Oberlin College and Conservatory

Oberlin Musical Union, College Choir, and Oberlin Choristers, Gregory Ristow '01, conductor

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

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The Oberlin Musical Union, College Choir, and Oberlin Choristers, conducted by Gregory Ristow '01, present Orff's Carmina Burana in the composer's arrangement for soloists, choir, two pianos and percussion.


Carmina Burana                                                                          Carl Orff

        Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune Empress                   

          of the World)

              1. O Fortuna

              2. Fortune plango vulnera


        I. Primo vere (Springtime)

              3. Veris leta facies

              4. Omnis sol temperat

              5. Ecce gratum


           Uf dem Anger (On the lawn)

              6. Tanz

              7. Floret silva nobilis

              8. Reie

              10. Were diu werlt alle min


        II. In Taberna (In the tavern)

              11. Estuans interius

              12. Olim lacus colueram

              13. Ego sum abbas

              14. In taberna quando summus


        III. Cour d’amours (The Court of love)

              15. Amor volat undique

              16. Dies, nox et omnia

              17. Stetit puella

              18. Circa mea pectora

              19. Si puer cum puellula

              20. Veni, veni, venias

              21. In trutina

              22. Tempus est iocundum

              23. Dulcissime


           Blanziflor et Helena (Blanchefleur and Helena)

              24. Ave formosissima


           Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World)

              25. O Fortuna


Brianna Murray, soprano

Thomas Leighton, tenor

Daewon Seo, baritone


Javier Gonzales, Elena Loskova, piano

Matthew DiBiase, Eli Gerushat, Rachel Gibson,

Julian Jacobs, John Minor, Jackson Short, percussion

Kelsey Bannon, timpani


Thomas Leighton, tenor, is from Saugerties, NY, and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent highlights in his career include appearances in Florentine Opera’s productions of Madama Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, and in the world premiere performances and recording of Aldridge and Garfein’s Sister Carrie, to be released on the Naxos label in 2017. In recent seasons Leighton has also been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras of both Milwaukee and Madison as well as Milwaukee’s Present Music, an organization committed to commissioning and producing new works. Leighton is currently a resident studio artist with the Florentine Opera Company.

Brianna Murray ’17, soprano, is in her final year of undergraduate study at Oberlin, where she studies with Marlene Rosen and will graduate with degrees in vocal performance and psychology. This past summer she performed the role of Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Bay View Music Festival. Recent performances also include Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and soprano soloist in Oberlin’s performance of Handel’s Messiah

Baritone Daewon Seo ’18, from South Korea, is in the Artist Diploma program at Oberlin studying with Daune Mahy. He has performed many roles throughout his career including Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Vater in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel with the Butler Opera Center, and the lead role in Don Giovanni with the Seoul National University Opera Theater. Seo has been winner of both the S. Livingston Mather and Lois Alba Aria competitions. He also received first prize at the Korean Art Song Competition and third prize at the Ehwa-Kyunghang Competition in Korea. Seo completed a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin.

Oberlin Choristers is the premiere children’s choir organization in Northeast Ohio. As a nonprofit, community-based choral music education program, Oberlin Choristers provides extraordinary educational and performance opportunities for children Kindergarten – 12th grade. Since its first season in 1990, master teachers of vocal music have led Choristers’ choirs. Healthy vocal production, musical literacy, and rich artistic expression are taught at each level using research-based, age-appropriate methods. This excellent instruction, paired with high quality choral literature, leads to masterful performances at all levels.

Jennifer Call is artistic director of the Oberlin Choristers and conductor of choirs at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Division. Ensembles under her direction have performed in venues nationally and internationally, including the St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans), Chartres Cathedral (Chartres, France), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin, Ireland), and most recently, Carnegie Hall (New York City). Prior to her appointment with the Choristers in 2011, she spent over a decade as an active music educator for all ages in public schools throughout Northeast Ohio. Her work in teaching the adolescent changing voice led to the creation of the Changing Voice Institute held at Oberlin Conservatory each fall. Call has been a guest lecturer at several universities and conservatories and is frequently requested as a guest conductor and clinician for honor choirs around the nation. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Ohio State University and a Master of Music from the University of Akron. Call has studied conducting with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and James Gallagher and has prepared choirs for Anton Coppola, Christopher Larkin, Raphael Jiménez, and Emmanuel Fratianni. 

Gregory Ristow ’01 is director of vocal ensembles and assistant professor of conducting at Oberlin, and conductor of the Interlochen Singers at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Prior to joining the Oberlin faculty, he served in similar roles at the DePauw University School of Music, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Lone Star College-Montgomery. He has sung professionally with Mercury Baroque and the Houston Chamber Choir and conducted professionally as artistic director of Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis, and as a guest conductor with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Voices (Rochester, NY), Foundation for Modern Music (Houston, TX), and the Gregory Kunde Chorale (Rochester, NY). Ristow is active internationally as a teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a method of music education that teaches music through movement.


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