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Self Comes to Mind

May 1, Friday

Self Comes to Mind:

Musical Performance and Colloquium on Creativity and Neuroscience

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Before publishing his best-selling book Self Comes to Mind, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio wrote a poem of the same title about consciousness arising from the emotional brain. Inspired by this poem, composer Bruce Adolphe wrote a musical piece, and filmmaker Ioana Uricaru created a companion video using images exclusively from the neuroimaging lab of neuroscientist Hanna Damasio (married to Antonio Damasio). This event has been staged at the New York Museum of Natural History and the Broad Stage with the Los Angeles chamber orchestra. Now the live music and video performance is brought to Middlebury by cellist Jay Campbell and percussionists Jane Boxall Allen and Nicola Cannizzaro. The performance will lead into a conversation about neuroscience and the many facets of creativity, moderated by Middlebury faculty Dana Yeaton, including Adolphe and Uricaru. Stay for a post-show reception in the lobby. Sponsored by the Departments of Film and Media Culture and Music and by the program in Neuroscience. Supported by the Middlebury Committee on the Arts and the Academic Enrichment Fund. Free


May 1, Friday

Museum of Art Closed for Installation of New Sculpture

The Museum will resume regular hours on Saturday, May 2.

The Middlebury College Museum of Art will be closed to allow for the installation of an important new sculpture created by the contemporary Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens (b.1951). The work, titled Some Need, is a wall sculpture comprised of manipulated strips of copper wire that extend outward from the wall. When illuminated by bright light the wire creates shadows that can be read as text.  Eerdekens’ work has been described as “the interplay between light, materials and language.”  It is simultaneously simple yet artful and the eight phrases that comprise Some Need form a sequence of words that reflect on human actions, both physical and intellectual.


Coffee Cup

May 1, Friday

Cafe Closed for the Day

In conjunction with the Museum's one-day closure, Rehearsals cafe will also suspend service for the day.

The cafe will reopen on Monday, May 4.

May 1-2, Friday–Saturday

Spring Awakening

7:30 PM each evening, Wright Memorial Theatre

Set in the sexually oppressive culture of late-19th-century Germany, this play by Frank Wedekind captures the seductions that adolescents harbor in their anxious souls: the alluring chant of nihilism, the feral impulses toward violence, and the thought-obliterating joys of sex. At turns poetic, melancholic, violent, and funny, this once-scandalous play will remain relevant as long as the prism of puberty continues to make the world seem strange and terrifying. Directed by Cláudio Medeiros ’90; sponsored by the Theatre Program. Also on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 PM. Post-show discussion each night. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 13. Go to the online box office>>

Please note that Spring Awakening addresses complex issues of sexuality, violence, and suicide that may be difficult for some audience members. This production is for mature audiences only.

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Senior Thesis Dance Concert 15 (2) Senior Thesis Dance Concert 15

May 1–2, Friday–Saturday

Senior Thesis Dance Concert: Stevie Durocher ’15.5, Doug LeCours ’15, Sarae Snyder ’15, Afi Yellow-Duke ’15

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Four seniors examine the intersection of contemporary choreography with their varied additional disciplines—creative writing, literature, sociology, and Chinese—to create an evening as diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 13. Go to the online box office>>

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Photos by Alan Kimara Dixon


May 2, Saturday

Stray Dogs

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An alcoholic single father ekes out a living as a human billboard on the busy streets of Taipei, while his children wait out their days in supermarkets before joining him in an abandoned building to sleep. Director Tsai Ming-liang, who creates principal characters living the cruelest of existences on the ragged edges of the modern world, “may be the best chronicler we have of the temps mort between social reality and darkly comic dreams of despair”— Tony Rayns, Film Comment. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ming-liang Tsai, France/Taiwan, 2013, 138 minutes) Free


May 2, Saturday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

Dick Forman, director

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

The College’s big band swings into spring with a concert that’s sure to set toes tapping and fingers snapping. There might just be dancing in the aisles! Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Michael O’Hara ’17



May 3, Sunday

Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music

3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Students of this semester’s performing chamber music course are featured performers in this lovely Sunday afternoon concert.  Instrumental and vocal performances include works by Böhme, Faillenot, Massenet, Bach, Shostakovich, and more. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

May 3, Sunday

Friends of the Art Museum Annual Meeting and Supper

5:30 PM, Kirk Alumni Center

Members of the Friends of the Art Museum and invited guests gather to celebrate the year in review, welcome incoming officers and trustees, and present awards for distinction in the visual arts. Membership information: 802.443.2309 or


May 3, Sunday

A Concert by Gloria Breck ’18  and Shannia Fu ‘17

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

A lively concert of piano duets performed by Gloria Breck and Shannia Fu includes works by Debussy, Rachmaninov, and Schubert. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

May 5, Tuesday

Recital by Piano Students of Diana Fanning

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

This annual spring concert offers an evening of beautiful music by talented piano students. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

taking flight

May 6, 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 Visiting Assistant Professor Trebien Pollard. Sponsored by the  Dance Program. Free

