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Photo by Kevin Reeves

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Students crowded the Kohl Building's Clonick Hall for the Q&A session with Artist Recital Series performer Esperanza Spalding.

Photo by Kevin Reeves

Dean of the Conservatory David Stull and Esperanza Spalding during the Q&A session.

Photo by Kevin Reeves

Esperanza Spalding and her Chamber Music Society in concert in Finney Chapel.

Photo by Kevin Reeves

Esperanza Spalding and her Chamber Music Society in concert in Finney Chapel.

Esperanza Spalding Performs in Oberlin

March 14, 2011

On March 9, just weeks after winning the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist— the first jazz artist ever given that honor—singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding visited campus. She held a Q & A session with students followed by a sold-out concert that evening in Finney Chapel. During the Q&A, Spalding urged those gathered to do something to help young people explore classical music and jazz on a regular basis. If everyone gathered there made doing so their mission, she said, “in 15 years, this world would be very different.”

In the March 10 edition of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, music critic John Soeder offered a rave review of Spalding's concert, stating she gives “every indication of having a long and fascinating career ahead of her.”

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