You'll be amazed at how much is happening in the Arts at Middleburyeverything from plays, to concerts, exhibitions, films, dance, behind-the-scenes events, and more.

COCOON Brings True Stories to the Stage October 17

October 6, 2015

The Mahaney Center for the Arts hosts the 3rd annual live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth. Six storytellers will present true stories around the theme of “roots.”

The Nile Project to Perform at Middlebury College April 2

April 13, 2015

This musical collaborative of East African artists drawn from the eleven countries along the Nile will visit the Middlebury College community March 30-April 3. Come ready to dance at the final concert April 2.

Euripides' Hecuba: A Symposium

July 1, 2014

In conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance's upcoming production of Hecuba, the Department of Classics hosts a symposium October 29–30 centering on Euripides' gripping tragedy.


Middlebury College 26th Annual Carillon Series Begins July 1

July 1, 2014

The beautiful sounds of ringing bells will fill the air again this summer, as the 26th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 7:00 P.M. in and around Mead Memorial Chapel.

British Pianist Paul Lewis Continues Schubert Piano Cycle

July 1, 2014

An audience favorite and a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Paul Lewis plays the second in a series of five Schubert concert programs: 12 Waltzes, Four Impromptus, Hungarian Melody in B Minor, and Sonata No. 18 in G Major.

Middlebury Audience Favorite Paul Lewis Continues Schubert Piano Cycle

July 1, 2014

British pianist Paul Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation. This concert is the third in a series of five concerts in his worldwide Schubert project, performing all of the composer's mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards.

Big Action Performance Ensemble Presents “Everyone Can Dance”

July 1, 2014


In reaction to dance competition reality shows that evaluate who is qualified to dance, Big Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE) presents Everyone Can Dance, a community-based performance project celebrating the contagious allure of movement and the dynamic capabilities of the human body, March 18 and 19.

Balla Kouyaté and World Vision Bring the Sounds of Mali to Middlebury

July 1, 2014

Master balafon player Balla Kouyaté will perform music from the griot tradition of Mali on Friday, February 17, 2012, at 8:00 the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. His ensemble World Vision, fresh from a performance at the Kennedy Center, will join him with acoustic guitar, tama (talking drum), djembé/banjo, electric bass guitar, and vocals.

Third Annual Middlebury Bach Festival Takes Place April 26-28

July 1, 2014

Guest conductor Martin Pearlman, conductor of Boston Baroque, joins Middlebury students, affiliate artists, faculty, and professional musicians from Vermont and greater New England for this popular festival celebrating the music and influence of Johann Sebastian Bach. Three days of musical events will bring the College and town of Middlebury together, modeled after the way the famous organist/composer worked in Leipzig over 275 years ago.

Miles Donahue Quintet Brings Leading Jazz Artists to Middlebury

April 14, 2014

Affiliate artist Miles Donahue will lead an all-star lineup of jazz players in a public concert on May 2: Jerry Bergonzi on saxophone, Alain Mallet on piano, Ralph Peterson on drums, and John Lockwood on bass. Admission is free, and concertgoers will receive a free CD.

Fourth Annual Middlebury Bach Festival Takes Place April 25-27

April 8, 2014

World-renowned Bach scholar Christoph Wolff joins students, affiliate artists, faculty, and professional musicians from Vermont and greater New England for this popular 3-day festival celebrating the music and influence of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Middlebury Celebrates “The Place of Dance” April 6

March 21, 2014

Honoring the publication of Andrea Olsen’s new book, The Place of Dance, with three public events will take place in April: a photography exhibition; an experiential anatomy workshop; and a collaborative performance of dance, music, light, and text.

Winter Storm Causes Cancellation of Elias String Quartet Appearance on Wednesday, March 12

March 13, 2014

Due to Winter Storm Vulcan’s effects on travel throughout the northeast, the Elias String Quartet’s lecture-demonstration, planned for Wednesday, March 12 at 4:30 P.M., has been canceled. However, the Quartet’s formal concert on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 P.M. is still planned to go on as scheduled at the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. As the weather develops, patrons may check the website or call 802.443.MIDD (6433) for updates.

Juilliard President Joseph Polisi to Speak at Middlebury March 1

March 4, 2014

Dr. Joseph Polisi will deliver the public lecture "The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience" at the Mahaney Center for the Arts March 1. His speech is in conjunction with the College’s dedication of a new Steinway concert grand piano, given by the Rothrock Family in honor of Jessica and Ron Liebowitz.

Middlebury College Celebrates Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 8

November 22, 2013

For 42 years, Middlebury service of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas has been a treasured Addison County holiday tradition. A large audience of both College and community members and families will fill Mead Chapel to share in a sense of community and hopefulness of the season.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents “Pentecost” November 21–23

November 20, 2013

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage an ambitious production of David Edgar’s extraordinary 1994 play, drawing on a cast of 28 students, college professors, and professional actors, speaking in twelve different languages. Directed by Richard Romagnoli with Alex Draper ’88.

