April 2010


April 1, Thursday

Slide Lecture: “Art and the Public Realm”

4:30 P.M., Twilight Auditorium
Internationally renowned artist Spencer Finch gives an illustrated lecture about his experiences producing public art installations. Finch's work probes both the transience and permanence of the human experience. His installations explore the phenomena of light, color and shadow, distilling works of poetry and literature, as well as engaging the natural world and the physical sciences. Sponsored by the Committee on Art in Public Places and the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free


April 1-3, Thursday-Saturday

La Malasangre (Bad Blood)

8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 2:00 P.M. on Saturday only; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

In this compelling play about power, violence, and love, a controlling father is determined to dictate his daughter’s future—but his plans go awry when she falls in love with the wrong man. Argentinean playwright Griselda Gambaro’s tragedy serves as a metaphor for the dictatorships that have oppressed her country. The production promises an intense exploration of the violence that we perpetrate against others, and how institutionalized violence affects our personal lives. Senior work of Cassidy Boyd '10 (acting); directed by Claudio Medeiros '90; translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale March 15.


April 1-3, Thursday-Saturday

Wonder of the World

8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 11:00 P.M. on Friday only; Hepburn Zoo
Play by David Lindsay-Abaire; senior work of Christine Chung '10 (acting) and Oscar Loyo '10 (directing). "Someone disappointed me in an unspeakable way, and now my synapses don't work properly," says Cass, a normal housewife in David Lindsay-Abair’s comedic exploration of marriage, loss, and everything in between. Cass’ journey starts with the discovery of her husband's bizarre secret life and leads to a trip answering love’s mysteries at the world's most famous honeymoon and suicide destination: Niagara Falls. The pseudo-sitcom antics, and relationships complete with a group of oddballs and outcasts, allow Cass to question the proclivity of marriage to bring you "close to the water's edge." Join us for Cass’ maiden voyage to life after marriage. Tickets: $4; on sale March 15.


April 2, Friday

An Evening of Improvised Music from Stone Document

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Stone Document is a progressive - ambient - fusion trio manned by drummer/keyboardist Mike Roze, guitarist Dennis “Doc” Tirch, and Chapman Stick player Mark Christensen.  Check any preconceptions about "prog rock" or “jam based” music at the attic door, and give a listen to this blend of electronic pulse, psychedelic improvisations, and a return to music without borders.  Stone Document evokes the experimental spirit of early art rock, while delving through the limits of electronic sound.  They are sometimes even allowed a sense of humor. Live performances involve elements of free jazz, ambient/dub, and intense experimental excursions.  Drummer Mike Roze has lent his engineering and studio expertise to the likes of Mercury Rev, King Crimson, and Lamb of God.  Tirch is a veteran experimental guitarist, who has spent the last several years studying the Guitar Craft approach to music through Tony Geballe, and on retreats with Robert Fripp and other senior “Crafties.” Mark Christensen is also a Guitar Craft student who has studied with Fripp and has contributed to projects by Regional Science Fair, Arty LaVigne, and Cyrus Chestnut. Each Stone Document set is a free improvisational journey which seeks to blend with the energy and attention of the audience and the space. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free


April 3, Saturday

The Edge of Heaven

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Nejat, a young professor, becomes fascinated with the women in his father’s life. When his father’s live-in girlfriend dies, Nejat travels to Istanbul looking for her daughter—but her political activism has forced her to flee to Germany, where she is befriended by an impulsive idealist. The interconnected stories explore the often-tumultuous intersection of families, generations, and German and Turkish culture. “A film roiling with cruelty but guided by tough political optimism”—Wesley Morris, Boston Globe. Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival. In German and Turkish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Germany/Turkey/Italy, 2007, 122 minutes) Free



April 4, Sunday

Richard Goode, piano

4:00 P.M.*, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Pianist Richard Goode has been hailed for making music with tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of classical and Romantic music. He returns to Middlebury, on Easter Sunday, with a program that includes works by Haydn and Schumann. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
*NEW! Pre-concert Lecture/Demonstration with the Artist, on Haydn's piano sonatas. 3:15 P.M., MCFA, Concert Hall




April 4, Sunday

Zolotoi Plyos

8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel
This colorful ensemble offers a lively program of Russian folk songs and instrumental music. Its members, Sergei Gratchev, Elena Sadina, and Aleksandr Solovov (left to right) are all graduates of the Saratov Music Conservatory of Saratov, Russia. Always a highlight of the Language Schools calendar, Zolotoi Plyos ("Golden Strand") has delighted Middlebury audiences for the past several summers; this concert marks the second time they will have performed at the College during the undergraduate academic year.  Presented by the Department of Russian, Atwater Commons, the Department of Music, Rohaytn Center for International Affairs, and the Academic Enrichment fund.


