Oberlin College and Conservatory

Contemporary Music Ensemble with guest members of eighth blackbird

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:00pm

Warner Concert Hall
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

A concert by the Contemporary Music Ensemble led by conductor Timothy Weiss.

Guest performers will include members of eighth blackbird and Benjamin Broening, composer-in-residence.

Free admission


Tom Lopez '89: Skipping Stones (2013)

Kaija Saariaho: Amers (1992)

Lisa Kaplan: Whirligig (2013)

Derek Bermel: Tied Shifts (2004)

Benjamin Broening: What the Light Was Like (2013)

Peter Swendsen '99: Six Ways through a Glass of Absinthe (2013)

David Lang: These Broken Wings 3 (2007)

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event.


Benjamin Broening’s music couples his interest in the expressive power of sound with a sense of line derived from his background as a singer. His orchestral, choral, chamber, and electroacoustic music has been performed in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Canada, and across the United States. Recent works include a piece for flute and electronics for Camilla Hoitenga, a clarinet concerto for Richard Hawkins, a multi-movement work for Zeitgeist, a sextet for Ensemble U: (Estonia), two works for clarinet and electronics for Arthur Campbell, and choral/instrumental works for the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia and the James River Singers, as well pieces for pianist Daniel Koppelman and members of eighth blackbird.

            A recipient of a Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, Broening has also received recognition and awards from the American Composers Forum, Virginia Commission for the Arts, ACS/Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Presser Music Foundation, as well as a teaching award from the University of Richmond.

            Trembling Air, a 2012 Bridge Records release of his chamber music recorded by eighth blackbird, has been praised as “haunting,” “enchanting,” and “terrific” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “magical” (Fanfare), “other-worldly” (Gramophone), and “alluring” and “captivating” (Audiophile Audition). Recombinant Nocturnes, a 2011 disc of music for piano recorded by Duo Runedako, released on Innova Recordings, has been called a  “gorgeous disc of music” and “thoughtful, eloquent, and disarmingly direct” by New Music Box, “deep, troublingby François Couture and “Lovely, delicate, calming” by Los Angeles’ KFJC. Other recordings have been released by Ensemble U: in Estonia and on the Centaur, Everglade, Equilibrium, MIT Press, Oberlin Music, and SEAMUS record labels.

            Broening is founder and artistic director of Third Practice, an annual festival of electroacoustic music at the University of Richmond, where he is Associate Professor of Music. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Cambridge University, Yale University, and Wesleyan University.



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