April 2011


The White Ribbon
April 2, Saturday

The White Ribbon

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Michael Haneke's (Caché) latest film tells the tale of a small village in the north of Germany just before World War I, with the suppressed children of the villagers at the heart of an unraveling mystery. "[Haneke's] vision-tense, provocative and unnerving-is on full display in The White Ribbon, which could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career"-Los Angeles Times. In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

The Chicago Code
April 3, Sunday

The Chicago Code: Screening and Discussion with Executive Producer Shawn Ryan '88

7:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

The Fox cop drama The Chicago Code, from creator/executive producer/writer Shawn Ryan '88 (creator of The Shield), follows the city’s most powerful and respected cops as they navigate the underbelly within Chicago’s notorious political machine. Ryan presenting an episode of The Chicago Code, with a Q & A immediately following. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free


Middlebury College Choir Fall 2010April 4, Monday

Middlebury College Choir

Tour Home Concert

Jeffrey Buettner, conductor

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

Recently returned from San Francisco, Oakland, Monterey and Portola Valley, College Choir brings a dynamic tour program home, including motets by Jan Sweelinck, Duruflé and Johannes Brahms, English madrigals, partsongs by Samuel Barber and Eric Whitacre, and compositions from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.Sponsored by the Department of Music. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale March 14

Photo Brett Simison

Teena Marie Custer
April 5, Tuesday

Residency with Teena Marie Custer: House

9:30–10:45 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A b-girl and hip hop dance theatre artist based in Pittsburgh, PA, Teena Marie Custer battles and performs internationally with her crew, Venus Fly Trap, an all female street dance crew, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang. In this master class, Teena introduces students to a street dance style that began in Chicago in the late 70’s. Students will learn the three main components of house dance: jacking, lofting, and footwork, as well as freestyle techniques to take to the clubs. Open to all levels. See more classes later in the day and on Wednesday. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

Eurydice
April 5, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: Eurydice

12:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

 

Director Alex Draper '88 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.

 

Teena Marie Custer
April 5, Tuesday

Residency with Teena Marie Custer: Hip Hop

3:00–4:15 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A b-girl and hip hop dance theatre artist based in Pittsburgh, PA, Teena Marie Custer battles and performs internationally with her crew, Venus Fly Trap, an all female street dance crew, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang. In this master class, students will be introduced to several styles of street dance that are included under the umbrella of hip hop dance. These styles include popping, locking, house, breaking, krumping, and various social dances from over the decades. Open to all levels. See more classes earlier in the day and on Wednesday. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

 Basketball and Chain
April 6, Wednesday

Sports and Resistance in the United States: A Political Legacy

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Dave Zirin, author and award-winning sports writer for The Nation, looks at how athletes have used their sporting platform to speak out for social change throughout U.S. history. He examines the effects of public discourse when athletes speak out and why it has a disproportionate-and at times totally unexpected-impact. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum; presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Mixed Signals. Free

Teena Marie Custer 2
April 6, Wednesday

Residency with Teena Marie Custer: B-boying/B-girling

4:30–6:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A b-girl and hip hop dance theatre artist based in Pittsburgh, PA, Teena Marie Custer battles and performs internationally with her crew, Venus Fly Trap, an all female street dance crew, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang. Teena’s residency will conclude with a b-boying/b-girling workshop
for intermediate to advanced dancers. Students will be introduced to
the foundations of the original, Bronx-born hip hop dance style from
the early 70’s (commonly known as breakdancing) exploring codified movements such as toprock, go-downs, footwork, and freezes. See more classes on Tuesday morning and afternoon. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Dave Miranowski '09, color photograph
April 7, Thursday (through April 14)

Color Photography

Johnson Memorial Building, Pit Space

John Huddleston's color-photography class presents an exhibit of color prints. The students' images show a wide range of conception and form. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Dave Miranowski '09, color photograph

brianboldon-looking_and_blindnessApril 7, Thursday
DataSpace and the Tactile: New Directions In Sculpture, Craft, and Installation
Artist Talk by Cameron Visiting Artist Brian Boldon

 

4:45 P.M., Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

The work of Brian Boldon, Cameron Visiting Artist, explores body philosophy-- in particular, the potential for rethinking embodiment in the age of new media. His work in ceramic, glass, and video charts our evolving experience with digital media and expanded sense of embodiment stimulated by virtual or space. In recent years he has completed many public art commissions nationally, including the Charlotte Area Transit Authority, Sugar Creek Light Rail Station. His sculpture has been the subject of many solo and group gallery exhibitions, and is currently part of "The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft" at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund and the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Looking and Blindness, 2006, digital glass decals, kiln formed glass, aluminum, steel, LEDs

