Artist Recital Series

Individual tickets for Artist Recital Series concerts, as well as prorated season ticket packages, are 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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Lake Como Academy Pianists

A celebration of Oberlin Conservatory’s exclusive partnership with the International Piano Academy Lake Como, one of the world’s top institutions for piano instruction. Three pianists from Lake Como will perform in this inaugural concert of the Artist Recital Series’ 138th season. Read more

Friday, October 30, 2015, 8 p.m.

Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists today. For more than 20 years, Tetzlaff has enjoyed a rich performance career numbering more than 100 concerts each year. Read more

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 8 p.m.

Nicholas Phan, tenor and Myra Huang, piano

Grammy-nominated American lyric tenor Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling tenors performing today. Known for his artful and communicative performances, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Sondheim, with the music of Benjamin Britten a particular specialty. 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

Friday, February 19, 2016, 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2 p.m.

Master Classes with
Marilyn Horne

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8 p.m.

Miró Quartet

Now in its 18th year, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for its deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. Each season, the ensemble performs throughout the world on the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics and audiences alike. Read more

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Robin Eubanks and the Mass Line Big Band

The Mass Line Big Band is the product of a year of study by Oberlin trombone faculty Robin Eubanks, whose mission was to write, arrange, and record music for a large ensemble. Consisting of standard big band instrumentation, Mass Line numbers 16 musicians hand-picked by Eubanks. Read more

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 4 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

The relationship between Oberlin College and the Cleveland Orchestra dates back nearly a century, beginning with the philanthropy of John Long Severance, an 1885 Oberlin graduate and flutist, who founded the Musical Arts Association, under which the Cleveland Orchestra was established in 1918. 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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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. For more information, call 440.775.8169 or 800.371.0178.

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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.