Artist Recital Series

Individual tickets for Artist Recital Series concerts, as well as season ticket packages, are available through Central Ticket Service, located in the lobby of Hall Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 440-775-8169 or in person between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through September 17, first-time subscribers to the Artist Recital Series can buy one subscription and get the second one free. BOGO offer applies to full subscriptions only.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 8 p.m.

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers have shared their virtuosic bluegrass with Oberlin since 2013 in their role as the inaugural artists in the conservatory’s American Roots Residency program. Read more

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 8 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

A cornerstone of the Artist Recital Series, the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra has performed in Oberlin every year since 1919—some 240 concerts in all. Read more

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4 p.m.

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

He has been called the finest English pianist of the last 50 years. Benjamin Grosvenor first earned widespread acclaim as the winner of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition for piano—at the tender age of 11. Since then, he has performed with preeminent orchestras and in premier concert halls throughout the world. Read more

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4 p.m.

Tessa Lark, violin; Andrew Armstrong, piano

Violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Andrew Armstrong will be performing on this Artist Recital Series in Finney Chapel in place of violist Lawrence Power, who had to cancel his appearance this season. Read more

Friday, February 16, 2018, 8 p.m.

Roomful of Teeth

The innovative vocal ensemble, featuring Oberlin’s own Dashon Burton ’05, will perform a program that includes Partita for 8 Voices, a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece by member Caroline Shaw. 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

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

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 p.m.

Marilyn Horne Master Classes

Heralded mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne returns for her 13th annual master classes, featuring performances by outstanding Oberlin Conservatory voice students selected through competitive audition. 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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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.