 

Fresh poster
April 7, Thursday

Fresh

Discussion with filmmaker Ana Sofia Joanes

7:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

This documentary celebrates the farmers and leaders across America who are reinventing our food system, confronting the consequences of industrialized food: contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Main characters include urban farmer and activist Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur's 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma; and supermarket owner David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy. Director Ana Sofia Joanes leads a post-screening discussion. Cosponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series and the Programs in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Free

 

Eurydice
April 7–9, Thursday–Saturday

Eurydice

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

Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl weaves a dreamlike retelling of the Orpheus myth. A story of love, loss, and the mystery of death, from the Pulitzer Prize honored author of The Clean House, Passion Play, and Dead Man's Cell Phone. "A tenderhearted comedy, weird and wonderful, devastatingly lovely... Rhapsodically Beautiful. A weird and wonderful new play—an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss, and the pleasures and pains of memory."—New York Times. Directed by Alex Draper '88, with Gillian Durkee '12, Willy McKay '11, Dustin Schwartz '11, Ben Orbison '12, Alicia Evancho, Christina Fox '13, and Jennifer Johnston '14. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale March 14

 

Vanya
April 7–9, Thursday–Saturday

Vanya

8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 11:00 P.M. on Friday only; Hepburn Zoo

Senior work of Cori Hundt '11 and Mike Kessler '11 (acting), Mindy Marquis '11 (set & light design), and Independent work of Charles Giardina '12 (directing). Holcroft distills Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya into a comic but heart-wrenching adaptation where each character’s crippling inability to take action disarms him or her against the slings of life: family, career, and love. Each character burns for the next, but all their love seethes from the hearts of a race bent on self-destruction. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4; on sale March 14


Timothy Rub '74
April 8, Friday

Marking Time: Reflections on a Middlebury Education and the Road(s) Not Taken

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Timothy Rub '74, director and chief executive of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, talks about the relevance of a degree in art history from a liberal arts college in today's tumultuous economic climate. This lecture is in honor of Glenn M. Andres and John M. Hunisak, for their 40 years of teaching at Middlebury College. Reception to follow. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Sound InvestmentApril 8, Friday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble: Dance Night

8:00 P.M., Town Hall Theater

The College’s Big Band plays its great music for the hottest swing dance event of the year. Kick up your heels to the sounds of swing, bebop, classic jazz tunes, and contemporary jazz grooves, played by some of the campus' hippest student musicians. Director of Jazz Activities Dick Forman directs. Tickets: $10 regular, $6 Middlebury College Students; available at the Town hall Theater Box Office: 802.382.9222 or www.townhalltheater.org.

Photo Brett Simison

 

The Beaches of Agnes
April 9, Saturday

The Beaches of Agnes

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

A reflection on art, life, and the movies, Agnes Varda's new film offers a richly cinematic self-portrait that explores her memories through photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful, contemporary scenes. Winner of the National Society of Film Critics Award for best documentary. "For filmgoers determined to see cinema not just as mass entertainment but as an art form, The Beaches of Agnes arrives like an exhilarating call to arms"--Washington Post. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

Stone DocumentApril 9, Saturday

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

VCME 2010
April 10, Sunday

Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble

Steven Klimowski, director

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

Known as the "Voice of the New Music Renaissance," the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble (VCME) is dedicated to performing and commissioning today's music. The concert program includes 2 world premieres by Peter Hamlin '73, Music Department Chair: Singing Bowl, for Tibetan singing bowl and live electronics, as well as Meditation on "Elzick's Farewell" for clarinet and live interactive electronics. The program also includes Dennis Báthory-Kitsz's Fuliginous Quadrant; new work by David Feurzeig; Jennifer Jolley's Flight 710 to Cabo San Lucas (for flute, cello & piano); the premieres of Mortal Fools by Cecelia Daigle; and What Story Awaits its End for flute, clarinets and piano, by Thomas Reed. VCME Director Steven Klimowski is also a Department of Music Affiliate Artist. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Dubravka_Tomsic_piano
April 13, Wednesday

