COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Museum Reopens

Middlebury College Museum of Art

The Middlebury College Museum of Art reopens for the new year, with ongoing exhibitions on view. Free admission. Museum hours>>

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Yale Glee Club with the Middlebury College Choir

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The College Choir hosts the Yale Glee Club in an engaging evening of new and traditional collegiate choral music. Free

photo Harold Shapiro

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Friday, January 10, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Gun Show

Mahaney Arts Center, Seeler Studio Theatre

Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis asks: “Can we have a conversation about this?” From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of L.A. and New York, Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences. Performed by Andrew Smith ’97.5. Stay for a talkback after each performance. 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. Run time approximately 75 minutes, no intermission. Adult Language. Tickets: $15 Public/12 Midd ID holders/8 Youth/6 Midd students; on sale December 20

Photo Jeanette Sears

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Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:00 PM

An Elephant Sitting Still

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

The story links together the lives of a number of protagonists, narrating the course of one single, tension-filled day from dawn to dusk, and along the way, painting a portrait of a society marked by selfishness. Berlin International Film Festival Winner: FIPRESCI Prize, Best First Feature Award Special Mention; presented by the Hirschfield International Film Series. 250 minutes; presented with subtitles. Free

Pictured: Uvin Wang, Yuchang Peng

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Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Heath Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. Their second week of residency starts with the free January 11 concert, featuring Beethoven’s Quartet No. 3 in D Major, op. 18.3; Quartet No. 16 in F Major, op. 135; and the first “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.1. No tickets are required for this concert, thanks to the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free

Pre-concert lecture with Professor Larry Hamberlin at 6:30 PM in MAC 221.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The Chemistry of Character in “Breaking Bad:” An Audiovisual Book in Progress

Axinn Center, Room 232

Jason Mittell of the Department of Film and Media Culture and Program in American Studies delivers a public talk as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Kelly Tsai: The Divided Soul

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Award winning activist, filmmaker, and spoken word artist Kelly Tsai presents The Divided Soul for a one-time only performance at Middlebury. This event is co-sponsored by the Dance Program, MiddCORE, the Writing Program, and the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House. Free

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 4:30 PM

A Conversation with Adam Guettel

Town Hall Theater

Adam Guettel is the Tony Award-winning composer of The Light in the Piazza, this year’s j-term musical, opening January 24. This month, Guettel visits Town Hall Theater to work with Middlebury College students in the show, and to give this public talk about his work in the American Musical Theater. He is also the grandson of Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers & Hart and Rodgers & Hammerstein fame.) Doug Anderson hosts. Tickets: $11 at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222; free for Middlebury College ID card holders

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 5:30 PM

In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

In this dance/theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, dancer, choreographer, and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read—which did not occur until her early 20s. This show is a mixture of funny, sad, and ironic moments strung together in a creative and captivating format. Free

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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Heath Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. The January 17 concert includes Beethoven’s Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, op. 18.4; Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, op. 127, and the third “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.3. A Nelson Fund event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $22 public/$16 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students. Read more>>

See more: January 11, October 5 and 11, May 2 and 8.

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

*Please note new times for bar/refreshments.

Photo Kaupo Kikkas

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Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 8:00 PM

System Crasher

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair. The Hirschfield International Film Series presents this, Germany's official selection for the 92nd Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. 118 minutes; presented with subtitles. Free

Photo kineo Film, Weydemann Bros.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Breton Fest-Noz

Le Château, Grand Salon

The traditional music, dance, and flavors of Brittany—the “Celtic” region of northwestern France—is highlighted at the College’s second Fest-Noz (Breton night festival). Join piper Timothy Cummings and special guests for authentic music, participatory dances, and crêpes and cider. Free

Photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko '19

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Elliott Sharp and Matthew Evan Taylor in Duo

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Composers and improvisers Elliott Sharp and Matthew Evan Taylor, Assistant Professor of Music, present an evening of improvised music that promises to stretch the audience’s ears! Free

Pictured: Elliott Sharp, photo Andreas Sterzing 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Pussygrabber Plays

Mahaney Arts Center, Seeler Studio Theatre

Seven Trump accusers take the stage, creating exquisite, unexpected windows into the lives of women who were previously reduced to a single trauma. Plays by Julia Brownell, Sam Chanse, Halley Feifer, Sharon Kenny, Melissa Li, Natasha Stoynoff, Bess Wohl, Anna Ziegler, and Sharyn Rothstein. Cocreated by Kate Pines ’03 and Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Cheryl Faraone. 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. Show runs approximately 1 hour 50 minutes including intermission. Free; donations welcome to benefit WomenSafe

