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October 1, Wednesday

Opening Doors: Conservation of Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Camille Myers Breeze, director and head conservator of Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts, gives an illustrated lecture that discusses her work cleaning, stabilizing, and repairing the fragile Tibetan scroll paintings on view in the museum’s current exhibit Picturing Enlightenment. Free

Anonymous, Tibetan, Seventh Dalai Lama and His Chakrasamvara Initiation (detail), late 18th century, colors on cloth, cloth mountings, wooden dowels, 25 3/4 x 17 inches. Collection of the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. Gift of Mrs. George L. Hamilton. AC 1952.26.

 


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October 2-4, Thursday-Saturday

19th Annual First Years Production: A Cautionary Tale and Others

8:00 PM each evening, plus a 10:00 PM late show on Friday only, Hepburn Zoo Theatre

If only ending a relationship were as easy as turning off the television.  If only true privacy wasn’t a thing of the past.  And if only skeletons in the closet stayed in the closet.  As a group of young adults face the challenges of school, relationships, and the work force, they are also faced with the confusion, mania, and loneliness of the digital. Cast includes: Liana Barron '18, Meghan Dineen '17, Shannon Gibbs '18, Max Lieblich '18, Ben Borgmann-Winter '18, Isabella Alonzo '18, Rachel Iacono '17.5, Marney Kline '18, Sebastian LaPointe '18, Eliza Renner '18, Katherine Mayopoulos '18, Rathapon Satjapot '18, Lee Garcia '18, Roxanne Adviento '18, Nadine Nasr '17.5, Austin Kahn '17.5, Connor Pisano '18, Christian Lange '17.5.  Crew: Mari Tanioka '18, Jesus Barba '18. Designers: Erica Furgiuele '15, Nicholas Hemerling '14.5, Chelsea Melone '15, Adam Milano '15, Evann Normandin '14.5, Katy Svec '15.  Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets $5; Go to the box office>>>

 



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October 3, Friday

Off the Wall: Visual Weimar

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

Professor of German Bettina Matthias leads visitors through the museum’s current exhibit Visual Weimar, which she curated with students in her spring 2014 class Weimar Germany and Its Legacies. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art. 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

Max Beckmann (1884–1950), Die Enttäuschten I, 1922, lithograph, 19 1/4  x 14 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the Sabarsky Foundation

 

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October 3 & 5, Friday & Sunday

La Traviata

8:00 PM Friday, 2:00 PM Sunday; Town Hall Theater

The Opera Company of Middlebury presents Verdi’s timeless tragedy in an elegantly staged concert version, directed by Douglas Anderson. Maestro Emmanuel Plasson conducts the OCM orchestra, and Jeffrey Buettner leads the Middlebury College Choir. Tickets: $50/45/40 at townhalltheater.org or 802.382.9222

 

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October 4, Saturday

Hannah Arendt

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A biopic with a lively theatrical spirit, Hannah Arendt is a probing and clear-eyed study of the German-Jewish political philosopher who famously reported on the trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann. “To make a film about a thinker is a challenge; to do so in a way that is accessible and gripping is a triumph”—Roger Berkowitz, Paris Review. Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Margarethe von Trotta, Germany/Israel/Luxembourg/France, 2013, 113 minutes) Free

 

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October 4, Saturday

Dick Forman Jazz Group

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

The Dick Forman Jazz Group (DFJG) presents an evening of sparkling, sophisticated mainstream jazz. The DFJG’s ballads, blues, bebop, and swing are sure to set toes tapping. Long a favorite of Vermont audiences, the group features Forman on piano, with some of New England’s finest musicians:  Paul Asbell, guitar; Michael Zsoldos, sax; Jim Daggs, bass; and Geza Carr, drums.  Forman is the Music Department’s Director of Jazz Activities and an Affiliate Artist.  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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October 5, Sunday

Richard Goode, piano

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

Pianist Richard Goode has been hailed for performances of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of classical and romantic music. According to the New York Times, “It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.” Goode performs works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Schumann on Middlebury’s new Steinway piano, which he helped select. Associate professor of music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Office of the President. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Michael Wilson

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October 8, Wednesday

Cameron Visiting Architect: Melanie Ide

Envisioning Culture

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

In this illustrated lecture, Ide discusses her work in museum planning and exhibition design, which includes the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Hawaii; the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas; the American Museum of Natural History in New York; and a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Beirut. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

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October 9, Thursday

Illustrated Lecture: The Arts of Tibet
Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, Curator of the Arts of Asia, the Newark Museum

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

To celebrate the centennial of the Newark Museum’s renowned Tibet collection in 2011, Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, Curator of the Arts of Asia, re-installed six permanent galleries of Tibetan art and created three temporary exhibitions of Tibetan art. Since her appointment at the Newark Museum in 2008 she has also created seven other exhibitions ranging from traditional to contemporary art originating in South, Southeast and East Asia. Previously, Dr. Paul was Associate Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she produced nine boutique exhibitions showcasing Himalayan art. She lectures widely and holds a B.A. in Art History from Reed College and a Ph.D. in the Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Paul lived in Nepal and has performed field research in 15 Asian nations during the past 18 years. This lecture is presented in connection with the exhibition Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum. Free

