Artist Recital Series

Tickets for Yo-Yo Ma's November 20 performance at Finney Chapel are sold out.

Individual tickets for all other Artist Recital Series concerts, as well as prorated season ticket packages, are still available through Central Ticket Service, located in the lobby of Hall Auditorium. Season tickets can be purchased by phone at 440-775-8169 or in person between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 8 p.m.

Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces


Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces is a celebration of the new recording of the same name, conceived by Oberlin faculty harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and slated for fall release by Oberlin Music. Read more

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8 p.m.

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

Across a career that has spanned some 75 albums, cello master Ma has displayed a fervent passion for exploring new ground and sharing his gift with audiences in a multitude of settings. Ma’s visit to Oberlin will feature the talents of his longtime collaborator, pianist Kathryn Stott. Sharing stages since 1985, Ma and Stott also won Grammy Awards together in 1999 and 2004. Read more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

Marin Alsop

Oberlin’s ties to the internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra run deep: from the great contributions of philanthropist John Long Severance (an Oberlin graduate who helped give birth to the orchestra and funded its home venue) to the tradition of orchestra members who teach at Oberlin and conservatory graduates who go on to careers with the orchestra. Read more

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 4 p.m.

Imani Winds and Gilbert Kalish, piano

Imani Winds

Featuring Oberlin alumni Toyin Spellman-Diaz ’94 on oboe and Monica Ellis ’95 on bassoon, Imani Winds is beloved for its spirit of adventure and broad range of influences. A favorite performance partner of Imani Winds, fellow New Yorker Gilbert Kalish serves on the faculty at Stony Brook University. Read more

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8 p.m.

George Li, piano

George Li

A native of Boston, Li made his performance debut at age 10 and later won first prize at Oberlin's inaugural Cooper International Competition in 2010. He also earned first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2010 and won the Gilmore Young Artist Award in 2012. Read more

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 4 p.m.

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

Susan Graham


Dubbed “America’s favorite mezzo” by Gramophone magazine, Grammy-winner Graham revels in her passion for the French song repertoire and contemporary American compositions. Read more

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4 p.m.

Takács Quartet

Takács String Quartet

Founded in Hungary in 1975, the Takács Quartet has been drawing international acclaim for almost as long, earning a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2003. Read more

Bonuses for Subscribers

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2 p.m.

Master Classes with Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne

Location: Finney Chapel (directions)

One of the world’s greatest operatic mezzo-sopranos, Marilyn Horne has been hailed by Opera News as perhaps “the most influential singer in American History.” Read more

Violin 2013 | Piano 2014
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Concerto-round performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Competition is presented by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. The competition provides more than $20,000 in prize money and concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

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Friends of the ARS

Donors help support the longstanding tradition of musical excellence Oberlin College brings to Northeast Ohio. We encourage you to become a Friend of the Artist Recital Series. Friends of the series reaffirm the value placed on music within our communities and allow Oberlin to sustain the elevated level of programming for which it is known. Donations are tax deductible.

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About the ARS


Oberlin College’s esteemed Artist Recital Series is one of the oldest continuing concert series in the United States. Since its inception in 1878, more than 1,000 of the most acclaimed and accomplished musicians, conductors, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and composers have graced the stage of historic Finney Chapel. Stars of such international stature as Dave Brubeck, Alicia de Larrocha, Juan Diego Flórez, Glenn Gould, Denyce Graves, Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, Yo-Yo Ma, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Isaac Stern, George Szell, and Eugene Ysaÿe, to name but a few, have performed under the auspices of Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series, enriching the college, the town of Oberlin, and northern Ohio. This growing roster is more than an impressive “Who’s Who.” It is an illumination of the finest of serious music, spanning the late 19th century to the present.