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Designing for Real: Community-based Experiential Learning Through a Collaboration of Architectural Studies and Habitat for Humanity

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, The Orchard (Room 103)

John McLeod of the Department of History of Art and Architecture delivers a public talk as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free

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Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Dance Company of Middlebury: Presence as Performance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theater

Butoh artist Meshi Chavez believes that radical engagement requires radical attentiveness. This inquiry into performativity is crucial to the inception and development of a thought-provoking project directed by Scholar in Residence Karima Borni in collaboration with Chavez, accessing embodied presence to cultivate authenticity and responsiveness. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students; on sale January 6

DCM 2018–2019, photo Jonathan Hsu

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Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Light in the Piazza

Town Hall Theater

Director Douglas Anderson and music director Carol Christensen present the annual winter term musical, a collaboration of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. The soaring score harkens back to lyricist Adam Guettel’s grandfather, Richard Rodgers. “The most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story.”—New York Times. Tickets: $20 Public/$15 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students; on sale January 9 at 8 AM. www.townhalltheater.org

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Friday, January 24, 2020 to Sunday, April 19, 2020

Lost Luxuries: Ancient Chinese Gold

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

This exhibition explores the artistry and history of ancient Chinese gold (ca. 500 BCE–900 CE) and the story of how it entered American museum collections. Gold artifacts are accompanied by innovative digital features that bring to life recent excavations, traditional goldsmithing techniques, and the diverse artisans who created them. Free. Museum hours>>

Xianbei plaque, gold, Northeast China, probably Western Jin dynasty (265–316 CE), W. 7.4 cm, purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Acquisition Fund, Middlebury College Museum of Art

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Friday, January 24, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020

Hong Chun Zhang: Hair Story in Charcoal and Ink

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Upper Balcony

Chinese-born artist Hong Chun Zhang began developing her “hairy” style to explore her personal identity in 2002. Raised among artists, Zhang mastered Chinese brush painting before moving to the United States in 1996. The flowing locks that pervade her artworks connect her to both her homeland and her new American environment. Free. Museum hours>>

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

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Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Varda by Agnés

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. This wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents. A Hirschfield International Film Series event. 115 minutes; presented with subtitles. Free

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Composition Today

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Free Improvisation and the Liberal Arts Series Artist in Residence Elliott Sharp and Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Evan Taylor present the music of the students of MUSC 1026.  This concert is the culmination of intensive work and study of improvisational practices and how these elements inform composition. Sharp is an American contemporary classical composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer, and a central figure in New York City’s avant-garde and experimental music scene since the late 1970s. Free

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Welter

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

A dance saturated in light by Elena Demyanenko, Chloe Engel, and Laurel Jenkins. Three simultaneous solos emerge out of prolonged work with color, with the performers cohabiting a viscous dimension of saturated light. Infected by color virus and noise making, they exhibit symptoms which evince something ancient and essential to emotional survival, complete with an extra-lingual mode of communication that is evocative of invocation and incantation. Free

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Shinto Dedication of the Teahouse

Johnson Memorial Building, Lobby

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. Join us for a dedication of the finished tea house, followed by a Japanese tea ceremony conducted by a certified tea master. Free

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Collaborative Video Screening

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

See short films produced by students in the Collaborative Video Projects course during winter term. Free

Madeleine Russell '19 in Breech by Rebecca Lafon '18.5

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Roomful of Teeth and Dublin Guitar Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

This collaborative concert features the Middlebury debuts of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the world-renowned Dublin Guitar Quartet. Together they perform the East Coast premiere of a new, intimate arrangement of Vermont native Nico Muhly’s How Little You Are. Originally commissioned in 2015 for three guitar quartets and massed choir, the work is based on texts written by pioneer women during the 19th century. In addition to this powerful 40-minute work, each ensemble also performs individual selections. A Nelson Fund event. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students. Read more>> Press release>>

 

Sign language iconPre-concert lecture and performance presented with sign language interpretation.

multi shaded blue trianglePre-concert lecture by composer Nico Muhly at 6:15 PM in MAC 125.

Photos Bonica Ayala, Laura Sheeran

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