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John de Lancie Narrates The Sneetches 

When: Tue., April 17 2012
Phone: 440-775-8121
Price: Free
www.oberlin.edu/conservatory
William Shatner isn’t the only Star Trekker in town this week (see Saturday’s events listings). John de Lancie —the nefarious Q from Next Generation — drops into Oberlin’s Music Conservatory tonight, April 17, where he’ll narrate a world-premier presentation of the symphonic poem The Sneetches. We think Theodor Geisel would approve of the treatment given to his 1961 tale satirizing the silliness of discrimination. Tonight’s new work aims to use the universal language of music to achieve the same ends. The piece was privately commissioned from renowned Spanish composer Lorenzo Palomo, who will be in tonight’s audience. It’s an important tool for teaching tolerance, says Conservatory dean David H. Stull, “especially as a parable for addressing many of the challenges we face today.” Also on the program, works by Glinka, Gershwin, and Tchaikovsky. The performance by the Oberlin Orchestra begins at 8 p.m. It’s free, open to the public, and tickets are not required.

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