April 6, Tuesday

Artist Talk: Fred Liang, "Territory of Thought"

4:30 P.M.,  Johnson Building, Room 304
Fred Liang makes work using sources including traditional Chinese paper cut, Jian Zhi, and Song Dynasty scroll paintings. He received his BFA from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in 1989, and his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1991. In his artist statement, he writes, "During the past decade my work has intertwined such seemingly oppositional perspectives as Eastern and Western philosophy, Taoist poetry, art and science, as well as ephemeral and concrete references to places near and far." Sponsored by the Studio Art Program, the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund and the Committee on the Arts. Free
Pictured: Fred Liang, Sunshine Museum, photo Peter Wayne Lewis



April 8, Thursday

Lost Worlds? 19th-Century American Paintings from Shelburne Museum

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall*
John McWilliams, professor of humanities, lectures on the paintings included in the exhibition of American art from Shelburne Museum as he reflects on the ways in which our responses to once accessible images are altered by their seeming disappearance from cultural currency. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free
*please note revised location



April 8, Thursday

DaWeon Ryu '10, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Senior DaWeon Ryu gives her piano recital, performing Haydn's Variations in F minor, Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, Chopin's Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brilliante, and Beethoven's Waldstein sonata. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free




April 8-10, Thursday-Saturday

West Side Story

8:00 P.M. each evening, McCullough, Social Space
Middlebury College Musical Players is proud to present the classic broadway musical West Side Story! Set in the gritty streets of mid-1950s New York City and based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story explores the rivalry between two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, as well as an unlikely love affair between Tony and Maria, members of the opposing groups. With rousing music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, this is a show you won't want to miss. Tickets: $10/8/6; on-sale March 15.



April 9, Friday

Siobhan O'Malley '10, bassoon

8:00 P.M, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Her senior recital caps off a collegiate musical career. The concert program includes solo pieces by Mozart and Hindemith, as well as performances with her woodwind trio and bassoon ensemble. O'Malley is a student of Rachael Elliott. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free



April 10, Saturday

RiP: A Remix Manifesto

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Director Brett Gaylor explores the modern media landscape and the tension between copyright laws and remix culture in this collaborative documentary, available free online for viewers to remix. The film focuses on Girl Talk, a popular mash-up musician, and includes input from Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and pop-culture critic Cory Doctorow. “A forceful, vibrant and immensely entertaining call to action”—Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Canada, 2009, 80 minutes) Free



April 10, Saturday

The Dick Forman Jazz Group

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
An evening of sparkling, sophisticated, mainstream jazz. The DFJG’s ballads, blues, bebop, and swing are sure to set toes tapping. Long a favorite of Vermont audiences, the Jazz Group features Paul Asbell on guitar, as well as some of New England’s finest musicians. Forman is the Music Department’s Director of Jazz Activities and an Affiliate Artist. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free



Ezra Axelrod
April 10, Saturday

Lust for Wisdom
by Ezra Axelrod '08

8:00 P.M., Mead Chapel
London-based recording artist Ezra Axelrod '08 brings his "Lust for Wisdom" North American tour to Middlebury College for a performance that explores themes of lust, love, conflict, and masculine/gay identity through original songs.  The Middlebury concert will feature several guest appearances by Axelrod's Middlebury friends and mentors.  The concept of the tour is based on a line from one of Axelrod’s songs: “I gave you all my lust / for a piece of your precious wisdom,” making reference to a young person’s journey of trial and error to find his place in the world. Sponsored by MOQA and the Department of Music. Free