May 7, Thursday

Jazz Showcase

8:00-10:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Some of the College’s top jazz instrumentalists and singers will present selections from their term’s work. It’s a celebration of the music that’s been called America’s National Treasure. The performance is free and the public is invited. Sponsored by the Music Department. Free


May 8, Friday

Paul Lewis, piano

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

Twelve years ago, Performing Arts Series director Paul Nelson was the first presenter to invite now-internationally-acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis to perform in the states. Since then, many Middlebury performances and awards for Lewis have transpired; so it seems only fitting that Lewis should return to play Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas (opp. 109–111) for Nelson’s final concert as series director. A reception honoring Nelson and his 30 years directing the series follows the concert. Professor Larry Hamberlin, of the music department, now offers the pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series with support from Performing Arts Series Society members Leif Magnusson ’69 and Charlotte Sibley ’68, in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6*  Go to the online box office>>

*This concert is now sold out. Any returned tickets will become available one hour prior to curtain by phone (802-443-3168) or in person at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office.  

Photo Josep Molina, Molina Visuals

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May 9, Saturday

Scenes and Songs

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

Vocal students of affiliate artists Carol Christensen, Susanne Peck, and Beth Thompson present a lively sampling of musical theatre from opera to Broadway. Join us for this popular and fun evening. Accompanied by Annemieke Spoelstra McLane, piano. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


May 10, Sunday

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Jeff Rehbach, conductor; Timothy Guiles, accompanist

3:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

The 80-voice chorus welcomes spring with its popular Mother’s Day concert, which includes a delightful mix of choral works from times past and present. The program features Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Luminous Night of the Soul” for piano, strings, and choir; e.e. cummings poems set to music by Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker; a unique afro-jazz setting of “Simple Gifts”; and Haydn’s classic “Come, gentle spring.” The chorus, with a history that dates back more than 150 years, brings singers together from on and off campus to present this joyful performance. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Max Kraus

Movement and Media

May 11, Monday

Movement and Media + Electronic Music: Informal Gallery Showing

5:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The students of Scotty Hardwig’s spring Movement and Media class and Peter Hamlin’s Electronic Music class will perform original works, following a semester of interdisciplinary investigation into the dynamic relationship between the body, electronic music, and digital media. Open gallery, audio, and video installations will run from 12:00-8:00 PM, with live performances beginning at 5:00 PM. Sponsored by the Dance Program and the Department of Music.

Senior film screening

May 11, Monday

Senior Tutorial Film Screening and Presentation

7:30–10:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Please join the Department of Film and Media Culture in hosting these Spring term student films from the Senior Tutorial class. Featuring senior thesis work by Christian Bonaventura, Will Hanley, Stella Holt, Hunter Huebsch, Shirel Lebovich, Hannah Marks, Dylan Redford, Molly Stuart, Zach Wilson, and Jason Zhang. Sponsored by the Film and Media Culture Department. Free

May 13, Wednesday (through May 22)

Senior Independent Studio Art Exhibition

Johnson Memorial Building

Students in ART 700 exhibit works in various media in this culminating exhibition, which showcases the work of advanced students completing semester-long independent studio art. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Works by Dylan Redford ’15, Spencer Brown ’14, and Sally Caruso ’15.5 in the 2014 Senior Independent Studio Art Exhibition


May 13, Wednesday

Milo Stanley '17.5, fiddle

7:30 PM, Chateau Salon

Milo Stanley performs a selection of traditional New England fiddle tunes from the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, accompanied by Affiliate Artist Pete Sutherland. This concert is the culmination of a semester-long independent study of fiddle tunes and dance music in the Flanders Collection. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


May 22, Friday

Senior Week Choral Concert

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

The College Choir presents its final concert with the graduates of the Class of 2015, featuring some of the students’ favorite repertoire from the past four years of singing at Middlebury. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Tim Miller

May 22, Friday (through August 9)

Many Thousand Gone: Portraits of the African American Experience

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Johnson Gallery

This exhibit is comprised of approximately 100 photographs of African Americans from the exhaustive yet little known collection of George R. Rinhart, one of the foremost collectors of American photography. Selected images range from daguerreotypes created in the 1840s to photographs of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. Many of these images have never been previously exhibited. Free

Unknown photographer, Sitter, probably James Forten (1766–1842), c. 1840, daguerreotype, sixth plate. Collection of George R. Rinhart.


May 22, Friday (through August 9)

The Language Schools at the Museum

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

Travel the world in this summer exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Middlebury Language Schools. The many countries and cultures of Middlebury’s Language Schools are represented by 20 works of art selected from the museum’s permanent collection. Free

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May 27 & 28, Wednesday-Thursday

Spring Into the Arts

Daylong, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Students from all over Addison County display their artwork and attend performances as part of a two-day celebration of the arts in education. Stop by and see the creative work of these young artists on the walls of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Sponsored by the Addison Central Supervisory Union and Middlebury College. Free

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