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Columbus State University's faculty recital tonight features Lisa Oberlander

I can’t believe Lisa Oberlander has been teaching clarinet in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music for 12 years. The thing is, she still looks the same as she did when she first came to Columbus.

Her first faculty recital of the year is tonight.

Lisa’s thrilled to do this concert because she gets to work with some of her colleagues. One of them, bassoonist Ronald Wirt, has been in the department longer than practically anyone. Violist Maureen Gallagher and pianist Yien Wang are second year professors, while bassist Alexander Pershounin and oboeist Susan Tomkiewicz are the newbies.

She’s played “Trio in Eb-Major, K. 498” by Mozart and “Sonata in F-Minor, Opus 120, No.1” by Brahms at CSU before. And she’s looking forward to performing these pieces with Maureen and Yien.

Understanding Brahms

Lisa said she plays the Brahms piece as often as she can.

“Every time I play it, I hear something new,” she said. “Brahms was a really old man when he wrote it. I wonder if I have to be very old to understand it.”

It’s the first time the Schwob School has had full-time oboe and bass professors, so she’s taking advantage of their accompaniment.

The two pieces by Morton Gould and Jean Francaix are new pieces for Lisa to play. She’s really anticipating a good time playing “Benny’s Gig.” Gould wrote this for Benny Goodman’s 1960 Russian tour.

Alexander, who is Russian, is also the new jazz studies professor, taking Shirantha Beddage’s place.

Lisa calls Yien “an amazing collaborator” and likes that Yien likes to rehearse late at night.

And after 12 years here, Lisa loves her job. She loves the Schwob School, her colleagues and the students. Right now, she has 18 clarinet majors.

“I get to do so many different things,” she said. “I get to work with some really nice kids and perform with some really amazing people.”

Steeplechase news

The Columbus Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens is Nov. 7, but there are a few things you might want to know about before the tickets sell out.

First, only 300 Galloping Gourmets tickets are being sold. Area chefs make their signature dishes. These tickets are $20 in addition to admission.

The second thing is the raffle. This year, for $50, you can buy a chance to go to next year’s Belmont Stakes in New York. This prize package for four (yes, I said, four), which includes airfare, two hotel rooms, tickets to the race, limousine rides to and from the racetrack and Broadway tickets. Only 1,000 tickets are being sold. You better believe I bought a ticket.

If you want tickets to Steeplechase or these two tickets, call 706-324-6252 or go to for a link to the Web site.

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