Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7:30 PM

‘Art’

Mahaney Arts Center, Seeler Studio Theatre

How much would you pay for a blank canvas? Would it matter who the artist was? Would it be art? In Yasmina Reza’s Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, three friends argue over the value of an expensive painting, and quickly lines are drawn that put their relationships to the test. This play asks bigger questions about how much truth and honesty we really think we can handle. Directed by Alex Draper ’88. Tickets $15 Public/12 Midd ID holders/8 Youth/6 Midd students, on sale March 16

Photo Celestine Ngulube

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Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Two acclaimed ensembles join forces in a program highlighting experiences of (im)migration. Featured: the Vermont premiere of a new work by Jessie Montgomery, commissioned by Music Accord and Sphinx, and inspired by the Great Migration. Through the lens of her great-grandfather, Montgomery brings together spirituals and work songs that reflect his travels from Mississippi to the west, north, and back to Georgia. Through the special timbral effects of winds and strings, Montgomery transforms these stories, continuing the storytelling tradition passed down by her mother, a playwright, actor, and teacher. Tickets: $28 Public/22 Midd ID holders/10 Youth/6 Midd students. Read more>>

Cash bar and light refreshments available before the concert and at intermission.*

*Please note new times for bar/refreshments.

Photo Pierre Lidar (for Imani Winds)

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Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 8:00 PM

1960s Dance Party

Johnson Memorial Building, Atrium

Part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Johnson Memorial Building. Opened in 1968, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson, and Abbott’s Brutalist building has been a mainstay of the arts for over 50 years. Join students and friends of the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building for a week of programming celebrating this momentous anniversary. Free

Carnival Ball in Johnson, 1969

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Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Middlebury Bach Concert: Ten Years

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The Middlebury Bach Festival/Bach Concert celebrates 10 years of performances and events (2011–2020) honoring the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach. More information is at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/Middlebury students free with ID

Photo Todd Balfour

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Ancient Asian Gold Technology

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

Unique among Asian art materials, gold is both a color and an artistic medium. Donna Strahan, head of conservation and scientific research at the Freer|Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution, investigates materials and methods of manufacture of Asian gold objects. Free

Cicada plaque, 3rd–4th century CE, gold with turquoise, coral, and glass inlay on a gilt copper back plate. The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. RLS1997.48.4455. X-radiograph, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The Bauhaus Diaspora

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

Dr. Robin Schuldenfrei, Katja and Nicolai Tangen Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, discusses her work on the enduring influence of the Bauhaus through the lens of its many stakeholders. Free

Robin Schuldenfrei

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Faculty Dance Concert

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

On one night only, the Dance Program offers samples of faculty choreography, featuring works by Karima Borni, Christal Brown, Tori Lawrence, Laurel Jenkins, and Lida Winfield. Winfield and Paul Besaw present the first piece created in collaboration with the UVM dance department. Tickets: $15 Public/12 Midd ID holders/8 Youth/6 Midd students; on sale March 30

Karima Borni, Christal Brown, Lida Winfield, and Laurel Jenkins, photos Jonathan Hsu; (center) still from a screendance by Tori Lawrence

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Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Takács Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Now entering its 44th season, the Takács Quartet is no stranger to the series, having performed at Middlebury 26 times since 1994. The New York Times recently lauded this Grammy-winning ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.” Bartók’s string quartets have been at the very heart of the quartet’s repertory since its founding in Budapest in 1975; Middlebury audiences can enjoy the full cycle over two weekend concerts. A Nelson Fund event, cosponsored by the members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students; PASS Members: $22 public/$16 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$5 Midd studentsRead more>>

A pre-concert panel explores the relationship between Bartók and Beethoven on Saturday at 6:15 PM in MAC 221. See associated PASS reception for Sunday afternoon.

Photo Amanda Tipton

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Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

Mahaney Arts Center, Lower Lobby

This festive occasion is a chance for members to gather and celebrate PASS, preview select performances from the upcoming 2020–2021 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Spring Carillon Recital

Mead Memorial Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr., Middlebury College carillonneur since 1985, plays a recital on the Mead Chapel carillon in conjunction with the spring meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Bell Association International, held at the Bell Museum in Shoreham, Vermont. Free

Photo Brett Simison

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Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Middlebury College Orchestra Spring Concert

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Join the College orchestra to explore major works from the classical to the contemporary with conductor Evan Bennett. Free

Photo Miranda de Beer ’19

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Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Middlebury College Choir

Mead Memorial Chapel

Jeffrey Buettner, conductor; Ronnie Romano ’20, student conductor. The College choir shares a diverse repertoire including music of community and engagement. Free

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Making Waves

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

Chinese-born, Kansas-based artist Hong Chun Zhang makes detailed large-scale charcoal drawings of hair that explore the notions of culture and identity. Zhang shares her experiences of studying traditional ink art in China and making waves in the American art scene while keeping one foot on each shore. Free

Hong Chun Zhang (b. 1971), Curl, 2019, charcoal on paper, H. 36 inches, W. 70 inches

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Middlebury Afropop Band

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

This concert features the Afropop Band performing in musical styles from East, West, North, South, and Central Africa. Using a pop and rock instrumentation, the group’s repertoire blends traditional African musical idioms with various Western and Afro-diasporic styles. Free

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Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Julius Caesar

Wright Memorial Theatre

A visceral, politically urgent thriller. Shakespeare’s study of ideology, power, and populism—performed with no togas. Directed by Cheryl Faraone. Tickets: $15 Public/12 Midd ID holders/8 Youth/6 Midd students; on sale April 13

Photo Laura College

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Middlebury College
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