How to Experience Southern Hospitality Next Saturday Without Actually Traveling to Texas

Image courtesy of Gwen Goble

“Everything is nebulous and time is fake,” oboist Gwen Goble said when asked about her 344th day at home since Oberlin Conservatory shut down due to the pandemic. Though the Northeastern Ohio school has allowed students to return to campus since last August, Goble opted to stay home and continue her studies remotely for both the fall and spring semesters.

In her third year at the conservatory, Goble’s primary focus this spring has been on preparing her junior recital, which streams live on Saturday, March 6 at 4:30 pm EST. A native of Keller, Texas, Goble is commemorating her tenth year of playing with an unaccompanied program — including a diverse array of composers, ranging from C.P.E. Bach to Jenni Brandon. 

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The Violin Channel Launches Vanguard Concerts

by Nicolette Cheauré

One of the most prominent news sources for all aspects of classical music, The Violin Channel is no stranger to delivering important and engaging content. Whether it’s audition announcements, concert broadcasts, competition coverage, guest artist masterclasses, album releases, or interviews and obituaries, The VC is happy to supply.

They have even more to share with eager audiences as of late — a new ten-part concert series, The Vanguard Concerts, co-produced by the VC founder Geoffrey John Davies, performing arts executive Charles Letourneau, and the Alphadyne Foundation. With many performing seasons taking a backseat as a result of safety precautions amid the pandemic, these stellar artists can safely come together and do what they love most — create beautiful music to share with listeners around the world. As a bonus, the series was designed to help those whose careers have been disrupted, and provide for the artists to freely use their recordings as promotional material while being supported financially.

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Junior Recital: Jackson Wu

Jackson Wu, a jazz guitarist from Needham, Massachusetts, will take the stage on March 2, at 7:30 pm at Oberlin’s Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse for his Junior Recital. A double degree student in the College and Conservatory, Wu is pursuing his studies in Computer Science, as well as Jazz Guitar under the mentorship of Bobby Ferrazza.

Wu’s extravagant program will include a wide range of genres, featuring works by Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, Johnny Mandel, and Wu himself. He will be joined by his quintet, Noah Kawaguchi on tenor sax, Abe Gold on piano, Kamran Curlin on bass, and Tim Voet on drums. 

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Pokemon x Post Malone Concert Preview

By Milend Kolbet

February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST marks the start of a year-long online concert series like no other. In celebration of 25 years of global success, the Pokemon Company has decided to branch out from its marvelous world of fictional characters to bring us a whole new form of entertainment, the P25 Music program. Starting with Post Malone’s Feb. 27 concert these events will be on Youtube, Twitch, and Pokemon.com. P25 will host several other artists and events throughout the year, some of which will be announced at the end of the program.

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A Conversation with Composer Du Yun on Upcoming Youngstown Performance and Masterclass

When composer, activist, and performer Du Yun recounts her music making process, a few words come to mind. Conviction. Dialogue. Truth. Described by The New Yorker as “irrepressible” and “idiosyncratic”, her seditious writing unites the far-reaching edges of artistry and awakens what it means to create in the 21st century. Combining orchestral music with opera, chamber music, noise, electronics, theater, cabaret, oral tradition, indie pop, avante garde, and all that exists between, Du Yun imagines a world where classical music knows no boundaries. 

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