April 12, Monday


Juventas String Quartet

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
This Boston-based new music ensemble's mission is to promote and perform new music by young, living composers. Since its founding in 2005, Juventas has performed the work of over 80 composers in exhilarating concerts that showcase the diversity of contemporary music. From lyrical melodies to recorded sounds from outer space, Juventas performances are a tour de force. The performers are Ari Streisfeld, violin; Sara Matayoshi, violin; Ashleigh Gordon, viola; and Brandon Brooks, cello.  Their program includes Brian Mark's Sirens (trio); Ethan Greene's Roll (quartet); Salvatore Sciarrino's 6 Caprices; (solo violin); and Su Lian Tan's, Life in Wayang (quartet). Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free



April 13, Tuesday (through April 24)

preternatura, by Jill Reynolds, 2009 Cameron Artist in Residence
Johnson Memorial Building, The Gallery of Contemporary Art

Jill Reynolds uses flameworked glass to create artworks inspired by the metaphors of science. While on campus this spring as the Cameron Artist in Residence she is teaching Labudiostudatory, an introductory art course using 3D and 4D (time-based) media and techniques to re-imagine structures micro and macro, produce visual poetry based on genomics, and construct maps of neuro-geography and other complex systems. This exhibition--entitled
preternatura--features new work created while in residence on the Middlebury campus. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Fund for Enrichment in the Arts. Free


JillReynoldsApril 13, Tuesday

Opening Reception for preternatura

4:30 P.M., Johnson Memorial Building, The Gallery of Contemporary Art

Opening reception for 2009 Cameron Artist in Residence Jill Reynolds' exhibition preternatura. See exhibition details above.Sponsored by the Cameron Family Fund for Enrichment in the Arts. Free




April 14, Wednesday

Takács Quartet

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Since their first Middlebury performance in 1994, the Takács have become a beloved and highly acclaimed quartet around the globe, and especially here in Middlebury. On this 23rd local recital, they perform Haydn’s op. 71, no. 2; a new work by Psathas titled A Cool Wind, and works by Beethoven. A question-and-answer session with the quartet immediately follows the performance. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

Update: Second Violinist Károly Schranz is undergoing rotator cuff surgery in March, 2010 and will resume concerts with the Quartet from September, 2010.  For their Middlebury concert, Mr. Schranz will be replaced by violinist Lina Bahn of the Corigliano Quartet, an esteemed colleague at the University of Colorado, Boulder.




April 15, Thursday

How Culture Explains (Almost) Everything

4:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium*
In this lecture, Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for The New York Times, explains how culture not only entertains and distracts us, it also helps us understand the deepest fears, desires, and aspirations behind the big political and economic forces of the day. Kimmelman will take us on a guided tour across the continent and elsewhere—a tour unlike any other, an insider’s look that no tourist ever gets—to reveal how culture is no longer something handed down from on high, which citizens must passively receive. It is not just what art critics proclaim. Rather, it points us toward those things around us that shape how we live, how we treat one another: it helps reveal who we are to ourselves. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free
*Please note new location.



April 15-17, Thursday-Saturday

After Miss Julie

8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 11:00 P.M. Friday only; Hepburn Zoo
Play by Patrick Marber; senior work of Mathew Nakitare '10 (acting) and Martha Newman '10 (acting). After Miss Julie, Patrick Marber’s daring adaptation of Miss Julie, re-imagines August Strindberg’s masterpiece and theatre’s first "naturalistic tragedy." On the night of the British Labour Party’s election victory in July of 1945, Miss Julie and her father’s chauffeur, John, envision a life together. As the two ultimately push each other towards self-destruction, Marber strips bare modern British society revealing a love story about the impossibility of social movement. Tickets: $4; on sale March 29



April 16, Friday

Spring Student Symposium

Middlebury's Annual Spring Student Symposium is designed to showcase and applaud the undergraduate research and creative efforts of the student body. 



