tchaikovsky are all great,” there is a fear that newer, lesser-known works will frighten away potential audience members. Continue reading “Breathing New Life into Classical Music”