The Oberlin Orchestra in China
Released: April 16, 2007
John Freivogel, concertmaster
Mi Kyung Kim
Min Kyung Kwon, principal
Shi Mei Lee
Laura Pearson, principal
Rachel Desoer, principal
Gerald Torres, principal
Monika Warchol, personnel manager
Michael Roest, orchestra librarian
Carmen Suite No. 1: Les Toreadors
Composer: Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
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Carmen Suite No. 1: Intermezzo
Composer: Georges Bizet
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Carmen Suite No. 2: Danse Bohême
Composer: Georges Bizet
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Ode to the Red Flag
Composer: Qiming Lu (1930- )
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The Good News from Beijing (1976)
Composer: Lu Zheng and Hongye Ma
Traditional Chinese Folksong (Arr. Lewis Nielson)
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
Composer: Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1
Composer: Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)
Slavonic Dance in G Minor, Op. 46, No. 8
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Rhapsody in Blue – Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
Composer: George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Star Wars: I
Composer: John Williams (1932- )
Theme from Schindler’s List – John Freivogel, solo violin
Composer: John Williams
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Composer: John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Radetzky March, Op. 228
Composer: Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804-1849)
A Message From the Dean
The China Tour: Thirteen days, nine concerts, and five cities in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. Indeed a challenge, even for Oberlin. We performed in two of the great concert halls in Asia and we played in two of the worst. We encountered standing-ovation crowds, the People’s Liberation Army as a stage crew, nationally televised broadcasts, children who revered orchestral musicians as rock stars, and periods of travel and housing that challenged the heartiest of spirits.
If you are curious about the quality of students at Oberlin today, then allow me to assure you that this tour comprised some of the most extraordinary individuals I have encountered in my career. Under difficult circumstances and tremendous pressure, they carried bags and large instruments, hustled to catch trains, persevered through equipment challenges and culinary adventures, and tirelessly gave their time for questions from all who were curious.
Through it all, they played brilliantly, never letting circumstance interfere with artistry. Bravo.
This tour was a success because of the tremendous effort by the many people involved. We would not have entertained this idea in the absence of the wonderful support of Xiaohong Chen, Sen Wang, and our own former student, Kai Fu. Their support for this tour, both financial and otherwise, was critical to its success.
James Kalyn, tour manager, worked incessantly for months pursuing every detail, and John Gilliland provided Herculean support for this endeavor. The remarkable Dr. Joseph Markoff, trustee extraordinaire, gave us great care, good humor, and terrific service as our third trumpet player. Anne Lanzilotti and Kai Fu translated with aplomb and great patience. Michael Lynn and Paul Eachus served as our intrepid sound engineers (and brilliant photographer; thanks, Mike). Thomas Rosenkranz was an inspiring and masterful soloist and an exceptionally good sport.
Marci Alegant and Andrea Kalyn were fabulous. Gabo, J, Sam, Edwin, et al transcended the call of duty on more occasions than we could count. Chris Haff-Paluck, our librarian, provided a few miracles. The percussionists were quietly professional and fantastic, as always. Our Music Director, Bridget Reischl, was magnificent. And my sincere thanks go to our President, Nancy S. Dye, for her great commitment to this project.
Most importantly, our students, faculty, and staff supported this event with energy and perseverance. Finally, the people we met in China were remarkable. It was certainly an adventure to be remembered.
I hope you enjoy this recording. It represents the outstanding work of many people on both sides of the globe, and reflects the courage and fortitude of individuals who believe that music can bring us closer together and make the world a better place.
David H. Stull
Dean of the Conservatory