Imani Winds led a Q&A (with pizza!) with students this week at the Con Annex. They were terrific in sharing strategies for launching young careers, how to get the most out of your Oberlin years, and in relating some stories from their own time on campus (Toyin Spellman-Diaz and Monica Ellis are Obies). George Sakakeeny, Richard Hawkins, Robert Walters, and Alexa Still were among the faculty in attendance.
All photos by Erich Burnett.
On Monday at 11:50 am, in the Con Annex, Imani Winds will hold a Q & A session.
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The best classical album of 2013: Jeremy Denk, Goldberg Variations
Let’s play a game of word association. Ready? Goldberg Variations. If your response is Glenn Gould, you’re not alone. The close association is enough to prevent some from ever trying a new recording. Denk smashes through preconceptions and produces an overwhelmingly original account of a piece we thought we all knew. Denk’s recording, coincidentally released the week after receiving the prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant,” is quirky, emotionally compelling and dazzling. Denk brings out Bach’s great “curlicues, eddies and whirlpools” (as he describes in the eloquent video liner notes on an accompanying DVD) with an uncluttered freshness and simplicity. He cleverly sets the Gould standard aside, and maybe it’s about time.
Roomful of Teeth, which includes member Dashton Burton ‘05, just won a Grammy for this album. That’s right, a Grammy!
Boris Popadiuk ‘14 (cello, first on left in top & middle photos) is in South Korea this month to perform and offer outreach activities in the greater Seoul area with Obie alumni already living in the country, and here are some pics of his adventures!
Top: Before the last rehearsal, tea time at Hope Church with Sun-Hwa Kim ‘04 and Hye Youn Lee ‘08.
Middle: A small Obie reunion in Seoul with Caroline Rogers ‘13, Gail Schwieterman ‘13, Jung Tae Shon ‘10, and Hye Youn Lee.
Bottom: Sun-Hwa Kim (piano), Boris (cello), and Jungwon June Kim (violin) ‘11 perform at Asan Hospital.
Here is the program from Asan:
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