Oberlin College and Conservatory

Contemporary Music Ensemble: Gregory Ristow ’01, conductor

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

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

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A performance by the Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Gregory Ristow ’01, with guest Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor.


Entr’actes and Sappho Fragments (1964) 25'         Sir Harrison Birtwistle

         Set I      

                  Entr’acte I

                  Entr’acte II

                  Entr’acte III

                  Entr’acte IV

                  Entr’acte V

         Set II

                  Entr’acte I

                  Cantus I

                  Entr’acte II (2nd version)

                  Cantus II

                  Entr’acte III (2nd version)

                  Entr’acte IV (2nd version)

                  Cantus III

                  Entr’acte V (2nd version)

                  Cantus IV

                  Cantus V



Katherine Lerner Lee, soprano

William Adams, flute   Willam Welter, oboe

Daphne Pickens, violin   Josephine Stockwell, viola

Ina McCormack, harp   Justin Gunter, percussion


- Pause -


Tituli (1999) 42'         Stephen Hartke

       I. Lapis niger (The Black Stone)         (b. 1952)

         II. Dedicatio (Offering)

         III. Columna rostrata (Triumphal Monument)

         IV. Elogium parvuli (Epitaph for a Small Boy)

         V. Tabula Panormi (Shop-sign from Palermo)

         VI. Sortes (Oracles)

         VII. Instrumenta (Inscriptions on Portable Objects)


Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor

Nicholas Music, Matthew Straw, Jedidiah Rellihan, tenor

Joseph Klinger, baritone

Liuwenji Wang, violin  

Louis Pino, Justin Gunter, percussion


Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor, a DePaul University alumnus, received a Netherland America Foundation-Fulbright Fellowship to study from 2000-01 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands.  In the ensuing decade Mr. Schlesinger performed with the Netherlands Opera, the Dutch Reisopera, sang as a soloist in the Concertgebouw-Amsterdam and Palais des Beaux Arts-Brussels, and performed in Japan, Israel, and Europe.  Upon returning to the United States Mr. Schlesinger sang as a soloist with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Madison Bach Musicians, and Seattle Pro Musica.  He has recently joined local Cleveland choirs: Quire Cleveland, Contrapunctus, and Apollo's Fire.  After many years of being a wanderlust troubadour he is finally settling down and raising three adopted children in Northeast Ohio.

Event Type

Master Class, Music


Academic, Conducting and Ensembles, Administrative, Conservatory of Music


Free Admission

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