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Extended! Now on view through December 13

Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Through painted canvasses and “sound portraits,” artist Kate Gridley marks the passage of emerging adults as they come to realize their selves and claim their voices. Passing Through is an installation that uses the images and voices of many characters to expand the notion of portraiture, beyond capturing moments of an individual life to noting psychological presentations of self in a particular time, culture, and place. Five paintings are accompanied by five sound portraits in this special extension of Gridley’s earlier exhibition. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Director of the Arts, Town Hall Theater, Vermont Community Foundation, and the Growald Family Fund. Free
Kate Gridley (American, b. 1956), Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults, 2013, oil on linen, 60 x 30 inches. Photo Howard Romero


December 1, Monday

Cyber Monday Special

Today Only!

Give the gift of the performing arts this holiday season! Buy a $50 Gift Certificate for only $40 on Cyber Monday only (December 1). Certificate valid for the Performing Arts Series, and theatre, dance, or music departmental performances. Buy yours in person at the Mahaney Center for the Arts or McCullough box offices, by phone at 802.443.MIDD (6433), or online at


December 1, Monday (through December 9)

Silkscreen Prints

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

Students in Hedya Klein’s printmaking class addressed various technical and conceptual challenges in order to compose complex prints. By layering textures, shapes, lines, values, and colors, and by incorporating elements of drawing and digital manipulation, they created an array of inventive imagery, both observed from life and from their own imaginations. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Anna Church ’14, screen printed image, 11 x 18 inches


December 1-5, Monday-Friday

Sign Up for Music Lessons

Starting at 8:00 AM Monday; ending at 3:00 PM Friday

For Middlebury College students: sign up for private music lessons in piano, harpsichord, organ, winds, horns, reeds, bagpipes, Celtic harp and whistle, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar (acoustic, electric, jazz), vocals, strings, or drums. Lessons start the week of January 5, 2015. 4 lessons (45 minutes each), $174 charged to your student account. Sign up online at go/musiclessons For more information visit the Music Department website at or, x5221


December 1, Monday

Aeolus Quartet

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). They are currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. Their concert program, entitled “Microcosms,” includes works by Stravinsky, Webern, Nancarrow, Corigliano, and Schulhoff, exploring many of the most concise and enigmatic contributions to the quartet repertoire.  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



December 3, Wednesday

Taking Flight

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Advanced Beginning Dance course, facilitated by Assistant Professor Tzveta Kassabova. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free


December 3, Wednesday

Dance History Presentations

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Dance History students will present individual research of dance scholarship framed in aesthetics, history, culture and social representation. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free



December 3, Wednesday

The Music of 209

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

A program of original compositions written and performed by students in MUSC 0209. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free








December 4, Thursday

Informal Showing: The Dance Company of Middlebury

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre


This informal showing will feature the works of Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard and Danielle Russo. Join the artists in an open dialogue about their creative process and artistry. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free 

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon



December 4, Thursday

Dance Auditions: Spring 2015 Faculty Projects

7:00-9:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Want to dance? Come audition to perform in new works by dance faculty Christal Brown, Tzveta Kassabova, Scotty Hardwig, and Trebien Pollard. Open to all Middlebury students.  Sponsored by the Dance Program.

Photos Alan Kimara Dixon







December 4, Thursday

Jazz Showcase

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Some of the College’s top jazz players will present selections from their term’s work.  It’s a celebration of the music that’s been called America’s National Treasure. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free








December 4-6, Thursday-Saturday

Man Making: A Fever Dream

8:00 PM each evening, Hepburn Zoo

Senior work in devised theatre by Nick Hemerling ’15 and Adam Milano ’15. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $5; on sale November 17. Go to the box office>>







December 5, Friday

Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

 6:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

A festive evening for members to gather and celebrate the second year of PASS, preview select performances from the 2015–16 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or





December 5, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

Carmit Zori, violin
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Teng Li, viola
Sophie Shao, cello
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, cellist Sophie Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This year, she returns with friends to perform Haydn's Piano Trio no. 43 in C Major,  Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, and the world premiere of Revelations for piano quintet—composed by Professor of Music Su Lian Tan in honor of Paul Nelson’s 30th and final season as the Performing Arts Series director. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the online box office>>

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December 6, Saturday

Vocal Recital

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Students of affiliate artists Carol Christensen, Susanne Peck, and Beth Thompson cap off a semester of vocal study with an evening of songs and arias. Accompanied by Cynthia Huard and Annemieke Spoelstra McLane, piano. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Julianne Weiboldt ’14 and Michael McCann ’15




December 7, Sunday

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas

4:00 and 7:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Modeled after the long-standing European tradition, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols for choir, organ, and congregation. Each service is preceded by performances on the chapel carillon. Laurel Jordan, chaplain; Middlebury College Chapel Choir, Jeffrey Buettner, director; Emory Fanning, organ. Free

Lippo D’Andrea, Italian, 1377–after 1427,The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints John the Baptist and Nicholas of Bari (detail), tempera on panel, 49 1/4 x 23 3/4 inches. Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Walter Cerf Art Fund. Conservation of this work was made possible by a generous grant from the Middlebury College Arts Council. 2005.056




December 8, Monday

The Museum of Extraordinary Minutia

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

A staged reading of a new play by Erica Furgiuele ’15.  Author's Note (9/17/14): “I've been kidnapped by my own characters, but we will all be back in time for this reading. Promise. I never miss an entrance.” Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free, no tickets required.


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