February 2010

CollegeChoirFebruary 7, Sunday

Middlebury College Kids' Party

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
For the College community: President Ronald D. Liebowitz and his wife Jessica invite College employees, their children, and grandchildren to the annual Kids' Party. This year features an interactive performance with the Middlebury College Choir. Refreshments follow the performance. Free


Cat Miller

Starting February 8, Monday

Spring Dance and Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community. PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes. Register at the first class. If you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner.

These classes start the FIRST week of class, Feb. 8!

Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260) with Tiffany Rhynard
TTh 9:30-10:45 A.M., MCFA 110

Intermediate/Advanced Dance (DANC 0361) with Tiffany Rhynard
MW 2:45-4:15 P.M., MCFA 110

Contact Improvisation with Tiffany Rhynard
F 4:30-6:00 P.M. MCFA 110

These classes start the SECOND week of class, Feb. 15!

Yoga with Martha Newman
M 12:30-1:20 P.M., CFA 109

Yoga with Andrea Olsen
T 12:30-1:20 P.M., CFA 109

Yoga with Jeremy Cline
W 12:30-1:20 P.M., CFA 109

Yoga with Sophie Levine
F 12:30-1:20 P.M., CFA 109

Beginning Ballet with Paula Higa
M 4:30-6:00 P.M., MCFA 109

Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced with Barbara Doyle-Wilch
W 4:30-6:00 P.M., MCFA 109

Pilates with Nina Vila
TTh 12:30-1:20 P.M., MCFA 109
(College community only, $60 for one class per week for 10 weeks; pre-register at /arts/boxoffice)

Jazz with members of Riddim
Th 4:30-6:00 P.M., CFA 109

Capoeira with Oliver Weisser
Su 3:00-4:30 P.M., CFA 109


February 10, Wednesday

"Virtuosity is Ease": Revisiting the Fundamentals of Fulfilling, Healthy Musicmaking

4:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 209
In this Independent Study presentation, junior and piano student David Holter '11 shares some ideas on musicians' well-being and the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of developing a sound technique.  After a repetitive strain injury forced him to stop playing, he spent J-Term exploring the possibilities open to musicians struggling physically. These included an eye-opening workshop in the Lister-Sink Method, a holistic approach to piano playing.  Discomfort, fatigue, and frustration need not be by-products of playing our instruments. Fortunately, awareness can help us to avoid injury while we continue to challenge ourselves musically. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

AmericanPaintings2February 12, Friday (through June 6)

American Paintings and Prints from Shelburne Museum

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery
These 30 works represent the wide-ranging interests of American artists working in urban and rural areas before 1900. The exhibit, which celebrates the American landscape and its inhabitants, as well as artist travels, includes works by Thomas Cole, Edward Hicks, Fitz Hugh Lane, Martin Johnson Heade, and George Durrie, among many others. Free
Pictured: Martin Johnson Heade, Orchid and Hummingbird, 1875–85, oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Collection of Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont, 27.1.5-20


February 12, Friday (through February 22)

Art on the Land

Johnson Memorial Building, The Gallery of Contemporary Art
Studio Art students return from a trip to the Trinchero Ranch in Fort Garland, Colorado to display their new works. Working with nature as source and subject matter, students kept a visual “journal” that included at least one drawing, one photograph, and one object that was produced or collected each day. Reflections on these activities became the genesis for artwork that incorporated drawing, photography, and sculpture, often in combination. Much of the artwork was produced outside, on the land, using materials and other phenomena such as wind, water, light, and temperature found on site. The work you see here speaks to the many discoveries each person made about nature as subject matter for art under those unique circumstances. Featuring the work of Amy Doucette ’12, Ki Lee ’12, Melinda Marquis ’11, Derek Matus ’12, Leslie Moffat ’11, Michaela O’Connor ’11, Cameron Poole ’12, Emily Reed ’11, Liza Shea ’11, and Jue Yang ’11, led by Professor Eric Nelson. Free



February 13, Saturday

Wendy and Lucy

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Wendy (Michelle Williams), a young woman bound for Alaska with hopes for a lucrative fishing industry job, finds herself stranded in a dreary Oregon town when her car breaks down. Her bad luck continues as her dog, Lucy, her only companion, goes missing, and she faces an increasingly dire financial situation. Directed by Kelley Reichardt. Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Best Feature and Best Female Performance. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (USA, 2008, 80 minutes) Free



February 13, Saturday

Sophie Shao & Friends

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Middlebury audiences can attest to cellist Sophie Shao’s ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles of tremendous young talent—equal to her own—if last year’s rave reviews and standing ovations are an indication. This season’s concert features the much-loved piano quartet by Robert Schumann, as well as piano quartets by Mendelssohn and Fauré. Shao is joined by violinist Carmit Zori, violist Eric Nowlin, and pianist Pei-Yao Wang.  Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6; 802.443.MIDD (6433) or /arts/boxoffice



February 15, Monday

Beginning Ballet

Mondays, 4:30-5:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109
Paula Higa joins us this semester as instructor for beginning and intermediate ballet. A freelance performer, teacher and choreographer originally from Brazil, she has been working for more than 17 years in the dance field. Trained in the Royal Academy of Dance methodology, she has been teaching it and preparing students for R.A.D. exams. Paula holds a degree in chemical engineering, however the chemistry that she likes the most happens on stage! Sign up at first class. College community members have priority if space runs short; open to the public on space-available basis. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free



February 15, Monday*

Spring Dance Concert Auditions

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Advanced student choreographers audition dancers for our April 30-May 1 concert. Dancers must attend a minimum of two approved technique classes each week to be eligible to perform. All are welcome.
*Please note new date!


