The first show paper of the year is here! It’s no surprise, we know, but it’s a completely jam-packed week of music. Thought we missed one? An e-mail to music at wobc dot oh-are-gee will do the trick.
Tuesday, Sept. 23
Oberlin Sinfonietta, 8 PM, Warner Concert Hall [link] – FREE
The absolutely-not-to-be-missed-highlight-seriously-we-mean-it: legendary French composer Olivier Messiaen’s breathtaking Couleurs de la Cité céleste. It’s not every day you hear this wonderful piece. Chen Yi and Zhou Long, both composers-in-residence, will be residing in the concert hall for their pieces Happy Rain on a Spring Night and Bell Drum Towers, respectively. Also, Oberlin Percussion Group, eternal favorites, play Mantle Hood’s Implosion.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
Deafheaven / No Joy, a drive’s away to the Grog Shop in Cleveland – $10
Two critically acclaimed bands: One, a trailblazing metal band “with shoegazing influence”, and the other 100% concentrated shoegaze.
Also, it’s Rosh Hashannah.
Thursday, Sept. 25
Okkyung Lee & Maria Chavez, 8 PM, Fairchild Chapel [link] – FREE
Two very special musicians collaborating for what should be a special night. Okkyung Lee is at the forefront of contemporary cello improvisation; we will bet some substantial amount of money that she will make sounds come out of the cello you did not think were possible to come out of a cello. Maria Chavez is a sound artist and DJ with a highly unique turntable technique.
Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, 8 PM, Finney Chapel [link] – FREE
If you’re tight with the Teutons, you’ll love the Chamber Orchestra’s all-German program. It begins with some drama: music from Beethoven’s Fidelio overture and Wagner’s Seigfreid and Forest Murmurs. That’s right, Wagner in the concert hall, not in the opera house – not an every day occurrence. It closes with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” symphony, no. 5, if you’re keeping count.
Mount Eeerie / Hundred Waters, 10 PM, The Oberlin ‘Sco [link] – $7 w/ OCID, $15 w/o
Mount Eerie is the the captivating project of Washingtonian Phil Elverum. It seems to occupy some manageable area (indie folk; avant-folk; contemporary folk; singer-songwriter folk) and then quickly spreads its musical tentacles to many fascinating regions. Meanwhile, Hundred Waters compliments them – we hear from an inside source that they are “very talented musicians”.
Friday, Sept. 26
Contemporary Music Ensemble, 8 PM, Warner Concert Hall [link] – FREE
It’s CME time again! Contemporary classical music! Composers-in-residence Zhou Long and Chen Yi have two more of their pieces performed. Also featured, a very recent (2013) bassoon concertino called Bassoon Concertino by Augusta Read Thomas and a quite old (1974) collection of scherzi called Scherzi by Bernard Rands.
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, 10 PM, The Oberlin ‘Sco [link] – $5 w/ OCID, $8 w/o
Yeah yeah yeah, it’s a long band name, but by the time you say their name, it only takes that short amount of time to fall in love with this band. They’re sometimes called “emo-revival”; they have 8 members; they have a cellist. What else do you need to know?
Saturday, Sept. 27
Oberlin Orchestra, 8 PM, Finney Chapel [link] – FREE
A pre-20th century free program for the Orchestra – a 1954 piece by Alberto Ginastera, a world-premier (!) of Ricardo Lorenz’s “Olokun’s Awakening” and… surely America’s favorite piece of music ever written for the orchestra, with the possible exception of the theme from Jaws, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue! They’re playing it! Faculty piano soloist Sanford Margolis plays the trombone. Just kidding, he plays the piano.