“Figures of Speech” Dance Concert Takes the Stage December 5–6

November 19, 2013

Middlebury College seniors Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 and Amy Donahue ’13.5 will perform their choreographic thesis work in a joint concert December 5 and 6. Their distinct approaches to movement will converge in one evening of diverse solo and group work, presented in a reconfigured performance space.

Middlebury Dance Program Presents Fall Dance Concert "Press/Release"

November 8, 2013

The Middlebury College Dance Program presents the newest works by students and faculty on November 22 & 23. The eight individual dances in “Press/Release” add up to an evening of work that celebrates the full circle of inspiration, manifestation, and sharing in the creative process. Coordinated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen.

Middlebury Hosts COCOON, Inspired by The Moth, October 25

October 10, 2013

Middlebury College hosts the live performance event “Cocoon,” inspired by popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall. The diverse range of stories will be told by a hand-picked group of students, faculty/staff, and community members around the theme of metamorphosis.

“Word Becomes Flesh” Brings Urban Hip-Hop Theater to Middlebury Sept. 20 and 21

September 6, 2013

The Performing Arts Series kicks off the 2013–2014 season with the hip-hop theater work Word Becomes Flesh, presented by San Francisco-based company the Living Word Project. Created by groundbreaking American artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and performed by an exceptionally talented cast of emerging poet-performers, Word Becomes Flesh fuses tender stories, playful wit—and at times, purposeful rage—to give voice to the complexities and contradictions surrounding race, gender, and parenthood in America. Two public performances on September 20 and 21 will cap off a week of residency activities on campus.

Middlebury College's 28th Annual Carillon Series Begins July 5

June 17, 2013

The beautiful sounds of ringing bells will fill the air again this summer, as the 28th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 5:00 P.M. in and around Mead Memorial Chapel. Each year, musicians from around the world come to Middlebury to perform in the Chapel’s soaring tower high above the College campus. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.

François Clemmons Sings A Joyous Farewell

April 26, 2013

Beloved Middlebury College tenor François Clemmons will give a special performance filled with songs, stories, and surprises on Friday, May 10 at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The program will include a selection of American Negro Spirituals, popular showtunes, and other musical treats, interspersed with personal anecdotes and audience participation. Clemmons, who has performed and taught at Middlebury since 1997, plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents Provocative Drama “The Castle” May 2–4

April 23, 2013

Director Richard Romagnoli may be North America’s foremost authority on contemporary British playwright Howard Barker’s controversial work. Set in the 13th century, “The Castle” follows a group of Crusaders who return home to find their world utterly changed. This epic work is filled with dark humor, bawdiness, and violence, and is for mature audiences only.

Three Senior Dance Majors to Share Final Concert April 19–20

April 18, 2013

Middlebury College seniors Davis Anderson, Jessica Lee, and Hannah Pierce will combine their diverse Interests and choreography in a joint concert April 19 and 20. Driven by dramatically different visions and processes, their movement research raises important questions about the complex intersections of body politics and identity, the impact of changing environments on human movement, and the art of performance.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents “Undressing Cinderella” April 10-13

March 22, 2013

Director and alumnus Andrew Smith sorted through 101 scripts to create the inaugural Middlebury New Play Festival. Playwrights around the country were asked to turn the classic fairy tale inside out, using any character other than Cinderella as the main focus. Fourteen of the best submissions will make up two dynamic evenings of theatre, presented in alternation, April 10-13 at Wright.

Dance Company of Middlebury Premieres “Simply Light”

December 19, 2012

DCM celebrates its 30th anniversary with a premiere performance January 25 and 26, featuring dance artists from the past, present, and future. Then the company heads out to Smith College, San Francisco, and the Monterey Institute for International Studies for a week-long tour.

Middlebury Dance Program Presents “Mosaics from the Underground”

November 14, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the fall concert of new works by Middlebury dance students and faculty, November 30–December 1 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. This mosaic of eleven individual dances creates an evening of work that celebrates the synthesis of disparate ideas.

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at Middlebury College November 15–17

November 12, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance continues its fall season with William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a play of impulsiveness, melancholy, and exile. Director Cheryl Faraone sets this new production in the early 20th century, a time when the world tipped over and all was irrevocably changed.

Affiliate Artist Collaborative Performance November 3

November 2, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Music's talented and diverse group of professional musicians and teaching artists will come together at the Mahaney Center for the Arts for a collaborative concert on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 P.M.

Mahaney Center for the Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary

September 10, 2012

The Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a season packed with hundreds of concerts, plays, museum exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. An early highlight of the season is the Clifford Symposium on Creativity and Collaboration, hosted by the Mahaney Center for the Arts on September 27-29, 2012.

“Serious Money” Plays May 3-5 at Middlebury College

May 3, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Serious Money, a play by Caryl Churchill, and directed by Cheryl Faraone, May 3-5. Set in the trading pits and board rooms of London’s financial district, known simply as “the City,” the play explores themes of greed, power, and politics.

Four Middlebury College Seniors to Share Dance Concert

April 20, 2012

Middlebury College senior dance majors Sarah Chapin, Alicia Evancho, James Moore, and Alexandra Vasquez will showcase their thesis work in performance and choreography in a joint concert, Consequence: The Senior Dance Concert, on April 20 and 21.

