March 2010


March 2, Tuesday

Screening of Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Border Brujo

7:00 P.M., Ross Commons Seminar Room, Ross Dining
Sitting at an altar decorated with a kitsch collection of cultural fetish items, and wearing a border patrolman’s jacket decorated with buttons, bananas, beads, and shells, Gómez-Peña delivers a sly and bitter indictment of U.S. colonial attitudes toward Mexican culture and history. Whirling through various Mexican American stereotypes, pulling on costumes as easily as accents, Gómez-Peña emphasizes the collision of Mexican and American cultures, their mixture and misunderstanding of each other, each appearing as a dream/nightmare reflection of the "Other." In turns powerful and playful, Border Brujo poignantly illustrates the double edge of forced cultural occupation. Directed by Isaac Artenstein. (1990, 52 minutes) Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free



March 5, Friday

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

Alexandre Tharaud, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The Philadelphia Inquirer called Queyras and Tharaud’s new CD of Debussy “crackling, spontaneous” and proclaimed them to be “one of Europe’s best chamber music duos.” They play sonatas by Debussy and Schubert (Arpeggionne), Tharaud performs some of Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, and Queyras plays the towering solo sonata by Kodály. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6



March 6, Saturday


Christian A. Johnson Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture

9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
A public symposium, with papers presented by Middlebury College faculty and students of the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Presentations include:

  • Professor Pieter Broucke, "On the Origins of the Kori(n)thian Capital"
  • Elizabeth Emmons Hahn '10, "The Royal Chapel in Palermo: Multi-Culturalism in Twelfth-Century Norman Sicily"
  • Isabel McWilliams '10, "Appreciating Plum Blossoms: Ma Yuan's Legacy in China and Japan"
  • Professor Cynthia Packert, "Clothes Make the God: the Importance of Textiles in the Worship of the God Krishna"
  • Professor John M. Hunisak, "Speaking Likenesses: Bernini in 2009"
  • Hannah Hunter Parker '10, "Something Happened in Murnau: the Art of Kandinsky and Münter, 1908-14"
  • (break)
  • Abigael Hoeschler '10, "The Inside Story: Danny Lyon's Photographs of the Texas Prison System"
  • Visiting Instructor Jennifer Hock, "Upper West Side Story: the Politics of Housing in New York, 1945-75"
  • Timothy Koplik Henderson '10, "Urban Makeover: Millenium Park and the New Political Culture"
  • Simon Keyes '10, "The Bird's Nest: the Third Monument in Beijing's Trinity of Architectural Icons"
  • Assistant Professor Edward Vazquez, "Line as Drone: Getting Inside Minimalism"

Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund. Free



March 6, Saturday

Trouble the Water

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal craft a documentary around the home-video footage of New Orleans musician Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband Scott. With chilling images from before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, this alternate account of the storm stands in stark contrast to popular media coverage, depicting the disaster of government and journalistic neglect of the underclass. “A keenly dramatic look at how this country treats the poor and dispossessed”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (USA, 2008, 93 minutes) Free



March 7, Sunday

Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

3:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel
College choirs from Middlebury College, St. Michael’s College, and Castleton State College join to present this masterwork by Leonard Bernstein in his orchestration for chorus, soloists, harp, organ, and percussion. Sung in Hebrew, the piece is challenging vocally and instrumentally, with vivid and intensely dramatic interpretation of the highly emotional Psalm texts. The concert also features each collaborating choir in solo performances. Concerts are also given at Grace Church in Rutland (Friday, March 5 at 7:30 P.M.), and the Chapel of St. Michael’s College in Colchester (Saturday, March 6 at 3:00 P.M.) Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



March 7, Sunday


7:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium
In this film, a sculptor in art school goes on a hunt for inspiration in a wide range of social scenes in contemporary Minneapolis. This charming independent comedy was written and directed by Rob Perez ’95, and is currently screening in festivals. Perez, who previously wrote 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), will be on campus to screen the film, along with producer Damien Saccani ’96. A a question and answer session follows the screenings. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free



March 7, Sunday

Piano Recital by students of Natasha Koval Paden

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
An all-Chopin concert in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. Sponsored by the Department of Music.Free




March 8, Monday (rescheduled from February 24)

Jean Berger Celebration Concert

Pre-concert panel at 7:30 P.M.; Concert at 8:00 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
*Please note revised date and times.