Dubravka Tomsic, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys "something of a cult status among pianophiles" (Gramophone), with performances that convey "heroic power and Olympian vision" (Los Angeles Times), as well as "splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety" (Boston Globe). The only protégé of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein, Tomsic performs a program that includes works by Beethoven and Chopin. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

Kelly%20Tsai
April 13, Wednesday

Verbal Onslaught featuring Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

9:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese-Taiwanese-American spoken word artist who fights for cultural pride and survival. She has been featured in over 450 performances worldwide at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. She was featured on three seasons of the award-winning “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry,” and is the author of Inside Outside Outside Inside (2004), Thought Crimes (2005), No Sugar Please (2008), and Further She Wrote (2010). Tsai has shared stages with Mos Def, KRS-One, Sonia Sanchez (Middlebury's 2009 MLK Celebration speaker), Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, Harry Belafonte, and many more. Sharing the stage with Tsai will be student spoken word poets Fifelo Aganga ’13, Abigail Borah ’13, Catarina Campbell ’11, Anna Gallagher ’12, Alex Geller ‚12, Maya Goldberg-Safir ’13, Ben Kramer ‚13, Mori Rothman ’11, Isabella Tudisco ’13, Dane Verret ’12 & Jessica Lee ’13, and Day Williams '14. Sponsored by the Dean of the College and Ross Commons. Free

 

Spring Student Symposium 2010
April 14, Thursday

Spring Student Symposium: Opening Gala

7:00–10:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts

The 2011 Spring Student Symposium kicks off with a performance/talk by Brad Corrigan '96 of the band Dispatch, followed by a reception and student performances in music, dance, and more. Free

 


Low Level Panic
April 14–16, Thursday–Saturday

Low Level Panic

10:30 P.M. on Thursday; 8:00 and 10:30 P.M. on Friday; 8:00 P.M. on Saturday; Hepburn Zoo

Play by Clare McIntyre; senior work of Lindsey Messmore '11 (directing), Jessica Spar '11, and Ele Woods '11 (acting). Clare McIntyre's Low Level Panic chronicles the lives of three tenants in an English boarding house. Using three women as the vehicle, McIntyre raises questions about gender, sexuality, violence and fear. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4; on sale March 21

hannah_brotherton
April 15, Friday

Creacionismo y Musica: Exploring Spanish Poetry through Music

Hannah Brotherton '11, mezzo-soprano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221, and Concert Hall
Hannah Brotherton '11 presents a first glance at her developing senior work, beginning with a presentation of her past research into composers’ unique methods of unifying song cycles. Her analysis of George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children” portrays Crumb’s methods of unifying distinct songs into a single unity and of highlighting the particular musicality of the Spanish language.  These principles inspired her own song cycle composition, the first song of which will be performed by an ensemble following the presentation. This first song, with text by Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro, presents the beginning of a journey that is to continue through the rest of her song cycle consisting of two additional songs to be presented on May 6. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free.

Liam Gluck '12 and Katie Dunleavy '12April 15, Friday

Liam Gluck '12, piano
Katie Dunleavy '12, soprano

8:30 P.M.,* Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Music majors Liam Gluck '12 and Katie Dunleavy '12 perform in an evening-length concert that showcases a wide variety of musical styles from around the world. Both artists selected pieces that were not only musically interesting, but also representative of the time and culture in which they were written.  Gluck is an inspiring pianist who focuses on romantic and expressive music; he is especially excited to perform several composers that blur the line between classical and jazz genres, including Ravel, Gershwin, and Granados.  Culturally, he references the Basque region with Ravel (French) and Granados (Spanish).  Dunleavy, a lyric soprano, performs pieces from Lakmé, Hansel und Gretel, and some early baroque songs.  Her Irish heritage is highlighted with familiar tunes like "Danny Boy" and "Last Rose of Summer." Fauré, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns round out the program. Alex Margarite '11  accompanies on flute. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free. *Please note revised time.


