May 2010



May 1, Saturday

Middlebury College Bassoon Quartet

Rachel Elliott, director
11:00 A.M., Activity Room, Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive (off South St. Extension)
Performing music by Bach, Mozart, the Beatles, and others. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free and open to the public.


GoodWomanMay 1, Saturday

The Good Woman of Setzuan

2:00 and 8:00 P.M. , Wright Memorial Theatre (also on Thursday and Friday at 8:00 P.M.)

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



May 1, Saturday

Dartmouth Gospel Choir:

A Haiti and Vermont Food Pantry Benefit Concert

5:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel
The Dartmouth Gospel Choir, a 50-person ensemble with 10 live musicians, will enrich the Middlebury Campus with an hour of uplifting sensational sound. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Vermont Food Pantry and for Haiti relief efforts. Enjoy Mediterranean delights and beverages at the post-concert reception in Carr Hall. Presented by PRAYZ and PALANA. Sponsored by Brainerd Commons, The Dean of the College, The African American Alliance, the CCSRE, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, PALANA, Prayz, The Queer Studies House, and the SGA. Post Concert Reception, 6:15-7:00 P.M. in Carr Hall. (See associated event, a Brown-Bag Panel Discussion, on April 30.) Free admission; donations for Partners in Health and non-perishable goods for the Vermont Food Pantry accepted at all events.



May 1, Saturday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

Dick Forman, Director

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Big-band swing, upbeat bebop, classic jazz tunes, and contemporary grooves make this concert a sure bet to set toes tapping. The campus’s best student jazz musicians strut their stuff under the direction of affiliate artist and longstanding Vermont jazz leader Dick Forman. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



May 1, Saturday

Double Vision: Spring Dance Concert

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre (also on Friday at 8:00 P.M.)
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



May 2, Sunday

Middlebury Wind Ensemble

7:00 P.M.*, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble, also known as "Midd Winds," is a community band made up of area students and community members including Middlebury College alumni and staff. Free
*Please note revised start time.



May 2, Sunday

Friends of the Art Museum: Annual Supper and Presentation of Awards for Distinction in the Visual Arts

5:30 P.M., Kirk Alumni Center
A members-only dinner and awards presentation for local artists, art students, and arts benefactors. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Information: 802.443.2034 or



Abstract Painting

May 3, Monday (through May 7)

Abstract Paintings

Johnson Memorial Building, Pit Space
An exhibit of jazzy and colorful oil paintings by students in Brooke Pickett’s spring painting class. Students consider varying paths to abstraction, engaging life and invention on a large scale. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free
Pictured: Lingji Hon '11, oil on canvas, 4 x 6 feet



May 3, Monday

New Music Compositions

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Student performers and composers in Peter Hamlin's class MUSC0209 present their final work. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free




May 4, Tuesday

India Laughlin '11, soprano

7:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

A student of Affiliate Artist Susanne Peck, Laughlin gives a recital accompanied by Cynthia Huard, piano, and a chamber ensemble. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


May 5, Wednesday

Taking Flight

4:30 P.M., 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. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free



May 5, Wednesday

Electronic Music

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Students in Peter Hamlin's class present their final work. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



May 6-8, Thursday-Saturday


8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 11:00 P.M. Friday only; Hepburn Zoo
Play by Charlotte Jones; senior work of Martina Bonolis '10 (acting) and Michaela Lieberman '10 (acting). Lyrical, charming, and unsentimental, Airswimming tells the story of two women, simultaneously liberated and bound by their imaginations.  Together, and with the help of Doris Day, they navigate the troubling realities of womanhood and its duality as boon and affliction. Sponsored by the Theatre Program.  Tickets: $4; on sale April 19.



