January 2011

Middlebury College Orchestra 2010
January 3, Monday

Auditions: Middlebury College Orchestra time and place tba

Middlebury College students are invited to participate a three week project culminating in performing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on January 20. (Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00–9:00 P.M.) For more information, contact conductor Andrew Massey at amassey@middlebury.edu or orchestra@middlebury.edu.


Catherine Miller '11
Starting Tuesday, January 4

Winter Term Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community; register at the first class. For Middlebury College students: PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; if you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5245.

Contemporary Technique with the Dance Company of Middlebury
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00–2:15 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre (Room 110)
Sponsored by the Dance program; register at the first class.

Beginning Ballet Intensive with Classical Dance at Middlebury
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00–6:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109
$30. Sponsored by CCAL; register in the CCAL Office.

Pictured: Catherine Miller '11, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

January 5, Wednesday (through January 12)

Exhibition of Large-Format Drawings

Johnson Memorial Building

Drawings over six feet in height or width-both representational and abstract-may bring you face to face with a large portrait head or another outsized depiction of the human body. Selected from the work of over 60 students enrolled in Introduction to Studio Art I, this exhibit showcases the combination of drawing strategies and concepts explored throughout the fall semester. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: large-format drawing by Sabina Holloway '13

January 6, Thursday

"MYethiOPIA: Tales from the AIDS Education Circus"
Solo Theater by David Schein

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

This solo performance—written, directed, and performed by David Schein—is based on his experiences forming and directing the Awassa AIDS Education Circus (now called One Love HIV/AIDS Awareness Theater) with a troupe of street kids in a town in Southern Ethiopia. The show exposes the neocolonial irony of making “art” in a “developing” country—where the cost of Schein’s safari boots could buy three month’s food for a family. MYethiOPia revolves around a key event: when the AIDS Education Circus is nearly trampled to death by an over-eager crowd and a “condom riot” is narrowly avoided. Schein has performed MYethiOPIA in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago, at the Performing the World Conference in Tarrytown, NY, at Contois Auditorium in Burlington, and at the Hardwick Town House. “Funny and heart wrenching, the show is a non-stop rollercoaster of personal and public calamities and victories, all delivered with great skill, energy and honesty.”—Judith Marcuse, Director, International Centre for Art and Social Change. Soonsored by the Office of the Director of the Arts, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Free


January 7, Friday

Middlebury Wind Ensemble

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

Jerome Shedd, conductor. Entitled European Masters, this concert includes the music of Handel, Berlioz, Strauss, Prokofiev, and more. 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


Broken Embraces poster
January 8, Saturday

Broken Embraces

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

Pedro Almodovar's (Volver, All About My Mother) latest film tells the story of Harry Caine (Lluís Homar), who lost his sight and the love of his life, Lena (Penélope Cruz), in a brutal car crash 14 years ago. Through a series of flashbacks, he conveys a story of passion, guilt, and creativity. "A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors"-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free


Ezra Axelrod '08
January 8, Saturday

Ezra Axelrod '08

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

Ezra Axelrod '08 returns to Middlebury for the launch of his "American Motel" International Tour: four months of performances on three continents, to coincide with the release of his second studio album American Motel.  The tour showcases Axelrod's skill as an orchestrator, featuring arrangements of his first two albums for piano, voice, and string quintet (previewed on August 29th in the Queen's Gate Sessions: watch here). The show is an exploration of 21st-century life through realist lyrics, lush harmonies and dynamic moods.  Axelrod calls his style of music "Vernacular Realist Song": vivid narratives, gritty soulfulness, and the stylings of a cowboy turned classical pianist—what you might expect if Joan Didion, Tom Waits, and James Dean formed a band, with guest appearances by Franz Schubert. Featuring artists include Kathryn Nagel '12, Ellen Vitercik, Matt Weinert-Stein '14, Chloe Dautch '13, and Jim Sowards on strings. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


Dael Orlandersmith
January 13, Thursday

Rave and Man of Water:
Readings of New One-Acts by Obie Award Winner Dael Orlandersmith

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Dael Orlandersmith is a nationally renowned poet, actor, and playwright whose play Yellowman was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. As part of her Winter Term residency at Middlebury, Orlandersmith offers a staged reading of two short scripts: Rave, featuring stage and film actor Jack Gwaltney, and Man of Water, a two-man show featuring Assistant Professor Alex Draper ‘88 along with Gwaltney. Stay for a post-reading discussion: “Writing Characters Who Don’t Look Like Me.” For mature audiences. Sponsored by the African American Alliance, Distinguished Men of Color, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Education Studies Program, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Chellis House, the Office of the Dean of the College and the Academic Enrichment Fund. Free




January 15, Saturday


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

In this dark thriller, a mother (Hye-ja Kim) must prove her son innocent of a brutal murder or leave him imprisoned. Winner of three Asian Film Awards (best actress, best screenwriter, and best film), Mother is "an alluring piece of work, an artful whodunit that melds shrewd plotting with resourceful camera work and sympathetic characters that are fascinatingly, morbidly off"-San Francisco Chronicle. In Korean with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free


January 17, Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert: Let Freedom Ring!

