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Oberlin to Celebrate Bassist Milt Hinton

Free film, tours, talks and music June 12

Milt Hinton

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, will present the inaugural Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass, a week-long program for college and pre-college bassists that takes place on the Oberlin campus June 8-15. As part of the event, the institute will present “Celebrating Milt Hinton,” a free, daylong public festival in honor of the late bassist and photographer on June 12 featuring film, tours, talks and music.

The celebration will culminate with an evening concert and reception in Oberlin Conservatory’s Warner Concert Hall. Events of the afternoon and evening on June 12 feature a guided tour of Oberlin’s special collection of Hinton’s papers and photographs, a film about his life, and performances by institute fellows and faculty, some of whom will play on the instrument Hinton used during his career. All festival events are free and open to the public.

“Celebrating Milt Hinton” will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a guided tour of the Hinton estate collection and photographs. Conservatory Special Collections Librarian Jeremy Smith will lead the tour. At 4:30, the film Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton will be screened at Oberlin’s Apollo Theatre. Following the film at 5:30, Hinton expert David Berger and principal guests of the Institute, among them friends and colleagues of Hinton, will lead a short talk about Hinton’s life.

The 8 p.m. performance in Warner Concert Hall will be accompanied by a multimedia presentation of Hinton’s photographs projected onstage and will feature performances on Hinton’s instruments. Institute fellows performing include Richard Davis, John Clayton, and Rufus Reid. Institute faculty performing include Diana Gannett, Jerry Jemmott, Donovan Stokes, Philip Alejo and Oberlin faculty Scott Dixon and Peter Dominguez, director of the institute and festival.

“Celebrating Milt Hinton” venues:

• Oberlin Conservatory and Warner Concert Hall are located at 77 W. College Street, Oberlin, Ohio.

• The Apollo Theatre is at 19 E. College Street in Oberlin.

More information about Hinton and Oberlin can be found online at Oberlin or by contacting Oberlin Conservatory Communications at 440-775-8328.

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