March 9, Tuesday

Cafecito Hour: Excerpts and Discussion of “Multiple Journeys: the life and work of Gómez-Peña”

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Cafecito Hour is an informal series of presentations and discussions around special interest topics, drawing from our Middlebury community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other special guests. The series provides an innovative and dynamic venue for individuals to present challenging topicsDominican Republic. In this Cafecito Hour, artist and activist Gómez-Peña presents excerpts from his latest work, “Multiple Journeys,” which chronicles his 30 years of performance art practice and exploration of border culture, immigration, intercultural issues, “extreme culture,” and new technologies. Co-sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Dance Program, among others. Presented in conjunction with his public performance event on Thursday March 11. Free; RSVP to or 802.443.5743



March 11, Thursday

Recent Acquisitions in Ancient Art at the Middlebury College Museum of Art

4:30 P.M., Middlebury College Museum of Art, Lower Gallery
Pieter Broucke, professor of history of art and architecture and associate curator of ancient art, gives a gallery talk on recent acquisitions of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and early-Byzantine art, including a New Kingdom canopic jar, a second-century relief portrait from Palmyra, and a mosaic fragment from Syria. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free



March 11, Thursday

Strange Democracy: An Evening with Guillermo Gómez-Peña

7:30 P.M., McCullough Social Space
MacArthur Fellow, post-Mexican writer, and border artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña uses acid Chicano humor, hybrid literary genres, multilingualism, and activist theory as subversive strategies. Described by renowned theatre director Peter Sellars as “one of the handful of great performance artists in America today,” Gómez-Peña creates spoken-word works that defy description. Critics have called it “Chicano cyber-punk performance,” “ethno-techno art,” and “magnificent, melodramatic, robustly hilarious, and precisely, exquisitely witty.” A reception and book signing will follow the performance. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Dance Program, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership, the Committee on the Arts, the Academic Enrichment Fund, and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Visit for details on residency activities. Tickets: $24/18/6



March 11, Thursday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor
8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
This concert features soloist Richard P. Chen '13,  winner of the 2010 Alan and Joyce Beucher Concerto Competition, performing a Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor. The program also includes Brahms' adventurous Symphony No. 3 in F, op. 90, and Rossini's Italian Girls in Algiers*. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale February 22.
*Please note revised program.



March 11, Thursday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

8:00 P.M.,  Town Hall Theater
The SIJE presents a swing dance program sure to provide an exciting evening for step/step/tri-ple step fans.  Many of the College’s top jazz players are featured in the band, which plays the best of contemporary composition and swingin’ arrangements of standards and big band favorites. Tickets: $10 regular; $6 Middlebury College students; on sale February 22.



March 12, Friday

Hugo Wolf Quartett

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Within just a few short years, the Hugo Wolf Quartett has developed from a chamber-music-lover’s insider tip to one of the most sought after string quartets of its generation. At Middlebury, the quartet performs works with deep Viennese connections by Mozart, Webern, and Schubert (Death and the Maiden). A pre-concert lecture by Professor Jay West begins at 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6



March 13, Saturday

Let the Right One In

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Oskar is a shy 12-year-old boy who longs for a friend. When a strange and serious girl his age moves in next door, his wish seems to come true. But her arrival coincides with a series of mysterious disappearances and murders—and soon Oskar realizes that his new friend is a vampire. “A sweetly queasy film that suggests the spirit that sustains us, the demons we hide from the world, and the monsters that prey upon us in the dark might all be variations on the same beast”—Maria Schneider, The Onion, A.V. Club. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Best Foreign Language Film. In Swedish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sweden, 2008, 115 minutes) Free



March 13, Saturday

Music Department Advanced Vocal Recital

8:00 P.M., Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



March 14, Sunday

Diana Fanning, piano

4:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Affiliate artist Diana Fanning’s concert features Schubert’s monumental Sonata in C Minor, a masterpiece of intensity and expressivity written near the end of Schubert’s life. Works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Schumann complete the program. “American pianist Diana Fanning transported her audience with Schubert’s splendid harmonic changes into a scenic paradise.”—Süddeutsche Zeitung. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



March 17, Wednesday

Francois Clemmons and Friends:

St. Patricks Day Concert

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Wear something green and come prepared to sing along to this annual concert featuring lively Irish tunes. An esteemed tenor with a long and colorful career, Clemmons is the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence at Middlebury. He is joined on stage by guest artists Dick Forman, piano; Tim Cummings, Andy Collins '12, and Elias Alexander '12, bagpipes; Jordan Tirrell-Wisocki '08, Celtic fiddle; Dallas DeOgburn, guitar; Margie Beckoff, Celtic harp; Carol Christensen, soprano; Greg Vitercik, piano; and the Irish Cultural Club Dancers. Free



March 18, Thursday*

Bollywood Cinema and Mughal History: Creative Revisionism in Contemporary Indian Film

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221
Cynthia Packert, professor of history of art and architecture, offers a lecture exploring the romance, myths, politics, and film representations of Muslim-Hindu relations in contemporary India. She also looks at Mughal and Rajput paintings as sources for contemporary Indian film. Free
*This event rescheduled from January.




March 30, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: La Malasangre (Bad Blood)

12:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre
Director Claudio Medeiros '90 introduces Griselda Gambaro's play and leads a discussion about the upcoming production, April 1-3. Members of the cast and crew share their insights on their work. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.

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