Upcoming Events:

Through June 5, 2016

Psycho / Somatic: Visions of the Body in Contemporary East Asian Art

In Asian thought, the body is often understood in many ways and on multiple levels simultaneously. A number of the works examine the mind-body relationship found in esoteric Buddhist traditions and how it can reveal an individual’s larger dimensions through visual quotations from religious imagery. Read more

Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 p.m.

András Schiff, piano

András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer. A prolific performer onstage and in the studio, Schiff also created his own chamber orchestra—Cappella Andrea Barca—in 1999, and he works each year with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Read more

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 p.m.

Swimming in Dark Waters:
Other Voices of the American Experience

Led by Rhiannon Giddens ’00, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Swimming in Dark Waters explores old and new songs of resistance of the South, protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the experiences of first-generation American Bhi Bhiman, an “outsider looking in” on issues of culture and race in 21st-century America. Read more

March 4 & 5, 2016, 8 p.m.

Essence Dance Concert

March 9, 11, 12, 2016, 8 p.m. and March 13, 2016, 2 p.m.


The beautiful sorceress Alcina and her sister Morgana have taken warriors and knights to their magic island and transformed them into various objects and animals. The paladin Ruggiero becomes enchanted by the sisters, but has so far escaped the fate of his comrades. Read more

April 14, 15, 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m. and April 17, 2 p.m.

Psycho Beach Party

By Charles Busch
Directed by Matthew Wright, Professor of Theater

Malibu Beach. 1962. Surf’s up, and something fishy is going down on the sandy shores. This mash-up of camp classics like Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, Mommie Dearest was created by Charles Busch, drag artist and playwright in residence of Theatre in Limbo. Read more

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8 p.m.

Brad Mehldau Trio

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has shared his gift for improvisation with audiences throughout the world for two decades. A versatile musician of great skill and curiosity, Mehldau will bring his trio to Oberlin, featuring longtime collaborators Jeff Ballard on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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About the Arts at Oberlin

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its Conservatory of Music and its art museum have secured throughout the world Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. For those who live within driving distance of Oberlin, it is a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.

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