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October 15, Wednesday

US vs. Art Thieves: True Stories of the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones

4:30 PM, Dana Auditorium

An illustrated lecture by Robert Goldman, former federal prosecutor, Special Trial Attorney and advisor to the FBI’s Art Crime Team, and private practice attorney specializing in art, antiquities, and collections law; and Robert Wittman, Special Agent, founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, and author of the bestselling book Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures. The two will talk about their experiences recovering and litigating nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of art and cultural artifacts, including works by Cassatt, Rockwell, Grandma Moses, Goya, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Rodin, and Renoir, and items belonging to Geronimo, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson, John Brown, William Penn, and Andrew Hamilton, as well as an original copy of the Bill of Rights that had been believed lost for a hundred years. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

 

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October 15, Wednesday

Belcea String Quartet

Corina Belcea-Fisher, violin
Axel Schacher, violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola
Antoine Lederlin, cello

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Renowned around the globe for unique, elegant, and refined interpretations, the Belcea Quartet returns to Middlebury with a program including Mozart’s F Major quartet, Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, and Schubert’s Rosamunde quartet. “The Belceas still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo”—The Guardian of London. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and anonymous PASS members in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Ronald Knapp

 

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October 18, Saturday

The Selfish Giant

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Loosely based on a fable by Oscar Wilde and updated to present-day England, The Selfish Giant is about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends who tangle with a local scrap dealer and criminal, with tragic consequences. “So hauntingly perfect is Barnard’s film, and so skin-pricklingly alive does it make you feel to watch it, that at first you can hardly believe the sum of what you have seen”—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Clio Barnard, UK, 2013, 91 minutes) Free

 

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October 18, Saturday

50 Years of Guitar: Dayve Huckett and Special Guests

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

Affiliate artist Dayve Huckett celebrates 50 years of playing guitar with very special guests, drawing from many different styles to make an eclectic evening of music with a casual vibe. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Orah Moore

 

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October 19, Sunday

Haunted Horns: A Brass Quintet Halloween Family Concert

2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet presents a Halloween concert full of family-friendly musical treats. Enjoy wacky, scary, mysterious, and fun favorites in this hour-long performance, which includes Plog’s “Animal Ditties,” complete with narration, and a costume parade. Everyone gets a treat for the road. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors 62 and up, $6 all students, and $20 for a family of 4 or 5. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

 

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October 24, Friday

Emerging Adulthood: Psychology and Portraiture

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Many psychologists now view individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 as inhabiting a newly defined life phase between adolescence and adulthood—a period of “emerging adulthood.” Professor of psychology Barbara Hofer joins artist Kate Gridley in this collaborative, interdisciplinary talk given in conjunction with the exhibition Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults. Gridley gives an artist-led tour of the show in the lower lobby immediately following the talk (also at Town Hall Theater at 4:00 PM). Refreshments provided. Free

Photo Paul Gamba

 

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October 24, Friday

Cocoon

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

Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. This second-annual community-wide event is produced by the creators of the Middlebury MothUp in partnership with the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A reception with the storytellers follows. Sponsored by the Committee on the Arts. Tickets: $10/8/5. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

 

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October 25, Saturday

Museum Hours

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Johann is a museum guard who spends his days observing the art and visitors of Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the galleries and the city streets. A “quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 2013, 107 minutes) Free

 

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October 28, Tuesday

Behind the Scenes Lunch and Discussion: Mendel, Inc.

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Wright Memorial Theatre

Director Richard Romagnoli is joined by the cast, crew, and design team to explore the themes and challenges in the upcoming production. $5 donation suggested; free to Middlebury College ID cardholders

 

 

 

 

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October 28, Tuesday (through November 6)

Pinhole Photography

Johnson Memorial Building

Pinhole photographs are pure photographic expression. John Huddleston’s ART 327 class presents an exhibition of black and white pinhole photographs that were made by direct contact with 4-by-5-inch negatives, exposed in cameras of the students’ own design and construction. No lens is used, and the aperture is a 1/50-inch diameter hole. Exposures are long, from several seconds to hours. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Neil Steiner ’16, pinhole photograph, 4 x 5 inches

 

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October 30–November 1, Thursday–Saturday

Mendel, Inc.

7:30 PM each evening, Wright Memorial Theatre

A heartwarming comedy set in NYC in the 1920s, this play follows the aspirations and travails of a Jewish family seeking a toehold in the American dream. Dad is a plumber who ignores his work to pursue his passion as an inventor, to the dismay of his anxious wife. This warm comedy about families and dreams is presented in honor of the 60th anniversary of Middlebury Hillel. Play by David Freedman, directed by Richard Romagnoli. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale October 13. Go to the online box office>>

 

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October 31, Friday

Off the Wall: The Sabarsky Collection

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

Ellen Price, curator of the Sabarsky Collection, talks about prominent art dealer Serge Sabarsky, his collection, and the formation of the Neue Gallery. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art. 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

Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890–1918), Carl Reininghaus, 1910, watercolor, gouache, and black crayon, 17 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the Sabarsky Foundation

 

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