October 2010

Heliand Trio
October 1, Friday

Heliand Trio

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

This colorful program, aptly entitled "French/Brazilian Connection," includes music by Poulenc, Villa Lobos, and other composers active in Paris and Brazil in the mid-20th century. Affiliate artists Cynthia Huard (piano) and Rachael Elliott (bassoon) are joined by clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Troubled Water poster
October 2, Saturday

Troubled Water

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

Erik Poppe's film follows the societal reentry of Thomas (Sverre Valheim Hagen) after an eight-year prison term for the murder of a young boy. With beautiful camera work and strong performances, the film "offers Poppe's most assured vision yet, and its harrowing climax promises nothing short of hard-earned revelation"--San Francisco International Film Festival. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

Paul Asbell 9-18-2010
**RESCHEDULED FROM SEPTEMBER 18
October 3, Sunday**

Paul Asbell, guitar

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

Affiliate artist Paul Asbell has released several solo acoustic CDs that have received glowing reviews in Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar magazines. He has performed and recorded with numerous blues legends, including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Eric Clapton. Originally scheduled by the the Department of Music as part of its Blues Weekend (see associated event September 17); this concert was postponed due to illness. Free

 

FOAM Day Trip Oct2010
October 6, Wednesday

Friends of the Art Museum Day Trip

This peak foliage day trip, which also includes members of UVM's Fleming Museum, takes the Friends to the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College to tour their permanent collection and a special exhibit of Native American ledger drawings. After lunch in Hanover, they head to Cornish to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site to enjoy the beautiful grounds and studio of celebrated American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and to view an exhibit of Civil War drawings. Information, reservations, and departure details: 802.443.2034 or asolomon@middlebury.edu

 

Terry Creach
October 6,  Wednesday

Guest Artist: Terry Creach

12:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation about art-making with dance artist Terry Creach, facilitated by Andrea Olsen for the Place of Dance series. Terry Creach directs New York City-based Creach/Company, which tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. A post-modern choreographer, he has received numerous choreographic fellowships and has been a guest choreographer and faculty member at prominent dance programs across the country.
Terry has taught at Bennington College since 1987, and recently served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

Michelangelo Antonioni
October 7, Thursday

A Cosmologist Reflects on the Work of Michelangelo Antonioni

4:30 P.M., Robert A. Jones '59 House, Conference Room

Lecture by Bruce Winstein, Samuel Allison Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, University of Chicago, Guggenheim fellow, and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni was arguably the most intelligent of all the directors who rose to prominence in the 1950s and '60s. His films and writings reveal his interest in modern science, especially cosmology. Winstein discusses Antonioni's work, finding it still relevant today because his cinematic methodology resonates with the scientific method practiced by researchers. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Free

 

October 7, Thursday

Lecture by Cameron Visiting Architect Brian Mackay-Lyons

7:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Brian MacKay-Lyons is internationally recognized for linking architectural works to their environments by combining local materials, technologies, and building practices with regional forms. He is the 2010 Cameron Visiting Architect in Middlebury's architectural studies program, a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, professor at Dalhousie University, and founder of the Ghost International Architectural Laboratory. See associated exhibition September 30-October 14. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Cameron Family Enrichment Fund. Free

 

This Kind of Close
October 7–9, Thursday–Saturday

This Kind of Close: Stories of Love

8:00 P.M. each evening, plus 10:30 PM on Friday night only; , Hepburn Zoo

The Theatre Program presents the annual first-year student theatre production, directed this year by Caitlin Dennis '06.5.This Kind of Close is a collection of scenes exploring the joy and complexity of being young and loving today. The show celebrates the butterflies of new love, the strange bond between siblings, the excitement in flirtation, the pain of devotion, and the perfection in true connection. Tickets: $4; on sale September 20.

 

Francois Clemmons
October 8, Friday

Fall Family Weekend Concert

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

Featuring Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence François Clemmons, tenor; the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir, François Clemmons, conductor; the Middlebury College Orchestra, Andrew Massey, conductor; and the Middlebury College Choir, Jeff Rehbach, conductor. Free

 

Tibert In Song
October 9, Saturday

Tibet in Song

Introduced by filmmaker Ngawang Choephel Art.D '02

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

Winner of the 2010 International Human Rights Award and the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Tibet in Song is the documentary that filmmaker Ngawang Choephel set out to make in 1995, but then he was imprisoned for seven years by the Chinese government after being accused of espionage. "A multimedia essay that . . . begins with a celebration of music's place in Tibetan culture"-Variety. Choephel introduces the screenings and discusses his career, including his time as a Fulbright Scholar at Middlebury College. He was awarded an honorary degree in 2002. In Tibetan with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free
**Please note date change. "Bright Star" originally planned for this date, will be screened on September 25.