Senior Dance Concert 2011
April 15–16, Friday–Saturday

Senior Thesis Concert: Alena Giesche '11, Catherine Miller '11, Christian Morel '11, and Heather Pynne '11

8:00 P.M. each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These seniors examine the intersection of contemporary choreography with their myriad additional disciplines-environmental studies, geology, psychology, philosophy, and lighting design-to create an evening as diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits. Pynne’s lighting design, informed by her theatrical and choreographic training, collaborates to reveal the dancing bodies of her senior colleagues. Giesche explores the sensibility of touch and the energetic changes brought about by proximity and distance. Morel delivers his Plato’s Symposium-inspired expression of praise to Eros, the god of love, and explores the impact of contestation
and reconciliation on the contemporary relationship. Miller explores the boundary between reflective and artistic movement through a challenging solo and a deeply sourced quartet. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale March 21

Pictured: Heather Pynne '11, Alena Giesche '11, Christian Morel '11, and Catherine Miller '11. Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

playing_at_war_image
April 15–17, Friday–Sunday

Playing at War: British Military Theatre in Occupied New York

6:00 P.M. each evening, Le Chateau

Senior work of Dave Malinsky '11 (acting). Join Malinsky as he discusses the theatrical life in New York City, battered and occupied in the American Revolution.  Embark on a surprising and enlightening journey into the past which might just change your view of this exciting period in both our nation's history, and its relationship with theatre. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4; on sale March 14

 

Howl
April 16, Saturday

Howl:

Screening and Discussion with Writer/Director Rob Epstein

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Howl recounts a dark moment in American literature in three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events of a young Allen Ginsberg finding his artistic voice, society's reaction to the title poem's obscenity trial, and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in the birth of a counterculture. Starring James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jon Hamm; nominated for the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize. Writer and director Rob Epstein leads a Q & A with the audience after each screening. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

Cynthia Huard
*Canceled*
April 16, Saturday

Cynthia Huard, piano

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

Affiliate artistCynthia Huard has performed as pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and 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 * This concert has been canceled and will be rescheduled in fall 2011.


Natasha Koval Paden
*Canceled*
April 17, Sunday

Natasha Kovel-Paden, piano

Lazar Gosman, violin

4:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Well known to Vermont audiences, affiliate artist Natasha Koval-Paden expands upon her long-standing musical relationship with Lazar Gosman, director of the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, with a program of works by 19th- and 20th-century composers. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free *This performance canceled due to artist illness.

John_Mcleod_gregoryNEW!
April 21, Thursday

Spring Architecture Lecture: John  McLeod, Architect

7:00 P.M., Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture John McLeod shows three of his house projects, and touches on sustainable design elements and the relationship of the architecture to topography, sun, and climate. Sponsored by the Department of History of art and Architecture. Free

 

Orchestra_Composers_Spring2011April 22, Friday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, Director

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

Program includes two world premieres: Piano Concerto No. 1 by Nicholas Tkach '11, and Requiem for Choir and Orchestra by Noah Silverstein '11, as well as the recent composition Manitou Rising for string orchestra and harp, by Peter Hamlin '73, Music Department Chair. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Davydov-Fanning Duo
April 23, Saturday

The Davydov-Fanning Duo

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

Both affiliate artists, cellist Dieuwke Davydov and pianist Diana Fanning perform their 2011 European tour program of works by Bach, Barber, Shostakovich, and Debussy. “The Davydov-Fanning Duo is one of Vermont’s state treasures.”—The Barre-Times Argus.
Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Pictured: Diana Fanning and Dieuwke Davydov, photo Andrzej Pilarczyk


sheet music
April 24, Sunday

Sarah Harney '12, cello

Sean Dennison '11, piano

Zheng Zheng '11, violin

2:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Cellist Sarah Harney, pianist Sean Dennison, and violinist Zheng Zheng perform a recital of solo and chamber works, featuring pieces by Bach, R. Strauss, Ysaÿe, and Schoenfield. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Victory
April 26, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: Victory

12:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

 

 

Director Richard Romagnoli 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. Strong adult language and content make this a performance for mature audiences only.


 


markdion-polarbearandtoucansApril 26, Tuesday

Artist Talk: Mark Dion

4:45 P.M., Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Artist Mark Dion conducts large-scale projects in which he questions the role of specialists—from archeologists to ethnologists, and from historians to art curators. He questions the classification systems placed on objects by professionals and institutions and invites viewers of his work to be an active audience. He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). His work “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. He is featured on the PBS series art21. While in residence at Middlebury as the Cameron Visiting Artist from April 26–29, he will create an edition of etchings with printer Heimo Wallner and students in Hedya Klein’s Art 315 Intaglio class. Sponsored by the Studio Art Program and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

Pictured: Mark Dion, Polar Bear and Toucans (From Amazonas to Svalbard), 1991, stuffed toy polar bear, Sony Sports cassette player, cassette recorded in Venezuela-Amazonas territory, wash tub, tar, crate, and orange electric cord, 91 x 44 x 29 1/2 inches.
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