April 16,  Friday

"A Choral Fantasy:" Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus and Concert Chorale Spring Concert

Jeffrey Buettner, conductor
8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Masterworks from the concert hall, cathedral, stage, and cinema are featured in a program of popular favorites past to present. The concert closes with Beethoven's ebullient and virtuosic Choral Fantasy, in a performance that features pianist Annemieke Spoelstra.  Tickets: $10/8/6


April 16–17, Friday–Saturday

Walking the Curb:
Senior Dance Concert of Elizabeth Boles ’10, Philippe Bronchtein ’10, and Sophia Levine ’10

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Three senior dance majors with dynamically different artistic visions and academic interests contribute new choreography, music, poetry, and experiments in issue-driven dance to this joint concert. Their work is sourced in questions about how individual humanity (identity) is affected by digital technology, the environment, and social injustice. Their answers are as diverse as their concerns. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $10/8/6;  on sale March 29



April 16-18, Friday-Sunday


8:00 P.M. each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre
Play by R.L. Stevenson, adapted by Ross Bell '10. Senior work of Ross Bell '10 (directing), Ben Schiffer '10 (sound design) Independent work of Ryan Bates '11 (set design.) Set in an alternate version of the year 1916, Jekyll is an adaptation for stage and screen of R.L. Stevenson's classic novel. Live performances will be shot and edited for online distribution and a screening later in the semester.  Starring Christo Grabowski '12, Lilli Stein '11, Charles Giardina '12, and Noah Berman '13. Designed by Carlie Crawford '11 (costumes), Heather Pynne '11 (lighting). Tickets: $4; on sale March 29



April 17, Saturday


3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Diago Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a cellist without an orchestra. When he moves back to his hometown with his wife to start over, he’s so eager for work that he unknowingly applies to work for an undertaker. While his wife and acquaintances disapprove, Diago discovers the wonder, joy, and meaning of life through his connection to death. “Eccentric, movingly funny, and lushly scored black comedy”—Emanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7. Directed by Yojiro Takita. Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film. In Japanese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Japan, 2008, 130 minutes) Free



April 17, Saturday

Student Instrumental Recital

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Experience a variety of musical performances in this concert by students in the Department of Music. Free



April 18, Sunday

François Clemmons, tenor:
65th Birthday Celebration Concert

4:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence François Clemmons presents a joyful concert to celebrate his 65th birthday. For this concert, he is accompanied by Affiliate Artist Cynthia Huard. Special guests include student a cappella group "Stuck in the Middle," and the MLK Spiritual Choir. The program includes Frauenliebe und- leben by Robert Schumann and a selection of spirituals. Clemmons’s distinguished career has taken him from the Metropolitan Opera to the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. He earned a Grammy Award for his performance as “Sportin’ Life” in Porgy and Bess with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1973. He is perhaps best known for his role as the friendly policeman, Officer Clemmons, on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Free



April 18, Sunday


4:00 and 7:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Written and directed by Jesse Holland '02 and Andy Mitton '01, YellowBrickRoad is a sophisticated horror film about a small New Hampshire town gone missing at a trailhead in 1940, and the current day team of eight determined to solve the mystery and reach the end of the trail. The cast and crew features over a dozen Middlebury alumni, current students and faculty member Alex Draper. A Q&A with filmmakers, cast and crew will follow each screening. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free



April 19, Monday

Artist Talk: Ellen Driscoll

4:30 P.M., Johnson Building, Room 304
Ellen Driscoll's sculptures, drawings, and installations explore resource consumption and material lineage. Her latest multi-part, multi-year project, FASTFORWARDFOSSIL, highlights the relationship between water and oil consumption and was displayed at the Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York, NY. Driscoll's previous work includes installations such as "The Loophole of Retreat" (Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, 1991), and "Passionate Attitudes" (Threadwaxing Space, New York, 1995), public art projects such as "As Above, So Below" for Grand Central Terminal (1999), a suite of 20 mosaic and glass works for the tunnels at 45th,47th and 48th streets, "Catching the Drift", a women's restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art (2003), and "Aqueous Humour", a kinetic sculpture for the South Boston Maritime Park (2004). Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, the LEF Foundation, and Radcliffe's Bunting Institute. Her work is included in major public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is currently the head of the sculpture department at Rhode Island School of Design. Sponsored by the Christian A. Johnson Arts Enrichment Fund, the Committee on the Arts, and the Studio Art Program. Free


April 21, Wednesday

Performing 20th Century Chamber Music

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Students in Su Tan's spring term class present their final performances. Also on May 9. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



April 21, Wednesday

"Work/Song: the Musical Transformation of Labor, Culture, and Place"

