Friday, February 7, 2020 to Sunday, April 19, 2020

Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

The Bauhaus (1919–1933) was an experimental school, a modern laboratory for artistic innovation. In three different German cities over a period of 14 tumultuous years, three different artistic directors, their colleagues, and students challenged the traditional hierarchy of the arts by placing the fine arts, design, and architecture on equal footing. Free. Museum hours>>

Wassily Kandinsky, Kleine Welten V, colored woodcut, 1922. Loan from the Sabarsky Foundation.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Opening Reception: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory

Mahaney Arts Center, Lower Lobby

Join Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture Erin Sassin as she considers not only the Bauhaus’s far-reaching influence on the practice and teaching of art, design, and architecture, but also its enormous social and political impacts. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, followed by a special performance by Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Taylor and Assistant Professor of Dance Laurel Jenkins. Free

Wassily Kandinsky, Kleine Welten VIII, woodcut, 1922. Loan from the Sabarsky Foundation.

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Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Sweet on Debussy

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a performance by affiliate artist Anne Janson, flute, with Stefanie Taylor, viola, and Rebecca Kauffman, harp. This delightful program features the Debussy Trio and Vermont composer David Feurzig’s work inspired by Debussy. Free

Anne Janson

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Championship Round: Spencer Prize in Oratory

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

In honor of the late Professor Emeritus and former trustee John Spencer, Oratory Now is pleased to announce the third annual speech competition for first-year students. January elimination rounds culminate in this face-off among the final five contestants. Details at oratorynow.org/spencer. Free

Regina Fontanelli '22, Spencer Prize 2019 Finalist. Photo Gioia Kuss '83.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Lecture and Opening Reception for Lost Luxuries: Ancient Chinese Gold

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

In ancient China, gold ornaments were potent symbols of official rank, gender, group identity, and economic status; by the early 20th century, they were sought after by art collectors for their beauty. Join Curator of Asian art and assistant professor Sarah Laursen for a lecture about the little-known history of early Chinese gold, followed by a reception with light refreshments in the lower lobby. Free

Photo Sarah Laursen

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne, Piano

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

In 2003, we were the first American series to present world-renowned pianist Paul Lewis. Fast-forward 16 years: this performance marks our dear friend’s 22nd appearance on our stage. Internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne is also a friend, having won our hearts in three previous Middlebury recitals. In this tour-de-force collaborative concert, Lewis and Osborne unite at the keyboard for a four-hand piano program of Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano Duet, Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques and Petite suite, Stravinsky’s Trois pièces faciles, and Ravel’s Mother Goose suite. A Nelson Fund event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd studentsRead more>>

Pre-concert lecture by Professor Emeritus and former series director Paul Nelson at 6:15 PM in MAC 221.

Photos Kaupo Kikkas, Benjamin Ealovega

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Lifting the Veil from Verdure: The Greenery Is Greener

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

Kate Smith, conservator of paintings and head of Paintings Lab at the Harvard Art Museum, gives a talk on Walter Gropius’s commission of Herbert Bayer’s Verdure for the Harvard Graduate Center. Opened in 1950, it was the campus’s first foray into modern architecture. Part of the 21st-Century Theatre Festival, dedicated to bringing new works by diverse theatre artists from New York and Chicago to Middlebury, hosted by Claudio Medeiros and Michole Biancosino. Free

Herbert Bayer (American, 1900–1985), Verdure, 1950, oil on canvas, 74 3/4 × 235 × 2 inches. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, commissioned by Harvard Corporation, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Building the Japanese Tea House; Lessons from Apprentice Learning

Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Douglas Brooks, an authority on traditional Japanese boatbuilding, led a Winter term class in which students built a Japanese tea house, honing their carpentry skills and exploring the nature of apprentice learning. The finished tea house can be disassembled for transport and reassembly for various events. Free

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Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Dayve Huckett and Friends

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Affiliate artist Dayve Huckett plays solo guitar and also performs with professor Peter Hamlin ’73 on accordion and Ron White on bass, as well as in collaboration with student musicians. Free

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Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Natasha Koval Paden, Piano: Creative Composers

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Beginning with selected preludes and fugues by J. S. Bach, this program then reveals the artistry of three great composer-pianists who brought earlier works in other mediums into reimagined, virtuosic keyboard journeys: Busoni, Rachmaninov, and Liszt. Free

Natasha Koval Paden, photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Secrets of Ancient Goldsmiths Demystified

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

Ancient jewelers made astounding works of art, unrivalled in modern times, without the benefit of electricity or modern equipment of any kind. How did they do it? Join Jeanette K. Caines, master goldsmith and director of Jewelry Arts Inc., for a lecture on ancient goldsmithing techniques. Free

Photo courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30 PM

David Finckel, Cello and Wu Han, Piano

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

We couldn’t celebrate the series’ 100th anniversary without including its most prolific artist, cellist David Finckel. For his 40th performance at Middlebury, Finckel joins his wife, acclaimed pianist Wu Han, in a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. “Chamber music’s busy power couple” (New York Times) also performs the world premiere of a new work by Vermont-raised, prize-winning composer Pierre Jalbert, commissioned by the series to mark this special occasion. A Nelson Fund event, made possible with additional support from Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd studentsRead more>>

Pierre Jalbert gives a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 PM in MAC 221. Join us for a free post-concert reception.

Photo Lisa Marie Mazzucco

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Affiliate artist Paul Asbell performs original jazz compositions from his latest CD featuring some of Vermont’s finest musicians and music faculty: Christopher Peterman, saxophones; Clyde Stats, acoustic bass; Tom Cleary, piano; and Gabriel Jarrett, drums. Free

Photo Laura Carbone

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