My Ohio

May 6-9, Thursday-Sunday

My Ohio: A World Premiere Musical Comedy

8:00 P.M. Thursday, Friday, And Saturday; 2:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday; Town Hall Theater

Middlebury playwriting professor Dana Yeaton '79 and L.A. composer Andy Mitton '01 have combined forces with Vermont Stage Company to premiere their red state, blue state musical comedy, My Ohio. When Bonnie, an evangelical Kindergarten teacher, slips across the road for a quick fix from her usual bone-cruncher, she finds instead Neil, a gay, atheist, and recent transplant from New York City.  His new age chiropractic leaves her feeling "Born Again Again," but all that health and exuberance sends Bonnie into a tailspin. Sworn to saving, and resisting, each other, these fundamental opposites find themselves locked in a culture war will either change or defeat them both. Choreography by former Middlebury dance instructor Peter Schmitz, and costumes by Catherine Vigne '07. Sponsored by the Middlebury Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets $24, students $12, available at Town Hall Theater, (802) 382-9222 or Special Gala Homecoming, May 6, sponsored by Two Brothers Tavern and Middlebury Chocolates.
My Ohio will also run from April 21-May 2 at FlynnSpace in Burlington. For tickets or information, call (802) 863-5966, or visit



May 7, Friday

Summer Days and Nightingales: Susanne Peck, soprano and
Cynthia Huard, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Affiliate Artists Susanne Peck and Cynthia Huard perform a beautiful concert together. Their program includes a variety of songs by Brahms, Debussy, Berg, Ives, Gershwin, and Coward. Peck's career encompasses the roles of conductor, singer, and educator. An acclaimed soprano, she has sung and recorded with many leading ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival, The New York Collegium, and the Concert Royal Baroque Opera Company. Huard has appeared in recital as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and in Europe. Her versatile musicianship is a key element of the summer concert series of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, where as artistic director she performs with internationally known artists. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


May 8, Saturday

Scenes and Songs: An Evening of Opera and Musical Theater

8:00 P.M., Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Music Department student vocalists present scenes from The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Der Wiltschütz, The Fantasticks, City of Angels, and Beauty and the Beast. The performers-students of Carol Christensen, Dan Marcy, Susanne Peck, and Beth Thompson-will be accompanied by pianist Cynthia Huard. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



May 9, Sunday

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Jeff Rehbach, conductor
3:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel
A choral potpourri for a special Mother’s Day performance. This large chorus, with a history that dates back more than 150 years, brings singers together from on and off campus and throughout the Champlain Valley. Free


May 9, Sunday

Performing 20th Century Chamber Music

**7:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Students in Su Tan's spring term class present their final performances. Also on April 21. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free **Please note change in start time.




May 10, Monday


7:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

A world premiere film presented in conjunction with the stage production presented earlier this semester. Adapted from R.L. Stevenson's classic novel, and set in an alternate steampunk version of the year 1916, Jekyll is the Senior work of Ross Bell '10 (directing) & Ben Schiffer '10 (sound design); Independent work of Ryan Bates '11 (set design.) Starring Christo Grabowski '12, Lilli Stein '11, Charles Giardina '12, and Noah Berman '13. Designed by Ryan Bates '11 (set), Carlie Crawford '11 (costumes), Heather Pynne '11 (lighting) and Ben Schiffer '10.5 (sound). Written and Directed by Ross Bell '10 as histheatre/film joint thesis project. Special bonus: the screening is preceded by the short film Remember When We Used to Play, the thesis work of Nikhil Ramburn '10.  Free



May 10, Monday

Advanced Composition Performance

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Students enrolled in Music 309, "Advanced Composition," taught by Su Tan, present their end-of-semester performance. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free




May 11, Tuesday (through May 22)

43rd Annual Student Exhibition

Johnson Memorial Building, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pit Space, and Mezzanine
Photography, sculpture, installations, film, video, painting, and large-scale drawing have all been featured over the course of past senior independent studio exhibitions. See what develops when the senior studio-art majors in the Class of 2010 present their work in a group exhibition. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free



May 20, Thursday (through August 15)


Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery
Paintings, prints, and photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection are the basis of this exhibition focused on the idea and the presentation of celebrity. Free



May 21, Friday

College Choir Senior Week Concert

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
This concert celebrates the graduating singers in College Choir, featuring favorite repertoire of the past four years. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


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