This fall’s slate of Schwob School of Music performances kicks off Thursday night with a recital by Lisa Oberlander — and friends.
“I chose the people that I wanted to play with first and then I chose pieces that would use them,” said Oberlander a Columbus State University clarinet professor. “So I picked people who I know are great performers, fun to work with, hard workers, are as interested in excellence and perfection as I am.”
Oberlander will take the stage with four other faculty members, with three of the five performing in three successive pieces.
Her co-performers are Boris Abramov, violin; Anna Dodd, horn; Tatiana Muzanova, piano; and Paul Vaillancourt, percussion.
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Both Abramov and Muzanova were recently students, recruited by Schwob professors Sergiu Schwartz and Alexander Kobrin, respectively.
Oberlander said both Schwartz and Kobrin are high-level performers and professors, so it was natural for them to recruit high-level students.
But her idea for a performance like this began with Dodd, who’s taught horn part-time for a few years before recently moving into a full-time position.
“Since I knew I wanted to work with her, I thought, ‘Well why not use as many people as possible?’ Really because it’s fun for me,” Oberlander said. “I could pretend like it’s to expose them to Columbus but really it’s because that’s what I want to do.”
The five have been rehearsing pretty heavily for a few weeks. Oberlander said it’s fun, if intense — the trick is to work out the trouble spots, to know what to expect.
It’s like mapping out a route ahead of time, Oberlander said. So that performing in concert allows you not to worry about the GPS.
“You’re just communicating with each other and having fun and if you’re communicating with each other and having fun, the audience can tell,” she said.
Abramov said performing in this recital is a “special treat.”
The night’s first piece, Louis Karchin’s “Rustic Dances,” sees the different instruments passing the melody around.
Fittingly, the night’s final piece is entitled “Contrasts,” by Béla Bartók.
Performing in a group is a test of adaptation, Abramov said.
“When you get together, it’s completely different,” he said. “ That’s the beauty of when things go right.”
Schwob’s fall schedule
Following the opening recital, the Schwob fall schedule includes more than 30 performances through the beginning of December.
November will see the bulk of performances, with the Schwob Concerto Competition on Nov. 2, performances by the CSU Wind Orchestra (Nov. 17) and CSU Contemporary Ensemble (Nov. 15) and more. The month ends with a recital from guest artist and cellist Imre Kalman.
The majority of the Schwob performances will be held at the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway, and are free.