A Talk by T.J. Watson Fellow Bennett Konesni '04.5

7:00 P.M., Robert A. Jones House Conference Room
From shipboard chants to cattle yodels, people around the world have found musical ways to make difficult work more enjoyable, to shape and connect with their environment, and to express the joy and sorrow of everyday life. Bennett Konesni '04.5 will explore these topics in a 30-minute, self-produced documentary film entitled "Work/Song: Musical Labor of Farmers, Herders and Fishermen in Tanzania, Mongolia and Ghana," after which he will discuss and demonstrate the ways people merge song and labor in unique settings.  From the culture and geography of song to the ecology of rural soundscapes, this discussion will be an intimate look at the intersection between music, culture, ecology, and geography. Refreshments will be served. Presented by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, and the Departments of Biology, Geology, Music, and Sociology/Anthropology. Free


April 22, Thursday

Education, Sustainability, and Letting Go

7:00 P.M., McCullough Social Space
John Elder delivers the Margolin Lecture in Environmental Studies. This event is part of a series of events in honor of Elder on the occasion of his retirement, including two panel discussions on Friday, and a performance on Saturday entitled Dancing with Rivers: Letting Go. Free


Violin-photo credit-Eamon Coyne

April 22, Thursday

Anne Willborn '10, violin

7:30 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel
Senior violinist Anne Willborn will perform some of Bach's most cherished works: the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Selections will include the Partita No. 3 in E Major, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor and Partita No. 2 in D Minor. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



April 22-24, Thursday-Saturday


8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 2:00 P.M. Saturday only; Hepburn Zoo

Theatre major Schuyler Beeman will be performing a night of monologues, dialogues, solos, and duets for his thesis work. Through song and and spoken word, Schuyler will play multiple types of characters through a varied selection of classical and contemporary scenes as a culmination of his work in musical theatre, physical theatre, and drama here at Middlebury College. Tickets: $4; on sale April 5.


Andrea Olsen by pond

April 23, Friday

Nature and Creativity

11:00 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Panel Discussion presented by the Programs in Environmental Studies and Dance, in conjunction with the Letting Go: Dancing with Rivers event on Saturday, April 24. Free
Pictured: Professor Andrea Olsen dancing by the Mahaney Center for the Arts pond



Louisa Conrad-No Sign Of Life

April 23, Friday

Environmental Literature

12:30 P.M., Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Panel Discussion organized by the Department of English and American Literatures, in conjunction with the Letting Go: Dancing with Rivers event on Saturday, April 24. Free
pictured: Louisa Conrad '04, No Sign of Life




UPDATE! *See below

April 23, Friday

Paul Lewis, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
* Due to air travel delays across Europe, Mr. Lewis is not able to reach the United States for this much-anticipated concert.  However, Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson has scheduled pianist Hong Xu to perform in his stead this Friday evening. Please see additional information below.

Hong Xu, piano
April 23, Friday 

Hong Xu, piano 

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

A rising star of the classical music scene, Juilliard trained and Honens International Piano Competition Laureate Hong Xu performs works by Mozart, Beethoven, Scriabin, Corigliano and Schubert. The New York Times calls him "...a technically brilliant, insightful musician of seemingly limitless potential." Mr. Xu has graciously agreed to appear at Middlebury in place of British pianist Paul Lewis, who is unable to reach the United States due to the air traffic delays across the European continent.

Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson states, "Before 6 o'clock Monday morning when I called Paul Lewis's management in London and learned his flight to America had been cancelled, I didn't know much about Hong Xu. But he is on the same London roster as Paul Lewis, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Serkin, and Kirell Gerstein-all these pianists have played here-and Till Fellner, who will play here in October. Mr. Xu has recently played at Wigmore Hall in London, the Gold Standard of recital halls in the world (so far as I'm concerned), and they immediately re-engaged him and are planning to produce a live recording of his next recital there. Further, I learned that Mr. Xu had filled in for another pianist on Paul Lewis's management's roster, a Finnish pianist also detained in Europe by the volcano. The venue is in Vancouver, and incidentally, it happens to be the place from which I first learned about Paul Lewis. Hong Xu performed there last Sunday afternoon. Afterward my colleague wrote to the London management, ‘an utterly amazing talent. A wonderful piece of programming.'


Tickets for this Friday's concert will be honored per usual, with this wonderful new performer in place. Questions? Please contact our box office at 802.443.MIDD (6433).


Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.



