Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Sunday, December 2, 2018

Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A Johnson Memorial Gallery

Featuring more than 100 outstanding works of art from the Newark Museum’s extraordinary collections, Wondrous Worlds showcases the long history, vast geographic expanse, and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world.  Museum hours>>

Man’s Sawari Coat with Boteh and Woven Floral Motifs. India, Kashmir, Late 18th or Early 19th century, Mughal Period (1526–1857). Tapestry-woven silk, metal-wrapped threads; L: 49 x 17 1/4 inches, W: 32 inches. Newark Museum. Gift of Mrs. August Gilbert Buse, 1965, 65.67. 

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Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The French cello virtuoso performs some of J. S. Bach’s most beloved music: the six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. “Queyras performs as he breathes.…His technical ease allows him to play with the music, to knead it, giving a particular character to each work...he brings the universe to the end of his bow.”—Le Devoir, Montréal. This special event includes a reception at intermission. A Performing Arts Series and Nelson Series event, made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 Public/$22 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth/$6 Midd students.  On sale to PASS members 9/6, ID holders 9/13, general public 9/17. 

Photo François Sechet

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Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Breton Fest-Noz

Le Château, Grand Salon

The traditional music, dance, and flavors of Brittany—the “Celtic” region of northwestern France—are highlighted at Middlebury’s first Fest-Noz (Breton night festival). Join Timothy Cummings (pipes), Jeremiah McLane (accordion), and Alex Kehler (violin and nyckelharpa) in celebrating authentic music, participatory dances, and crêpes and cider! A Department of Music event. Free

Timothy Cummings, photo Jonathan Blake

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Anne Janson, Flute; Annemieke McLane, Piano

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The evening features some of the greatest, most popular repertoire for flute and piano. A Department of Music event. Free 

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Bebe Miller Company: In a Rhythm

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A suite of dances based on the dynamics of adaptation and translation inspired by the writings of Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison, and David Foster Wallace, whose voices capture diverse cultural relevancies through their structure of language. Choreographer Bebe Miller looks at the syntax of movement—how we apprehend meaning through the juxtaposed dynamics of action and context in time and space. Presented in conjunction with the 2018 Clifford Symposium. See go.middlebury.edu/dance for full residency schedule. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 22. 

(L-R) Trebien Pollard, Bronwen MacArthur, Christal Brown, Michelle Boulé, Angie Hauser, and Sarah Gamblin; photo Robert Altman

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Havel: The Passion of Thought

Wright Memorial Theatre

Richard Romagnoli directs five short and shorter funny, chilling plays by Václav Havel, Samuel Beckett, and Harold Pinter. The evening explores the challenges of exercising individual conscience and the consequences of making unpopular though principled choices. Such choices deny the herd. A Theatre Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 22. 

   

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The Praiseworthy One: Devotional Images of the Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Traditions

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall (Room 125)

In this presentation, Christiane Gruber of the University of Michigan explores a number of paintings of the Prophet Muhammad produced in Persian and Turkish lands from the 14th century to the modern day. A History of Art and Architecture event. Free

The Prophet Muhammad’s Ascension over Three Sufis, from Sa‘di’s Bustan (Fruit Orchard), text dated 920/1514 and painting added ca. 1550 in Bukhara. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1974.294.2. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Gareth Cordery, Piano

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Middlebury student Gareth Cordery ’20 performs his junior piano recital, featuring works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Copland. A Department of Music event. Free

Photo Andrea Godfrey 

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Friends of the Art Museum Purchase Party

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby and Museum

During this annual signature event of the Friends of the Art Museum, the group determines what gift it will present to the museum with its membership funds. Members only, RSVP required. Information: 802.443.2309 or museum.middlebury.edu. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Middlebury College Orchestra

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Join the College Orchestra, under its new director Evan Bennett, as it explores major works from the classical to the present. A Department of Music event. Free

Photo Miranda de Beer '19 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Behind Wondrous Worlds: A Conservator’s Perspective

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall (Room 125)

Objects conservator Linda Lin shares her experiences with the Islamic artworks from the Newark Museum, featured in the current exhibition Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place. She explores the ethical underpinnings of conservation as an amalgam of art and science, the joys and challenges of preserving cultural heritage, and insights into the craftsmanship of works in the exhibition. Free

Molded luster tile. Iran, first half of 13th century. Newark Museum, 49.503. Composite image of ultraviolet-induced-visible fluorescence (UV-Vis) and normal illumination 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Piano Recital by Students of Diana Fanning

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The fall concert by Diana Fanning’s students is a popular event celebrating our talented Middlebury pianists. A Department of Music event. Free

Photo Emma Stapleton '20 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Emperor and Poet: Mansa Musa, Al Saheli, and the Unlikely 1325 Friendship that Built Timbuktu and the Mali Empire

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall (Room 125)

Lecture by Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. In 1325, Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali was the world’s richest man by far. He and his new court architect Al Saheli—a Granada-born poet and lawyer—built Timbuktu into an important architectural and university center at the moment of transition from the medieval world to the modern era. A History of Art and Architecture event. Free

Detail from the Catalan Atlas Sheet 6 showing the Western Sahara 

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Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium: Misa Luba

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Choirs from Middlebury, St. Michael’s, Castleton, and Johnson State are joined by Royal Hartigan and the ensemble Blood Drum Spirit to perform this fascinating mass setting based in Congolese musical idioms. A Department of Music event. Free 

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Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The chorus presents its annual concert in celebration of the season of Thanksgiving, performed by Middlebury College students, staff, faculty, and singers from towns throughout the area. Both performances include uplifting and celebratory songs by classical and contemporary composers. Jeff Rehbach, conductor; Tim Guiles, accompanist. A Department of Music event. Free 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Animations/Concert

Twilight Auditorium

Hand-drawn animations from Studio Art courses ART 185 and ART 200 will be screened along with a live concert performance by multifaceted musician and artist Raumshiff Engelmayr. A Studio Art event. Free

Photo Lukas Maul

Thursday, November 29, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 2018

Silkscreen Prints

Johnson Memorial Building

Students in Hedya Klein’s Silkscreen Printmaking class (ART318) have addressed various technical and conceptual challenges, resulting in an array of imagery, observed both from life and from their own imaginations. The silkscreen process is the application of squeezing ink through mesh onto paper. By layering various textures, shapes, lines, values, and colors, students are able to compose complex prints. A Studio Art event. Exhibit hours: 8:00 AM–8:00 PM. Free

Matt Gillis ’18, silkscreen on paper

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Jupiter Quartet

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

When the Washington Post titles a concert review “Jupiter String Quartet delivers on its name with an out-of-this-world performance,” you can begin to understand why this ensemble is a longtime Middlebury favorite. The quartet celebrates Debussy in this centenary year of his passing, with a program of Ravel and Debussy’s solitary string quartets, plus Dutilleux’s Ainsi la nuit. A Performing Arts Series and Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 Public/$22 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth/$6 Midd students.  On sale to PASS members 9/6, ID holders 9/13, general public 9/17.

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Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 PM, Room 221.

Photo Sarah Gardner

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Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Fall Dance Concert

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by the Dance Company of Middlebury under the direction of Lida Winfield. The evening is directed by Laurel Jenkins in collaboration with the choreographers. A Dance Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 12. 

Laurel Jenkins, photo Alan Kimara Dixon  

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Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Men on Boats

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. This play by Jaclyn Backhaus is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River (and in 2018, it’s women in those boats). Directed by Cheryl Faraone. A Theatre Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 12.

 

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