Josh Ritter and Hilary Hahn: Rock meets classical violin at Oberlin


Josh Ritter: Lush instrumentation and Dylanesque lyrics.
For those of us who like to pretend we’re into high culture, Thursday’s Hilary Hahn and Josh Ritter concert at Oberlin should provide bonus points for the year. First, there’s Ritter, an Oberlin alum and singer/songwriter who sounds like a blast from a more artful pop past. He’s got Dylanesque lyrics, a soulful voice, and lush instrumentation that lends a tinge of irony to whatever he’s doing. On his most recent album, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, he manages to bust out memorable tunes about the atomic bomb, girls’ underwear, and the “last great romantic...” Then there’s Hahn, a violinist who, at the ripe age of 28, has already won a Grammy and been named America’s best young classical musician by Time magazine. She’s planning to perform Bach and Paganini, while Ritter rocks out to some of his best numbers, including “Girl in the War” and “Kathleen.” They’ll also play together. It all starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel, at the corner of Lorain St. (Route 511) and N. Professor St. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For more info. –Lisa Rab


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