March 2011

 Josh
March 2, Wednesday

Manning Up: Thoughts on Sports, Sex, and Power

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

Lecture by Laurie Essig, assistant professor of sociology and women's and gender studies. At the end of the 19th century in the U.S., sports developed to "make men" out of white, middle-class boys who were seen as "soft" because they no longer participated in manual labor. Sports also separated men from women and the disciplined from the dissolute, and reinforced a variety of hierarchies based on class, race, gender, and the body. Despite the more recent role of sports in a variety of endeavors meant to liberate us from the body-from feminism to civil rights-sports continue to play a central role in the production of sex and power. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the current exhibition Mixed Signals. Free

Pictured: Catherine Opie, Josh, 2007, Chromogenic print, 30 x 22 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

 

James Naremore
March 3, Thursday

Chandler, Hawks, and The Big Sleep

4:30 P.M., Axinn Center, Room 232
Guest lecture by James Naremore, Professor Emeritus of Communication and Culture, Indiana University. Naremore will discuss Raymond Chandler's classic hard-boiled detective novel and Howard Hawks's 1946 film adaptation, which starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free

Miscellaneous Regulars
March 3, Thursday

Michael Chorney and Ron Rost: the Miscellaneous Regulars in Concert

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

For over 25 years, Chorney and Rost have been accompanying dance classes, composing for choreography, performing with faculty and students, and co-teaching the bi-annual Performance
Improvisation course. As part-time staff, they were for many years budgeted for on the notorious "Miscellaneous Regular" line. While the line has disappeared, the musicians have not. We celebrate their years of peerless contributions to our dance program, to Middlebury College, and to the larger community through their work in the many musical projects they have supported over the years. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

Sophie Shao
March 4, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

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

Cellist Shao and friends return to Middlebury with a vivid piano trio program featuring works by Schubert, Ravel, and Brahms. "The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they're not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends"—Times Union. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated event October 29. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.


 

Johnson Symposium 2011
March 5, Saturday

13th Annual 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. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Christian A. Johnson Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

Pictured: Issack Koedijk (Dutch, 1617/18-1668), The empty wineglass: the interior of a Dutch house with a seated cavalier holding an upturned glass, 1648, oil on panel. Courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York.

 

Big APE
March 5, Saturday

Open Rehearsal: Big Action Performance Ensemble

2:30–5:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Come watch the performance take shape as Big APE gets ready for their public concerts on March 18 and 19. Other rehearsals take place on February 12, February 26, and March 12 at the same time/place. Free

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

Peepli Live
March 5, Saturday

Peepli Live

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

An official entry for the 2010 Academy Awards in the Foreign Film category, and winner of numerous international awards, Peepli Live offers a satirical vision of the effects of globalization in India. Taking its cue from a series of farmer suicides in the village of Peepli, the film uses amateur tribals (adivasis) to document how the media, politicians, and Indian society have recast this social problem to their own ends. Critics have praised the film’s use of humor to highlight a grim social reality. Directed by Anusha Rizvi. Presented by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 


Gotta Sing 2011
March 6, Sunday*

Gotta Sing!

Beth Thompson, soprano
Cynthia Huard, piano

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

Giving voice to life's emotions—from love, joy, and whimsy to despair and ennui, nothing says it like a song. Affiliate Artists Beth Thompson and Cynthia Huard share vocal gems that illuminate the human condition. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free
*Rescheduled from February 13


 

duo runedako
March 7, Monday

duo runedako: Ruth Neville and Daniel Koppelman

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

Tradition meets technology in this genre-defying concert. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary music and pulling from classical, jazz, and electroacoustic (electronic) traditions, duo runedako plays everything from traditional literature for two pianos and piano four-hands, to interactive works for electronics and computer. "Engaging, intelligent and unpretentious"-Keyboard magazine. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free
Weather note: this concert will take place despite the storm.

 

 

Andrea Olsen 2011
March 9, Wednesday

Inaugural Lecture: From Fear to the Sublime—Art Making and the Environment

4:30 P.M., McCullough Social Space
Andrea Olsen, Professor of Dance and the John C. Elder Professor in Environmental Studies will dance, lecture, and offer invitations for how to inhabit your body with both ease and activism in this time of environmental challenge. Free

 

 

Big APE
March 12, Saturday

Open Rehearsal: Big Action Performance Ensemble

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

Come watch the performance take shape as Big APE gets ready for their public concerts on March 18 and 19. Other rehearsals take place on February 12, February 26, and March 5 at the same time/place. Free. *Please note revised time.

