Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Elizabeth Swados, Creator of Socially Conscious Musicals, Is Dead at 64

Elizabeth Swados, a composer, writer and director who fashioned a unique style of socially engaged musical theater, drawing on a global menu of musical styles and a street-level engagement with the politics of the dispossessed, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 64.  The cause was complications of surgery for esophageal cancer that she had undergone in April, her wife, Roz Lichter, said.  Ms. Swados (pronounced SWAY-dose) was already a talent to watch when, while still a student at Bennington College, she provided the music for Andrei Serban’s adaptation of “Medea” at La MaMa, the downtown Manhattan avant-garde theater.  more

Two new music journals in the Conservatory Library! Music & Literature | Sound On Sound

New in Con Periodicals - come in and take a look at them!

Sound On Sound
Music and Literature

Pierre Boulez, French Composer, Dies at 90

Pierre Boulez, the French composer and conductor who was a dominant figure in classical music for over half a century, died on Tuesday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the Philharmonie de Paris. “Audacity, innovation, creativity — that is what Pierre Boulez was for French music, which he helped shine everywhere in the world,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement.  More

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Oberlin Conservatory Library January hours

Conservatory Library
Closed on Monday, January 18 
(Martin Luther King Day)
9a - noon
1p - 4:30p

The Most Shared Classical News Stories of 2015

Classical music is often vastly overshadowed by popular culture on social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To put things in perspective, Lang Lang has 277,000 followers on Twitter. Justin Bieber has 71.8 million. But in 2015 classical music did, on occasion, break into the broader social media conversation in a big way. more

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Brian Alegant Honored as a Professor of the Year -- Excellence in Teaching and Service

Brian Alegant is named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and he is the first music professor to have earned this award.  As a professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory, Mr. Alegant has explored the notion of "scuba diving" in his teaching, focusing on covering less material in greater depth. And he says he never teaches the same class in quite the same way. Instead of lectures, quizzes, and examinations, Mr. Alegant’s curriculum for budding musicians uses self-designed projects and self-assessment, drawing from every genre to help "students to engage with the music they love as deeply and rigorously as possible," he says. "I am motivated by a desire to share the transformative power of music — my awe of it."  More

Monday, November 9, 2015

Jim and Susan Neumann’s Bee Hive Records

Mosaic Records has recently released The Complete Bee Hive Sessions (#261) as a twelve-disc, limited edition box set, making this material available on CD for the first time ever.

Bee Hive Records was founded by Jim and Susan Neumann, donors of the James R. and Susan Neumann Jazz Collection in the Conservatory Library’s special collections.
The label was active from 1977 to 1985, releasing seventeen LPs that featured an impressive roster of established jazz talent.  All seventeen LPs have been individually cataloged and digitized by Oberlin and are available to stream for Oberlin students and staff.

The Mosaic box set features the majority of the material from the original LPs along with a variety of previously-unreleased content.  Oberlin’s copy is number 0149 of an edition limited to 5,000 albums.