The next concert in Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series will be presented by renowned early music ensemble ACRONYM at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15.
For the first time in 142 seasons, a concert on this famous series will take place in the Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory, the majestic 496-seat concert hall designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki and built in 1964. space is a primary performance venue for Oberlin Conservatory Programs.
Founded in 2012 by former students of Oberlin, baroque band ACRONYM is dedicated to giving modern premieres of wild 17th century instrumental music. They have released ten critically acclaimed feature films since 2014. Recent projects include first performances and modern recordings of works by Biber, Rosenmüller and Capricornus. The band’s latest album, Obsolete hymn (2020), presents the first recordings of almost lost works from the Swedish Düben collection.
The creation of ACRONYM is the direct result of a PhD thesis project by Kivie Cahn-Lipman ’01. His experience of uncovering buried manuscripts and creating an edition of Johann Pezel’s early baroque sonatas eventually led to ACRONYM’s central mission – to discover, transcribe, record and give modern premieres of the long-forgotten music of this era.
For this performance, the band’s first gig on campus since early 2014, they’ll perform their imaginative “Dreams of the Wounded Musketeer” program, set to the final moments of a military trumpeter as he relives the swirling music that shaped his life.
The music used to illustrate the life and times of this fictional soldier was written by a list of fairly well-known and much less well-known 17th-century composers, including Heinrich Biber (1644-1704), whose programmatic combat piece Battaliaserved as inspiration for the story.
A nine-member ensemble for this performance includes Cynthia Black, violin and viola; Kyle Miller, viola; Doug Balliett, violinist; Joshua Stauffer, theorbo; and Elliot Figg, harpsichord and organ. Oberlin Conservatory alumni participating in this program include Grammy-winning violinist Johanna Novom ’07, tenor viol player Cahn-Lipman, bass viol player Loren Ludwig ’99, and Oberlin’s new visiting assistant professor. baroque violin, Edwin Huizinga ’06.
Huizinga thrives in both baroque and modern repertoire. He has toured across North America, Europe and Asia with Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, the Wallfisch Band, Aradia Ensemble, Apollo’s Fire and the Theater of Early Music. He has also been guest director of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, guest artist of the I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, and guest concertmaster of the New Dutch Academy and the Kansas City Baroque Orchestra.
As part of this short residency, Novom and Cahn-Lipman will host public baroque violin and baroque cello master classes for Oberlin students at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14.
Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Warner Concert Hall
77 College Street West
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Individual tickets for the ACRONYM show are $35 for the general public. Discounted tickets are $30 for seniors, military, and Oberlin College staff, faculty, and alumni. Student admission is only $10.
They are available online and by phone at 800-371-0178. Customers can also purchase them in person between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Oberlin College’s Central Ticket Service, located at 67 N. Main Street in the lobby of the Eric Baker North Performing Arts Complex.