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

Big Fan poster
March 12, Saturday

Big Fan

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

Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. This dark comedy plays on obsession, strained family relations, and unwanted media attention. "A spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name"-New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series and screened in conjunction with the exhibition Mixed Signals at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

 

Abbey Theatre - Terminus new
March 12, Saturday

Abbey Theatre, Ireland: TERMINUS

8:00 P.M., Wright Memorial Theatre

A young woman looking for love, a mother seeking atonement, and a serial killer who has sold his soul to the devil are ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world. Playwright and director Mark O'Rowe weaves their interlocking, rhyming monologues into a truly original, gripping drama presented by Ireland's national theatre. Terminus has recently enjoyed hugely successful runs at New York's Public Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Strong adult language and content make this a performance for mature audiences only. "Hilarious, startling, surprisingly touching and enormously satisfying ... a thrill ride"-Irish Times. A discussion regarding the work immediately follows the performance. The U.S. tour of Terminus is supported by Culture Ireland and the Irish Ministry of Culture, and the Abbey Theatre is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Éalaoín. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets: $24/18/6. NOW SOLD OUT-- a few tickets will be made available at the door. Please come to the Wright Theatre Box Office at 7:00 PM Saturday to get yours.

Photo Ros Kavanagh

Music Department Vocal Students
March 12, Saturday

An Evening of Songs and Arias

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

Students from the Department of Music present a variety of music, from baroque to contemporary, by dynamic composers. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Cynthia Huard and Susanne Peck
*This Event Rescheduled from October 22
March 13, Sunday*

Sacred to Satire:

Susanne Peck, soprano, and Cynthia Huard, piano/harpsichord

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

The dynamic duo of Affiliate Artists Susanne Peck and Cynthia Huard presents a smorgasbord of old and new songs. They start with arias from the German and French baroque periods, featuring oboist Daniel Frostman, and follow with songs by the prolific, late-romantic German composer Hugo Wolf and a sampling from the Spanish, and English repertory. For dessert, a world premiere of a new song cycle by Peter Hamlin '73 entitled Abstinence Education, reflecting on some recent news items that make you realize that the truth is stranger, and often funnier, than fiction. Special guest Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead, viola da gamba. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free. *This event rescheduled from October 22.

Sanford Mirling - Dont Let Go For The World
March 14, Monday

Artist Talk: Sanford Mirling

4:30 P.M., Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Sanford Mirling will present his sculptural, video, and installation work in a public lecture.  Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free


Big APE- Ellen Smith Ahearn
March 15, Tuesday

Big APE Residency Activity: Duet Making Master Class

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

Ellen Smith-Ahern '05 and Lida Winfield combine improvisational scores and set choreography to explore the duetmaking process. Students will work with elements of non-verbal communication (signals, cues, gestures) and spatial
mapping to clarify the relationships that inevitably emerge through movement. Open to all levels. Part of a series of public residency activities—offering a sampling of vibrant movement styles and diverse approaches to dance— leading up to the performances on March 18 and 19. Free

 

Su Lian Tan 2010
March 16, Wednesday

Faculty lecture Series: Su Lian Tan, Department of Music

4:30 P.M., Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, The Orchard (Room 103)

"What is the Language of Opera in the 21st Century? Lotus Lives, a Chamber Opera." Tan speaks about the development of her ambitious new chamber opera project, Lotus Lives. This semi-autobiographical work explores Mandarin and Malay culture, following three generations of bold women. Other artistic collaborators include alumnus Tim Bartlett '98 and acclaimed contemporary music group The Meridian Arts Ensemble. Sponsored by the Faculty Lecture Series. Free


Big APE
March 16, Wednesday

Big APE Residency Activity: Contemporary Krumping/Hip Hop

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

An expressive form of folk art that originated in the African-American community, Krumping is a dance of resistance and spiritual expression of the soul. Sheriefs Gamble teaches an intermediate/advanced class exploring the foundations of Krumping through stomps, chest pops, buck-ups, and tricks/kill-offs. Part of a series of public residency activities—offering a sampling of vibrant movement styles and diverse approaches to dance— leading up to the performances on March 18 and 19. Free

 

Kevin Lawrence
March 16, Wednesday*
 

The Solo Violin Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach: Kevin Lawrence, violin

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

Kevin Lawrence's assertive style and strong musical personality have received critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. Lawrence serves as string chair at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is known to Vermont audiences as founder and artistic director of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington. The three solo violin partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach are pinnacles of the solo violin repertoire, culminating in the monumental Chaconne. "On one staff, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world."—Johannes Brahms. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

*This performance rescheduled from Friday, February 25.

