The Oberlin Orchestra in China

CD Cover Recorded: December 30, 2005, at the Poly Theatre, Beijing
Released: April 16, 2007

CONDUCTOR
Bridget-Michaele Reischl

ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
James Feddeck

PIANIST
Thomas Rosenkranz

FIRST VIOLIN
John Freivogel, concertmaster
Simon Bilyk
Evan Few
Edwin Huizinga
Ingrid Karlsdottir
Mi Kyung Kim
Chloe Robinson
Alexa Schmitz
Samuel Sharp
Noah Strick
SarahTitterington
Jeffrey Young

SECOND VIOLIN
Min Kyung Kwon, principal
Yae-ri Choi
Rachel Kelly
Joseph Kneer
Shi Mei Lee
Mary Price
Samuel Quintal
Kathleen Roach
Danielle Taylor
Alfkil Wennermark

VIOLA
Laura Pearson, principal
Elizabeth Breslin
Anne Lanzilotti
David Moss
Corinne Ramey
Hannah Shaw
Rosalind Soltow
Clio Tilton

CELLO
Rachel Desoer, principal
Gabrielle Athayde
Shama Cash-Goldwasser
Paul Dwyer
Rachel Henderson
Halie Morris

DOUBLE BASS
Gerald Torres, principal
Gabriel Golden
Benjamin Grabell
Lewis Martinez

FLUTE/PICCOLO
Insung Baik
Martha Long

OBOE/ENGLISH HORN
Grace Hong
Jessica Pearlman

CLARINET
Sergiy
Dvornichenko
Andrew McCollum

BASS CLARINET
Aaron Levine

ALTO SAXOPHONE
Sarah Newman

TENOR SAXOPHONE
James Kalyn

BASSOON
Wendeline Everett
Thomas Schneider

HORN
Nicolee Kuester
Jeffrey Staulcup
Wayne VanLieu
Monika Warchol, personnel manager

TRUMPET
Avi Bialo
Michael Brest
Joseph Markoff
Max Sternberg

TROMBONE
Jeremy Buckler
Benjamin Zilber

BASS TROMBONE
Phillip Smith

TUBA
Michael Roest, orchestra librarian

HARP
Meredith Clark

PERCUSSION
Zachary Crystal
Konstantin
Dobroykov
Michael Lehman
Aaron Williams

1.
Carmen Suite No. 1: Les Toreadors
Composer: Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Length: 2:20 (mp3 sample: 1:00) Play
2.
Carmen Suite No. 1: Intermezzo
Composer: Georges Bizet
Length: 2:52 (mp3 sample: 1:00) Play
3.
Carmen Suite No. 2: Danse Bohême
Composer: Georges Bizet
Length: 4:18 (mp3 sample: 1:00) Play
4.
Ode to the Red Flag
Composer: Qiming Lu (1930- )
Length: 8:16 (mp3 sample: 1:00) Play
5.
The Good News from Beijing (1976)
Composer: Lu Zheng and Hongye Ma
Length: 3:43    
6.
Jasmine
Traditional Chinese Folksong (Arr. Lewis Nielson)
Length: 2:39    
7.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
Composer: Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
Length: 9:47    
8.
Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1
Composer: Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)
Length: 4:28    
9.
Slavonic Dance in G Minor, Op. 46, No. 8
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Length: 4:21    
10.
Rhapsody in Blue – Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
Composer: George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Length: 16:12    
11.
Star Wars: I
Composer: John Williams (1932- )
Length: 2:56    
12.
Theme from Schindler’s List – John Freivogel, solo violin
Composer: John Williams
Length: 4:10    
13.
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Composer: John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Length: 3:26    
14.
Radetzky March, Op. 228
Composer: Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804-1849)
Length: 2:44    

 

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