April 24, Saturday

Frozen River

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is an upstate New York “trailer mom” struggling to make ends meet after her husband takes off with their savings. After meeting a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, Ray reluctantly teams up with a smuggler to make trips across the frozen St. Lawrence River with illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of her Dodge. “Ms. Hunt’s eye for detail has the precision of a short-story writer’s. She misses nothing”—Stephen Holden, New York Times. Directed by Courtney Hunt. Gotham Award, Best Film; Independent Spirit Award, Best Female Lead. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (USA, 2008, 97 minutes) Free




Saturday, April 24

Letting Go: Dancing With Rivers

A Celebration of John Elder's 37 Years at Middlebury College

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Please join us in celebrating John Elder's inspiring teaching and community leadership as he retires from Middlebury College this spring. Letting Go: Dancing With Rivers features five dances and readings by colleagues and friends, with live music throughout. Free
The performance will be followed by a local foods reception at the MCFA, and a dinner at American Flatbread ($20; RSVP to agiesche@middlebury.edu).

Letting Go: Dancing with Rivers is part of a series of events in honor of Elder. He delivers the Margolin Lecture in Environmental Studies (Thursday April 22 at 7:00 P.M. in McCullough), with the topic "Education, Sustainability, and Letting Go." On Friday, two panel discussions take place: first, Nature and Creativity, presented by the Programs in Environmental Studies and Dance; then, Environmental Literature, organized by the Department of English and American Literatures. Ongoing art exhibits feature the work of Ben Brouwer '03, Professor Kirsten Hoving, and Louisa Conrad '04. All are welcome at an informal gathering and bonfire at the Organic Garden Friday afternoon. 



April 24, Saturday

Spring Choral Concert

Jeffrey Buettner and Jessica Allen, conductors
P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Music for women's voices by Gwyneth Walker, Latin American folk songs for men's voices and Handel's "The King Shall Rejoice" with chamber orchestra are highlights in a program of exquisite musical color for the coming of spring. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 5



April 25, Sunday

Program of Duets and Solos by Students of Cynthia Huard

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate artist Cynthia Huard presents her piano students in concert.  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free





April 27, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: The Good Woman of Setzuan

12:30 P.M., Wright Memorial Theatre
Director Cheryl Faraone introduces the play and leads a discussion about the upcoming production; members of the cast and crew share insights on their work.Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.



April 29, Thursday

Recital by Piano Students of Diana Fanning

8:00 P.M, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The spring recital by Diana Fanning's piano students will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Mozart, and Schumann. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free



April 29–May 1, Thursday-Saturday

The Good Woman of Setzuan

8:00 P.M. each evening, with a 2:00 P.M. matinee on Saturday only*; Wright Memorial Theatre

In this parable for the theatre by Bertolt Brecht, three gods come to Earth in search of one good person. They find her in Shen Te, a prostitute. With money from the gods she tries to lead a decent life, but in order to survive, she must impersonate her heartless "cousin." Musical direction by Carol Christensen; directed by Cheryl Faraone. Set design by Hallie Zieselman; lighting design by Mark Evancho; costume design by Jule Emerson. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 12
*Please note added performance.



April 30, Friday

Brown-Bag Panel Discussion:
The History of Gospel Music and its Far-Reaching Effects on Secular Music

12:00 P.M., Carr Hall

Facilitated by François Clemmons, Mary Kay Cavazos, Larry Hamberlin, and Reilly Steel '11. An associated event for the Dartmouth Gospel Choir concert on May 1. Free admission; donations for Partners in Health and non-perishable goods for the Vermont Food Pantry accepted at all events.



April 30, Friday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, director

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
This full symphony orchestra brings students together to present great orchestral music at the highest possible standard of musicianship—and cultivates the joy of live performance. This April, the MCO presents a pops concert, including a suite of music from Star Wars, Leroy Anderson's The Last Rose of Summer and Fiddle Faddle, and other popular works from the orchestral repertoire. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 12.



April 30–May 1, Friday–Saturday

Double Vision: Spring Dance Concert

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
This fascinating evening of new work from the spring choreography class blends technology and dance. The students’ investigations focus on the interaction between choreography and video, facilitated by Artist in Residence Tiffany Rhynard. Students present video of dances made especially for the camera and incorporate video in live performance. Sponsored by the Dance Program.  Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 12


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