 


piano
April 28, Thursday

Recital by Students of Diana Fanning

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

The piano students of affiliate artist Diana Fanning perform a variety of works. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Victory
April 28–30, Thursday–Saturday

Victory: Choices in Reaction

8:00 P.M. each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

It is 1660: Britain's brief experiment with republicanism ends, and the monarchy is restored. As Charles II returns to the now-powerless throne, the wife of one of the former republican leaders sets out to recover the pieces of her husband's body, which has been dug up and exhibited on the orders of the new king. Howard Barker's blistering analysis of a failed regime interweaves the national, political, and intensely personal to study the life-shattering effects of fundamental change. The play so radically toys with characters, reactions, and expectations that the audience is tossed around as if in a fun house. The work's drama, vulgarity, comedy, and wit all combine to mount a fundamental challenge to decency and principled behavior. Strong adult language and content make this a performance for mature audiences only. Directed by Richard Romagnoli. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 11

 

Speed-the-Plow
April 28–30, Thursday–Saturday

Speed-the-Plow

8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 11:00 P.M. on Friday only*; Hepburn Zoo

Play by David Mamet; senior work of Willy McKay '11 and Dustin Schwartz '11 (acting). Two Hollywood producers face a difficult decision when a beautiful temp secretary tries to seduce them into making art instead of making money in Mamet’s satirical dissection of the American movie business. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4; on sale April 11 *Please note revised time for the late Friday performance.

Miles DonahueApril 29, Friday

Miles Donahue Quintet: "Celebrity Jazz" Concert

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

 

Four celebrities of the international jazz scene will join Miles Donahue, Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College, for a performance of great jazz music form the bebop era and beyond. Featuring Bruce Barth, piano; Marcello Pellitteri, drums; Jay Anderson, bass; and Jerry Bergonzi saxophone; and Miles Donahue, saxophone and trumpet. Bruce Barth played piano for the movie soundtrack Malcolm X, was accompanist for Tony Bennett, and teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia and The New School in New York City. Marcello Pellitteri is professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, has toured with the Gypsy Kings and appeared on The Tonight Show. Jay Anderson started his career with the Woody Herman Orchestra, and played with Joe Sample from 1992–2006. He teaches at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Jerry Bergonzi, author of the Inside Improvisation series, teaches at New England Conservatory. He played with Dave Brubeck from 1979 1981, and has been artist in residence for Jazz Vermont for 20 years. "Discover a jazz treasure. Miles Donahue is one of the best-kept secrets. Equally adept on trumpet and various saxophones and a composer of grace and originality..."—Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe. Hear this Affiliate Artist and a group of accomplished jazz collaborators make magic. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Music, Dance, Light
April 29-30, Friday-Saturday

Music, Dance, Light: Performance Improvisation

8:00 P.M. each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Musicians, dancers, and lighting designers from the Performance Improvisation course collaborate in the age-old tradition of  composition/improvisation to create these two evenings of  dance/theatre on the spot. A semester spent with Michael Chorney, Penny Campbell, and Jennifer Ponder investigating the aesthetics of improvised performance and learning to meet its demands underlies this risky business. Their motto: Improvisation IS composition. Come watch them prove they can do it! Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 11

Pictured: Catherine Miller '10 and Alexandra Vasquez '12, photo Alan Kimara Dixon


 

College-Community Chorus
April 30, Saturday*

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Jeff Rehbach, conductor

7:30 P.M., First United Methodist Church, Burlington

A choral concert to welcome spring and the month of May. 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. This concert includes madrigals by Thomas Morley and William Byrd; folk song settings by John Rutter and Robert De Cormier; contemporary works including Morten Lauridsen's Nocturnes and Eliza Gilkyson's Requiem; and selections from Haydn's The Creation. Also featured: an abridged version of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, with senior music major Hannah Waite '11 playing solo piano and organist George Matthew, Jr. Free

*This concert program will also be presented at Middlebury College's Mead Memorial Chapel on Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 P.M.

 



Sound_Investment_spring2011April 30, Saturday

In Good Company!
The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

Dick Forman, director

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

This big-band ensemble plays contemporary compositions and arrangements, and gives a nod to the best music of the swing era. For this concert, a parade of guest artists will include Mark Lavoie, harmonica; Grace Bell, '13 vibraphone; Mike Hendrickson '14, violin; and vocal quartet Mindy Marquis '11, Hannah Temkin '13, Abe Katz '11, and Kyle Drevline '12. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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