February 16, Tuesday


Scheming Young Ladies: Images of Female Musicians in Ragtime Novelty Songs

12:15 P.M., Château Grand Salon

“Life of the Mind” talk by Larry Hamberlin, Assistant Professor of Music and author of That Opera Rag: Operatic Novelties in the Ragtime Era (Oxford University Press, 2010). Sponsored by the Program in Women's and Gender Studies and Chellis House. Lunch is provided. Free




February 18, Thursday


DCM Debriefs!

12:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
The Dance Company of Middlebury shares photographs, video, and stories of tjheir intense and wonderful week in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on tour at the end of January. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion. Free



February 18, Thursday


The Idyll, the Ideal, and the Real: The Rediscovery of Greek Architecture and Its Consequences in the 18th and 19th Centuries

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221
In this lecture, Frank Salmon, professor of the history of art, Cambridge University, England, discusses what lay behind the “rediscovery” of ancient Greece during the Enlightenment and considers its effects, especially the “Greek Revival” in architecture that occurred on both sides of the Atlantic in the ensuing centuries. Cosponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Department of Classics, Ross Commons, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free



February 20, Saturday

The Class

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Francois (Francois Marin) and the other teachers at a tough, inner-city high school try to remain upbeat while coping with unruly and disinterested students. Director Laurent Cantet, the acclaimed writer and director of Human Resources (1999), presents the classroom in a direct style that frequently lets events play out in real time. “One of the screen’s most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language”—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune. Palm D’Or award, Cannes Film Festival. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French and the Hirschfield International Film Series. (France, 2008, 128 minutes) Free



February 20, Saturday

Purple Mountain: Dayve Huckett, guitar and Hannah Rose Rommer '09, viola

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
This Vermont-based duo plays a great mix of classic acoustic music and strong originals for an evening of interesting musical choices. The performance features guitar, viola, and warm vocal harmonies. Huckett is an Affiliate Artist with the Music Department, and Rommer '09 is Associate Costume Director for the theatre program and coordinator for the Middlebury College Orchestra. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free




due to weather-- rescheduled to March 8-- see details below.

February 24, Wednesday

Jean Berger Celebration Concert

Pre-concert panel at 7:00 P.M.; Concert at 7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Join Middlebury College students, faculty and music enthusiasts for a celebration of the music of Jean Berger (1909-2002). The Middlebury College Department of Music hosts a special concert, preceded by a panel discussion on the composer’s music. Jean Berger served on the music faculty at Middlebury from 1948-1959 after immigrating from Germany, serving in the US Army and working as an arranger and performer in classical music, film and television. He was a prolific composer of songs and choral music, and is even known to have been an organist at the Congregational Church. Faculty and affiliate artists, students, and the Middlebury College Choir perform vocal, instrumental and choral music. Free *This concert has been postponed due to weather, and is rescheduled for Monday, March 8 at 8:00 P.M.




February 26, Friday

Big APE at FlynnSpace

8:00 P.M., FlynnSpace, Burlington
Artist in residence Tiffany Rhynard and her company, Big Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE), present their latest production Disposable Goods. The evening length piece illuminates the obsessive cycle of consumption in our culture and contemplates body as object, observer, and participant. Comprised of four movements—Spill, Away (from here), Trash, and Necessity—Disposable Goods highlights four dancers blending intricate phrasing, rigorous partnering, and lively audience interaction. Rhynard performs and is joined by three Middlebury dance program alums: Ellen Smith-Ahern ’05, Yi Na Ng ’09, and Simon Thomas-Train ’09.


February 27, Saturday

Vermont A Cappella Summit

10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts
Calling all singers! Daytime workshops led by the international cast of Philip Hamilton’s VOICES, covering a range of topics for individual singers and groups alike. A one-price ticket covers participation in all master classes and workshops. Daytime activities are followed by an evening performance by the day’s instructors that will leave you breathless. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door; 802.443.MIDD (6433) or /arts/boxoffice



February 27, Saturday


3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Based on the bestselling book by journalist Roberto Saviano, this film offers a look at modern Naples and the Camorra crime syndicate that runs the city. Five interwoven stories show the extent to which the Camorra has infiltrated everyday life in Italy and has become a substantial force in the European economy. “A frightening portrait of corruption, cynicism, intimidation, greed and violence”—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer. Directed by Mateo Garrone. Grand Prize winner, Cannes Film Festival; European Film Awards for Best Film, Best Screenwriting, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography. In Italian, Mandarin, and French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Italy, 2008, 137 minutes) Free



February 27, Saturday


Philip Hamilton ’82

8:00 P.M., McCullough Social Space
Inspired by the power of the voice, Philip Hamilton ’82 creates an original a cappella performance that fuses global rhythms and influences. Voices combines unique, international vocal tones and techniques—such as Tuvan throat singing, Balinese monkey-chanting, and hip-hop’s beat-boxing—with the rich sounds of diverse a cappella singing styles, including doo-wop, Bulgarian choirs, barbershop quartets, South African miners’ songs, and Gregorian chants. An international cast of singers delivers this keynote event for the 2010 Vermont A Cappella Summit. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Vermont A Cappella Summit. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies, and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund.  Tickets: $24/18/6; 802.443.MIDD (6433) or /arts/boxoffice



February 28, Sunday

Natasha Koval Paden, piano

4:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Music Department Affiliate Artist Natasha Kovel-Paden performs an all-Chopin program in honor of his 200th birthday. Well known to Vermont audiences, Koval-Paden brings considerable performing experience to the concert stage. Raised in the Ukraine, she studied under the tutelage of Vladimir Horowitz's sister, at the Eastman School of Music, and at Juilliard. Since then her career has spanned several continents and included programs with a number of distinguished orchestras and chamber groups. Ms. Koval-Paden has performed extensively with the Soviet Émigré Orchestra, now the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, under the directorship of Lazar Gosman. Free

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