Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Bacchae 2.1

Mahaney Arts Center, Seeler Studio Theatre

In Charles Mee’s update of the classic Greek play, Dionysus comes to Thebes where the city’s ruler refuses to his acknowledge him as a god. Mee creates striking images of obscenity and beauty in this poetic, quiltlike piece, composed in the way that Max Ernst made his “fatagaga” pieces at the end of World War I. Directed by Michole Biancosino ’98. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 14

Playwright Charles Mee

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Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

MuseumLab

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

For this experiment in interdisciplinary learning, professors from across Middlebury’s curriculum have selected a diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when our “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting courses in religion, neuroscience, gender studies, political science, environmental studies, art history, biochemistry, and more. Museum hours>>

Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b. 1930), Spectral Cadmium, 1968, serigraph on paper, 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund and a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1976.150.

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Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

Votes . . . for Women?

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

While relatively few voices publicly questioned the prohibition against women voting in the decades following the country’s founding, most Americans did not wholeheartedly consider this question until the last century. This exhibit of vintage photographs, banners, and memorabilia coincides with the 100th anniversary of the campaign to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Museum hours>>

The suffragette “hikers” led by General Rosalie Jones at the Capitol, about to march up Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., February 27, 1913. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Memorial Art Acquisition Fund and the Reva B. Seybolt ’72 Art Acquisition Fund, 2018.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Sonic Preservation of the Berlin Wall

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Pamela Jordan of the Netherlands’ HEAD-Genuit-Foundation analyzes the Berlin Wall as a sonic infrastructural space. Propaganda broadcasts, guard dogs, gunfire, and sirens were violent, auditory markers along the barrier. The patent differences in the two sides’ soundscapes coerced silence on the East, actively demarcating a territory of surveillance and hostile control. Free

Berlin Wall sidewalk memorial, photo Pamela Jordan

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Dreaming about Design

Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

While most design projects take on lives of their own, a few become all-consuming. Cameron Visiting Architect Ben Allred, visiting assistant professor and associate at TruexCullins Architecture in Burlington, presents the top five projects he obsessed over by day and dreamed about by night, comprising architecture, graphic design, and set design. Free

Gateway Competition (in collaboration with Steve Schenker and Stefan Richter), photo Ben Allred

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:30 PM

NER Out Loud

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theater

This sixth-annual event features original prose and poetry from the New England Review literary magazine, read aloud by Middlebury College students from Oratory Now. Stay for the “s’more readings” reception with contributions from student magazines. For mature audiences. Free

Photos Todd Balfour

Sign language icon  Presented with sign language interpretation.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Friends of the Art Museum Purchase Party

Museum of Art and Mahaney Arts Center, Lower Lobby

The annual signature event of the Friends of the Art Museum, when the group determines what gift it will present to the museum with its membership funds. Members only; RSVP required. Membership information: 802-443-2309 or museum.middlebury.edu.

A member of the Friends examines a possible purchase.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Stile Antico

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

This three-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble presents Breaking the Habit, a concert celebrating the unprecedented number of female rulers in the 16th century, from the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England. Many of these monarchs used their patronage to facilitate the production of exquisitely beautiful music by female composers. Through this fascinating program, Stile Antico shines a light on often-neglected repertoire, bringing women from the Renaissance to life through song. A Nelson Fund event, made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. Tickets: $28 public/$22 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students.  

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Middlebury’s Mountain Ayres will sing for arriving patrons starting at 7:00 PM.

Photo Marco Borggreve

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Tintoretto at 500: Celebrating a Venetian Renaissance Master

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Robert Echols ’69, curator of landmark retrospective shows in Venice and Washington, honors the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto with a new assessment of the painter and his contribution, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the organization of a major international art exhibition. Free

Jacopo Tintoretto, Self-Portrait, c. 1547. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Marion R. Ascoli and the Marion R. and Max Ascoli Fund in honor of Lessing Rosenwald.

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Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Problem of Orphan Antiquities

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre and Lower Lobby

Not wanting to encourage looting or risk repatriation claims, museums hesitate to acquire unprovenanced antiquities. But what happens to such objects currently in private hands? Elizabeth Marlowe, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Art and Director of the Museum Studies Minor at Colgate University, argues that academic museums are well positioned to address this conundrum. Lunch provided. Free

Photo Andy Daddio / Colgate University

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Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Middlebury College Orchestra Fall 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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Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The SIJE celebrates the wisdom that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” with a program of contemporary jazz compositions and favorites from the classic big band repertoire. Dick Forman, director. Free

Photo Silvia Cantu Bautista ’20

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble Middlebury and Afropop Band

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

This concert opens with the African Music and Dance Ensemble performing repertoire that showcases the stylistic diversity and instrumental richness of traditional East African musical cultures. The performance also highlights the dynamic, communal, and interactive nature of African societies. The second half of the concert features the Afropop Band performing in musical styles from East, West, North, South, and Central Africa. Using pop and rock instrumentation, the group’s repertoire blends traditional African musical idioms with various Western and Afro-diasporic styles. Free

Photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Ken Gonzales-Day: Decolonizing the Museum

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216

Artist, author, and professor Ken Gonzales-Day will offer a lecture titled "Decolonizing The Museum:  Absence, Distance, & Naming in the Profiled Series," discussing the place of his art in decolonizing museums. Free

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:30 PM

One Flea Spare

Wright Theatre

London, 1665: the plague year. Mr. Snelgrave and his wife remain under quarantine inside their home. When a mysterious sailor and a young girl sneak into their house, social norms begin to crumble. Unrelentingly poetic and fiercely humorous, this Obie award-winning play by Naomi Wallace asks, who is master and who is servant? Directed by Claudio Medeiros ’90. Tickets: $15/12/8/6; on sale November 4

Pictured: The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (detail)

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Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Turtle Island Quartet and Cyrus Chestnut, Piano

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet makes its Middlebury debut in a collaborative concert with the series’ most frequent jazz artist, acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut, to traverse countless colors of jazz in a program called Carry Me Home. The partnership is infused with the global reach of gospel and sacred music, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the spiritually defined musical landscape of J. S. Bach. This moving night of Duke Ellington, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, Coltrane, and more, and features the world premiere of Saint Paul A.M.E., a new work by Middlebury College’s own music professor Matthew Evan Taylor, commissioned for our 100th anniversary season. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students. Read more>>

Toast the artists at a free post-concert reception.

Photo Johnathon Abbot; Photo Crystal Broussard

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Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Fall Dance Concert

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece. The evening is directed by Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins in collaboration with the choreographers. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 4

Performers from Fall 2018 Advanced Choreography class, photo Jonathan Hsu

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Mahaney Arts Center, 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. The program includes uplifting and celebratory songs of the season and the premiere of a psalm setting by Professor Peter Hamlin ’73, newly composed in memory of Grace Weber ’77 and Steve Weber. Jeff Rehbach, conductor; Tim Guiles, accompanist. Free

Photo Silvia Cantu Bautista '20

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