8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

This 13th annual celebration features the Middlebury College MLK Spiritual Choir, Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence François Clemmons; Christal Brown, choreography; Alex Draper, theatrical coaching; and Middlebury College student dancers and actors. Anne Ryan accompanies on piano. Free

Pictured: MLK Choir 2009, photo Vincent A. Jones '12

MCO Beethoven project 2011
January 20, Thursday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor

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

The MCO brings students together to present great orchestral music at the highest possible standard of musicianship—and cultivates the joy of live performance. This concert features Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale January 3

Photo Brett Simison

January 20-23, Thursday-Sunday

Urinetown: The Musical

8:00 P.M. each evening, Town Hall Theater

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, this is an irreverent musical satire about corporate corruption and greed, social engineering, sustainability, homelessness, and love. Don't be put off by the title-this musical, whose themes are quite relevant today, will keep you in stitches all evening long. Directed by Doug Anderson, musical direction by Carol Christensen, and orchestral direction by Greg Vitercik. A co-production of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale January 3


Nareh Arghamanyan 3
January 21, Friday

Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

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

According to La Scena Musicale, Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan "meets the daunting demands . . . with a combination of technical bravura, singing tone, and poetic expression." The former Gilmore Rising Star plays a program of Rameau, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6. More information available here.


DCM 2011
January 21-22, Friday-Saturday

The Dance Company of Middlebury:

Culture, Cash, and Community: To Have or To Have Not

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

With artistic direction by visiting lecturer in dance Christal Brown, the Dance Company of Middlebury presents a concert exploring issues of wealth and class as manifested in culture. The company later travels to New Orleans's Seventh Ward for a week of community engagement through dance and music. Sponsored by the Dance Program and the Committee on the Arts. Post-performance discussion and reception following Friday's performance. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale January 3


Pictured: Dance Company of Middlebury 2011, photo Alan Kimara Dixon


Dane Verret '12 - Jalopy
Opening January 21, Friday

Combining Communities: Dance and Photography (on view through February 10)

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Level, outside the Dance Theatre

See the creative process and community engagement of the 2010–2011 Dance Company of Middlebury through the photographic lens of student photographer Dane Verret '12. Verret, a native of New Orleans, is collaborating with DCM as documenter, community member, and tour guide. His photos depict the intersection of the two communities of which he is currently a part. See his associated talk on February 10. Sponsored by the Dance Program and the Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund. Free


The Limits of Control
January 22, Saturday

The Limits of Control

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
A pioneer of the American independent film scene, Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Mystery Train) crafts a meditative film following hired assassin Lone Man (Isaach De Bankolé), whose dreamlike journey takes him across Spain and through his own consciousness. "Like everything Jarmusch, The Limits of Control is calibrated for cool"-Village Voice. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free


Liam Gluck '12
January 22, Saturday

Liam Gluck '12, piano

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

Junior Liam Gluck performs works by Ravel, Chopin, Mompou, and Gershwin in his first solo recital at Middlebury. This informal evening serves as a prelude to his independent music project, a concert that includes both solo works and piano/vocal works with soprano Katie Dunleavy '12, happening in April. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


Shelsey Weinstein '11January 23, Sunday

Shelsey Weinstein '11, cello

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

Shelsey Weinstein '11, performs solo cello works by Bach, Casals, Fauré, and Rachmaninoff as a commencement to her musical studies while at Middlebury. Fellow students including Jennie Kim '13, Alex St. Angelo '14, and Lindsay Selin '11 join her to perform of the Molto Adagio from Samuel Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11. Ricky Chen '13 accompanies her on piano. Weinstein has studied neuroscience and economics at Middlebury and has played in the Middlebury College Orchestra for the past four years. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


sheet music
January 24, Monday

Showcase Concert for Winner of the Alan Carter Chamber Music Competition

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

Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


Damascus Kafumbe
January 25, Tuesday

Musical Praxis and Social Structure in East Africa

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Music lecture by ethnomusicologist and musician Damascus Kafumbe.  See associated event at 8:00 P.M. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


Damascus Kafumbe
January 25, Tuesday

Introduction to African Music

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

An informal lecture and workshop by Damascus Kafumbe of Florida State University. As a child in his native Uganda, he awoke to the sounds of African drums and horns. Today, he stands as a nexus between the music of East and West, traditional and modern. See associated event at 4:30 P.M. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



Blondell Cummings
January 26,  Wednesday

Cafecito Hour: Meditations on the UN Declaration of Human Rights Research Performance Project, a Work-in-Progress

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

Members of visiting professor Blondell Cummings’ Winter Term course share their collaborative research and personal perspectives on human rights issues through movement, music, text, and visual imagery. We will proudly be serving Café Alta Gracia, organic fair trade coffee from Finca Alta Gracia in Dominican Republic in the lobby before this event. Co-sponsored the Dean of the College and the Dance Program. Free

Museum logo
January 26, Wednesday

Collecting Photography Now

5:00–7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 209 (enter via the Music Library)

An invitation-only event for Middlebury College students. Invitees will participate in the selection of contemporary photographs to be added to the collection of the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Come hear the results of the research of your student colleagues in the J-term course "Collecting Photography Now" and cast your vote. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; RSVP at x5258 or mathomps@middlebury.edu.


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