April 2, Thursday

The Nile Project

8:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Social Space


Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero are joined by musicians who live along the world’s longest river for a boundary-crossing evening of new music. The Nile Project, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, hopes to spread the musical traditions of the 11 countries touching the Nile, using music to raise awareness for the area’s environmental and cultural challenges. The group’s first recording, Aswan, was named one of NPR’s Top Five Must-Hear International Albums of 2013. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, with additional support from the Arts Council, Mahaney Center for the Arts, and the Department of Music. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the online box office>>



April 2–4, Thursday–Saturday

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

7:30 PM each evening, plus 2:00 PM on Saturday only; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Once upon a time—in 2005—a 20-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after. Directed by Alex Draper '88; sponsored by the Theatre Program. Post-show talk on Friday. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale March 16. Go to the Box Office>>


April 4, Saturday


3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” who makes the best of her loneliness by seeking love at social dance clubs for singles. When she meets Rodolfo, their intense passion leaves her vacillating between hope and despair. Set in Chile, this film is “interested in the way a humble individual destiny illuminates the condition of a society still shadowed by its history of military dictatorship and political violence”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain, 2013, 110 minutes) Free

April 4, Saturday

The Miles Donahue Quintet

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate Artist Miles Donahue, playing saxophone and trumpet, leads an all-star lineup in celebration of jazz. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free






April 6, Monday (through April 14)

Color Photography

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

Students in John Huddleston’s ART 328 Color Photography class present their images of portraits, landscapes, and everything in between. The photographs show a wide range of conception and form. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Sally Caruso ’15.5, color digital photography, 8 x 10 inches


April 8, Wednesday

Jeffrey Buettner:

One City, Three Faiths, Four Chaplains, and a Choir

4:30 PM, Mead Chapel

Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey Buettner joins College Chaplains Laurie Jordan, Ira Schiffer, Naila Baloch, and Beau Scurich in this public talk. Presented as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free



April 10, Friday

Open Studios

Johnson Memorial Building

In conjunction with the Spring Student Symposium, the Johnson Building studios are open throughout the day for viewing new work and works in progress. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Ben Goldberg ’14 working on his painting in Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint ART 370



April 11, Saturday

The Lunchbox

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A middle class Mumbai housewife tries to gain the attention of her neglectful husband with a special lunchbox delivered to him at work. When it’s mistakenly delivered to another worker—a lonely man on the verge of retirement—the mishap launches a series of lunchbox notes between the two and a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. “A feel-good movie that touches the heart while steering clear of expectation”—Jay Weissberg, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany/USA, 2013, 104 minutes) Free


April 12, Sunday

Dubravka Tomsic, piano

3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys “something of a cult status among pianophiles” (Gramophone Magazine), with performances that convey “heroic power and Olympian vision” (Los Angeles Times) as well as “splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety” (Boston Globe). Tomsic performs Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major and Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata on the first half of this recital, and an all-Chopin program after intermission, including fantasies, nocturnes, and the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, op. 22. Series director Paul Nelson gives a pre-concert talk on the 95-year history of the Performing Arts Series at 2:00 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series; made possible with support from Performing Arts Series Society members Rob and Marny Lichtenstein, with gratitude to Paul Nelson. Reserved seating. Tickets: $20/15/6.  Go to the online box office>>

Photo Scott Campbell


April 17, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum

Take a closer look at an object from the museum’s collection with the Robert F. Reiff intern. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

April 17, Friday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

8:00 – 10:00 PM, 51 Main

The College’s 17-piece big band swings into spring with music that’s been dubbed America’s National Treasure.  In previous appearances at 51 Main, the band played to full houses that didn’t want the music to end.  This is sure to be another great evening. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


April 18, Saturday

Child’s Pose

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this sharply crafted family thriller, a steely Bucharest architect is determined to keep her 30-something son out of jail after a deadly car crash. A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look at the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. “A gripping psychological thriller built around the luminous and terrifying performance of Luminita Gheorghiu”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Calin Peter Netzer, Romania, 2013, 112 minutes) Free

April 21, Tuesday (through April 30)

Advanced Drawing Exhibit

Johnson Memorial Building

Diverse drawing techniques and approaches are on view in this exhibit of ART 300, Advanced Drawings. Though students begin with the same prompt, problem, or question, their creative responses result in expressions that are worlds apart. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Emily Rose Knapp ’15, mixed media on paper, 10 x 15 inches

April 24–26, Friday–Sunday

Middlebury Bach Festival

Various times and locations

The fifth-annual Middlebury Bach Festival features Axiom Brass playing works by J. S. Bach and others, the Festival Choir presenting Jesu meine Freude, J. S. Bach’s complex and reflective motet, interest sessions, orchestral and chamber music, and a unique presentation of Bach’s “Schübler Chorales” by College organist Emory Fanning. See the full schedule at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest.



April 24, Friday

Opening Concert Bach Festival: Axiom Brass

Dorival Puccini Jr., trumpet
Kris Hammond, trumpet
Matthew Oliphant, french horn
Orin Larson, trombone
Kevin Harrison, tuba

8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Praised for their high level of musicality and technical ability and for their clean, clear, and precise sound, the members of the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet are rising stars in the chamber music universe. In a program titled “Sacred Brass,” the Quintet journeys through time with music written for or inspired by the church, including works by J. S. Bach, Palestrina, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, Gabrieli, and Piazzolla. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in the chapel. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and Middlebury Bach Festival. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the online box office>>


April 25, Saturday

Bach Festival Concert

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Middlebury College Choir and Festival Orchestra perform under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner in this culminating event of the fifth-annual Middlebury Bach Festival. Tickets: $12/10.  Go to the online box office>>

Photo Brett Simison


April 25, Saturday

52 Tuesdays

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided when her mother reveals plans for a gender transition. Sent to live with her father, Billie only sees her mother once a week, every Tuesday, for an entire year. This unique filmmaking structure brings a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and transformation. “This accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera”—Geoff Berkshire, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sophie Hyde, Australia, 2013, 109 minutes) Free


April 29, Wednesday

Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble
Damascus Kafumbe, director

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Ensemble members present an interactive concert of East African music and dance performed on bow-harps, thumb-pianos, xylophones, tube-fiddles, bowl-lyres, gourd shakers, struck gourds, reed-box rattles, ankle bells, leg rattles, and various kinds of drums. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Vincent A. Jones '12



April 30–May 2, Thursday–Saturday

Spring Awakening

7:30 PM each evening, Wright Memorial Theatre

Set in the sexually oppressive culture of late-19th-century Germany, this play by Frank Wedekind captures the seductions that adolescents harbor in their anxious souls: the alluring chant of nihilism, the feral impulses toward violence, and the thought-obliterating joys of sex. At turns poetic, melancholic, violent, and funny, this once-scandalous play will remain relevant as long as the prism of puberty continues to make the world seem strange and terrifying. Directed by Cláudio Medeiros ’90; sponsored by the Theatre Program. Post-show discussion on Friday. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 13. Go to the online box office>>


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