Choreographer Kyle Abraham Explores Communication in “The Radio Show” March 16-17

March 16, 2012

Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion delve into identity and personal history in a performance of The Radio Show. Creating an abstract narrative around the loss of communication, he investigates a community’s reaction to the abrupt discontinuation of a radio station and how Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia impact a family.

Acclaimed Cellist Sophie Shao Performs with Lithuanian Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute

March 9, 2012

Award-winning cellist Sophie Shao, a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, will return to perform a vivid duo program featuring works by Beethoven, Kirchner, Janáček, and Franckwith rising star pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute on March 9. Shao’s knack for gathering graceful combinations of musicians is a testament to her collaborative strengths.

“Maverick Cellist” David Darling Performs at Middlebury March 8

March 8, 2012

Middlebury College students will host the Grammy-winning musician David Darling in a campus residency including music jams, movement classes, a lecture, and a free public concert. A former member of the Paul Winter Consort, Darling is a master collaborator who brings his music to bear on issues of environmentalism, spirituality, and social progress.

Rethink, Rebuild, Remember

March 11, 2012

One year after the devastating earthquake that struck Japan, Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff will reflect on the anniversary with a series of cultural events, including theatrical readings, guest speakers, and a faculty panel discussion. The events, to be held between March 11 and April 5, will also raise funds for the ongoing relief efforts halfway around the globe.

“The Art of Success” Plays November 17-19 at Middlebury

November 18, 2011

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance present a play by Nick Dear, directed by Richard Romagnoli. Based on the life of 18th century painter and engraver William Hogarth, this bawdy comedy uncovers the dark underbelly of 1700s London.

Jeremy Cline Presents “Climbing on the World Tree”

November 4, 2011

Middlebury College senior Jeremy Cline ’11.5 presents his thesis dance work November 18-19. A joint major in dance and religion, Cline focuses his work on elements of ritual performance and investigates the nature of our relationships with spirit.

Middlebury College Theatre Season Opens with BIG LOVE

October 19, 2011

Big Love, an emotionally extravagant comedy by OBIE Award-winning playwright Charles Mee, opens the 2011-2012 theatre season with performances October 27-29 at Wright Theatre. Loosely inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, Big Love takes us on a whimsical journey from Greece to Italy, when 50 Greek brides are betrothed against their will to their American cousins.

Site-Specific Artist Patrick Dougherty Returns to Middlebury College

October 7, 2011

The College community bids farewell to the wooden sculpture "So Inclined" with a public lecture by artist Patrick Dougherty on October 28. The enchanting, community-created, sculptural project has stood outside the Mahaney Center for the Arts for the past four years. Dougherty will discuss his world-wide projects and commissions since that time.


September 23, 2011

Middlebury and Amherst College jazz groups make music together on October 10 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The concert echoes a landmark collaboration between jazz greats Count Basie and Duke Ellington, 50 years ago.

New Opera Lotus Lives to Premiere at Middlebury

September 16, 2011

From composer Su Lian Tan and librettist Anne Babson comes this bold new experiment in opera, featuring an accomplished international group of artistic collaborators: Brenda Patterson, soprano; Miriam Gordon Stewart, soprano; Meridian Arts Ensemble; video set designer Tim Bartlett ’98, and a host of others.

Peals and Pipes at Middlebury

July 21, 2011

Hans Hielscher, the brilliant carillonneur and organist from Wiesbaden, Germany, pays a midsummer visit to Middlebury College to perform in two concerts at Mead Memorial Chapel: a carillon concert on Friday, July 29 at 7:00 PM (the “peals”), and an organ recital on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM (the “pipes”).

Middlebury Bach Festival, May 6-8, 2011

May 3, 2011

The first of its kind, this community-wide Festival will further the appreciation of the music, life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach by providing College and community audiences with three days of performances and interest sessions May 6-8, 2011.

Senior Dance Majors Perform April 15-16

March 25, 2011

Alena Giesche, Catherine Miller, Christian Morel, and Heather Pynne will create a collaborative evening of work centered on the theme of relationships, with each choreographer bringing her or his own unique insight to the topic.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents EURYDICE

March 21, 2011

Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl's dreamlike retelling of the Orpheus myth asks: what would any of us do with a second chance? Directed by Alex Draper '88, with actors Gillian Durkee ’12, Willy McKay ’11, Dustin Schwartz ’11, and others.

A Whirlwind Theatre Trip to NYC

March 17, 2011

A group of 40 students and faculty from Middlebury's Theatre Program recently spent a Saturday in New York City to see two amazing productions: "The Diary of a Madman," starring Geoffrey Rush, and "Beautiful Burnout," by Frantic Assembly/The National Theatre of Scotland.

Opening a Museum Treasure

February 18, 2011

On Thursday, members of the Museum community gathered to watch as Associate Curator of Ancient Art Pieter Broucke and the Museum staff opened a crate containing a Roman imperial period bust from the third century C.E. Watch a slideshow>>

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