Oberlin Musical Union

Parkorn Wangpaiboonkit, manager

The Immortal Beethoven

May 2014

From Dr. Harris:

For our May concert we will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Mass in C. Although not as well known as the titanic Missa Solemnis, the work possesses the same excitement and revolutionary spirit present in much of Beethoven's oeuvre, while at the same time being steeped in a similar 18th century artistic aesthetic as his contemporaries Mozart and Haydn. This performance will mark Musical Union's first collaboration with the new Arts and Sciences Orchestra, conducted by Professor of Accompanying and Coaching Philip Highfill.

For those of you who will be local during July of 2014 we have a very unique event planned. The Oberlin Conservatory, in collaboration with Credo Chamber Music, will sponsor a special performance of Haydn's Creation at Cleveland's Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra) led by internationally acclaimed conductor John Nelson. The chorus will be made up of volunteer singers from all across northeast Ohio, and I hope that you will be our foundation for this unique opportunity. More information on this event will come later in the year.

In the meantime, I hope you contact your friends, family, accountants, and invite them to join us for our 176th season. Because of your help in recruiting last summer, our membership from fall of 2011 to the fall of 2012 increased by 25%, which is HUGE! Here is a flyer that you may post anywhere you think would see the most foot traffic, or send to friends and family. Again, you are our greatest resource; I sincerely hope you will all get the word out to as many people as possible in order to maintain the growth that we are doing so well with. In fact, I want to challenge everyone here to bring one person with them to rehearsal on the 9th. With possible performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem on the horizon I want to be sure that our numbers are at their absolute peak. Keep up with the good work! We will be accepting new members until October.

Rehearsal and performance schedule



MU Resources

Our next concert is:

Sunday, May 4th at 8 pm in Finney Chapel, conducted by Philip Highfill and choral direction by Jason Harris.

Program and YouTube links to works:

Audio        PDF p/v score      Cyberbass note learning website

Some folks report troubles with the Cyberbass site. Windows depends on the Windows Media Player, You may need a plugin to get Media Player to work properly, depending on the browser you use. I've used it with the following combinations with no trouble:

Windows 7:

Internet Explorer, Chrome (must have WMP plugin), Firefox

Macintosh, current versions of:

Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari

You will have to grant permission to QuickTime and/or JavaScript to run to get it to play properly. A known problem is Macs can't adjust the tempo of the playback. As always, if you have trouble with one web browser, please try a different one.

Still having trouble?  Here is what they have to say about troubleshooting and browser settings.

DO make sure that the final link becomes your best friend as we work through the Beethoven. The website will play your part prominently in midi format while the other three choral parts and piano reduction shadow you for harmonic and rhythmic reference. It is a wonderful tool.

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Musical Union rehearses Monday nights from 7:15-9:30pm onstage in Finney Chapel or other locations as announced. Musical Union is open to all who wish to join, student or community resident alike.