Upcoming Events:

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8 p.m.

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Virtuoso jazz violinist Regina Carter will bring her tour program, Simply Ella to Oberlin’s Finney Chapel. Read more

March 7, 9, 10, 2018, 8 p.m. and March 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of the Henry James novella showcases the dramatic tension of the original work and introduces a score that juxtaposes tonality and dissonance in quintessentially Britten fashion. Read more

Friday, March 30, 2018, 8 p.m.

Brentano String Quartet

Celebrating 25 years in 2017, the Naumberg Award-winning Brentano String Quartet revels in playing music very old and very new—and its Oberlin performance will follow suit, with Rennaissance-era madrigals paired with the 2011 piece From the Fifth Book, which was commissioned for the quartet and composed by Oberlin Professor Stephen Hartke. Read more

April 5-7, 2018, 8 p.m.

Spring Back

A twice-annual tradition presented each semester, Fall Forward and Spring Back are designed around a central theme and feature the work of student choreographers. Read more

April 12, 14, 19, 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m./1 p.m.; April 13, 14, 20, 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2

This two-time Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece comes to life in an innovative, epic production. Read more

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8 p.m.

Gerald Finley, bass/baritone; Michael McMahon, piano

Celebrated on concert stages and in opera halls throughout the world, Gerald Finley shines in a broad range of repertoire. His Oberlin engagement will include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and others. Read more


Ongoing Art Exhibitions:

August 15, 2017 to May 27, 2018

Maidenform to Modernism: The Bissett Collection

Enid and Joseph Bissett were among the most important donors to the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, giving 24 artworks during the 1950s and 60s. Read more

August 15, 2017 to May 27, 2018

This Is Your Art: The Legacy of Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson ’33 often told students in her contemporary art course, “This is your art,” insisting that they investigate the sometimes obtuse (and frustrating) art of their own time before it had been digested and normalized by art history. Read more

December 19, 2017 to July 1, 2018

A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Japanese Prints

From depictions of Japan’s “floating world” in ukiyo-e prints of the 18th century to the sōsaku-hanga “creative prints” movement of the 20th century, this exhibition illustrates the breadth of the Allen’s Asian collection. Read more

January 4, 2017 to July 15, 2018

Handle with Care: Embracing Fragility

Works by Marsha Brown, Toni Catany, Chuck Close, Raquelín Mendieta, and Liliana Porter explore how materials can take on gendered and racialized connotations based on their physical fragility. Read more

February 6, 2018 to May 13, 2018

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings

Treasured for their innovation and ability to capture the human psyche, Rembrandt’s etchings in college and university art collections in the United States have long inspired research, technical investigation, and multidisciplinary teaching approaches. Read more

Piano 2018 | Violin 2019
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 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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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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