 

sheet music
***CANCELED***
March 16, Wednesday

Student Instrumental Concert

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

Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free ***this event canceled***

 

Big APE 2
March 17, Thursday

Big APE Residency Activity: Modern Technique: Limbs as Roots and Roots as Limbs

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

Do you want to dance with the grace and fluidity of a swan and the
guttural fierceness of a cat? Hanna Satterlee takes you for a ride
with her intermediate contemporary dance class utilizing upside
down and right side up techniques. Part of a series of public residency activities—offering a sampling of vibrant movement styles and diverse approaches to dance— leading up to the performances on March 18 and 19. Free

 

Drinking in America
March 17–19, Thursday–Saturday

Drinking in America

8:00 P.M. each evening, Hepburn Zoo

Play by Eric Bogosian; senior work of Reilly Steel '11 (acting). Dubbed a "breakneck, hair-raising comic tour of the contemporary American male psyche" by The New York Times, Drinking in America explores our inebriation with fantasy and power in a series of monologues, at times hilarious, at times tragic, and always pointed. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4

 


Francois Clemmons - St Patty's Day
March 18, Friday

François Clemmons and Friends: St. Patrick's 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 of lively Irish tunes. An esteemed tenor with a long and colorful career, Clemmons is joined on stage by a parade of guest artists sure to lift your spirits. Director of Jazz Activities Dick Forman accompanies on piano. Free

Big APE

March 18-19, Friday-Saturday

Big Action Performance Ensemble

8:00 P.M., Town Hall Theater

In reaction to dance competition reality shows that evaluate who is qualified to dance, Big APE presents Everyone Can Dance, a community-based performance project that celebrates the contagious allure of movement and the dynamic capabilities of the human body. The project includes a statewide tour and a four-week residency with Middlebury College students and local community participants. Come see the performance take shape at several open rehearsals: Saturdays from 2:30–5:30 P.M. in the Dance Theatre: 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, and 3/12. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Town Hall Theater, the Dance Program, the Committee on the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vermont Community Foundation. Tickets: $24/18/6.

Pictured: Simon Thomas-Train '09 and Ellen Smith-Ahearn '05, photo Elizabeth Zevallos '09

Middlebury College Orchestra 2010
March 19, Saturday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor
Andrew St. Angelo '14, violin

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

Featuring Andrew St. Angelo '14, violin, winner of the 2011 Beucher Concerto Competition, as soloist. The MCO brings students together to present great orchestral music at the highest possible standard of musicianship—and cultivates the joy of live performance. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale March 7

Photo Brett Simison

 


Noah Silverstein '11
March 20, Sunday

Noah Silverstein '11, voice and piano

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

Pianist, tenor, and countertenor Noah Silverstein performs a recital of both vocal and piano repertoire spanning Bach, Beethoven, Fauré, Gluck, Handel and more. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


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March 22, Tuesday

India Laughlin '11, soprano

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

Soprano India Laughlin '11 sings a collection of songs and arias by Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, and many more for her senior recital, accompanied by Cynthia Huard on the piano. She has studied voice with Susanne Peck for four years, and this will be her third solo voice recital at Middlebury. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 


Kaveh Waddell Ricky Chen
March 23, Wednesday

Richard P. Chen '13, piano

Kaveh E. Waddell '13, piano

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

Sophomore pianists Kaveh E. Waddell '13 and Richard P. Chen '13 share the stage for their solo recital debuts at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Their program includes solo piano works by Schumann, Barber, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Chen and Waddell are both students of celebrated pianist and Affiliate Artist Diana Fanning, and Chen is the winner of the 2010 Middlebury Alan and Joyce Beucher Concerto Competition. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Belcea Quartet
March 24, Thursday

Belcea Quartet

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

The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation. It continues to take the British and international chamber-music circuit by storm, consistently receiving critical acclaim for its performances. In this third performance at Middlebury, the quartet will play Beethoven's op. 132 and Schubert's G Major Quartet. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

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