 

Till Fellner
October 9, Saturday

Till Fellner, piano

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

With his scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command, Austrian pianist Till Fellner is in demand at all the major music venues. The Washington Post proclaims that this student of Alfred Brendel "plays Beethoven sonatas like a poet." Fellner's Vermont premiere opens the 91st season of the Performing Arts Series with three masterpieces constituting a perfect distillation of Beethoven's famous "third period": Piano Sonatas no. 30 in E, op. 109; no. 31 in A-flat, op. 110; and no. 32 in C Minor, op. 111. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

 

Alena Giesche '11
October 10, Sunday

Body and Earth joins the Global Work Party: A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions

10:00 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Help make the tenth day of the tenth month of the millennium's tenth year a real starting point for concrete action on a clean energy future. Begin your day with an energizing hour of yoga practice at 10:00 A.M., then join in initiatives by the Body and Earth class and the town of Middlebury. Community projects in every corner of the world will install solar panels, insulate homes, erect windmills, plant trees, launch or harvest local gardens, and hold special classes and workshops to encourage a clean energy future. For detailed information, visit 350.org.

Pictured: Alena Giesche '11, photo Alan Kimara Dixon


Paul Lewis
October 12, Tuesday

Paul Lewis, piano

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

A volcano grounded pianist Paul Lewis in Europe last spring, preventing him from performing in Middlebury. But he has graciously cleared time in his busy schedule to return and play the repertoire programmed for that recital, including Mozart's Adagio in B Minor, the great Fantasie in C by Schumann, Vallée d'Obermann by Liszt, and Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on February 15 and May 1. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.


Susannah Drake work 2
October 14, Thursday

Exhibition of Works: Cameron Visiting Architect Susannah Drake (through October 28)

Johnson Memorial Building, Lobby

Susannah C. Drake is the Principal of dlandstudio, an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that includes landscape architects, urban designers, sculptors, scientists and architects. Among their diverse recent public projects are "A New Urban Ground," designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art's Rising Currents exhibit; the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost 200,000 visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008; and the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Lilongwe, Africa. In addition to her professional practice, Drake is an adjunct professor of design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at City College of New York. See associated lecture on October 21. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

 

 

 

Sabra Field Cosmic Geometry
October 15, Friday

Sabra Field Mural Photo Contest (through October 24)*

*Contest Extended To November 30!

Wright Memorial Theatre

Stay tuned for Middlebury's newest work of public art at Wright Theatre: the monumental mural Cosmic Geometry, by Sabra Field '57. The Middlebury Mural Project was first proposed by Art History major Kate Lupo '10 in the fall of 2009, and has since been approved and financially supported by the Committee for Art in Public Places, DoSomething.org, as well as generous Middlebury parents, friends, and alumni. From October 15–19, watch Colossal Media's expert painters create this gigantic mural in 4 days, just in time for Homecoming Weekend! Visitors are encouraged to visit the mural from October 15–23 and participate in the Middlebury Mural Photo Contest: submit photos of your friends and family in front of the artwork at Murals4America for a chance to win a signed Sabra Field poster! Free

 

FOAM Gala Oct2010
October 16, Saturday

Friends of the Art Museum Gala

7:00-11:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts Lobbies and Museum of Art

Put on your festive cocktail party best for this gala celebration and enjoy food, drink, music, entertainment, and view the retrospective exhibition Friends Bearing Gifts: 40 Years of Acquisitions from the Friends of the Art Museum. Presentation of three possible art purchases and vote to select the Friends' 2010 gift to the Museum at 9:15 P.M.  Can't attend? View the works at the Museum after September 17, and cast your vote ahead of time. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Tickets $50; $25 for entry after 9:00 P.M. Complimentary individual membership included for non-members. Registration deadline extended! Buy tickets here.

 

 

 

Four Decades of Collecting Lecture 10-21-2010
October 21, Thursday

Four Decades of Collecting Sculpture at Middlebury: From Neo-Classicism through Symbolism

4:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Early in the history of Middlebury's permanent collection, two busts-a marble by Vermonter Hiram Powers and a bronze by Frenchman François Rude-established 19th-century sculpture as an area of interest. Those thoughtful purchases have served as a nucleus around which a distinguished array of sculptures in various media from several national schools has coalesced. In this lecture, John Hunisak, professor of history of art and architecture, surveys the museum's history of collecting these sculptures and contextualizes them in the larger fabric of 19th-century art. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Pictured: Hiram Powers, American, 1805-1873, Bust of Greek Slave, c. 1850-73, marble, 24 1/2 x 16 x 7 1/2 inches. Gift of the Friends of Art and the Salomon-Hutzler Foundation. 1970.006

 

Susannah Drake work 2
October 21, Thursday

Lecture by Cameron Visiting Architect Susannah Drake

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

Architect Susannah C. Drake is the Principal of dland studio, an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that includes landscape architects, urban designers, sculptors, scientists and architects. Among their diverse recent public projects are "A New Urban Ground," designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art's Rising Currents exhibit; the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost 200,000 visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008; and the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Lilongwe, Africa. In addition to her professional practice, Drake is an adjunct professor of design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at City College of New York. An exhibition of her work is on view in the Johnson Memorial Building October 14–28. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free


 

October 21, Thursday (through November 4)

Sculptures in the Form of a Chair

Johnson Memorial Building, Pit Space

In this exhibition, student sculptures consider the idea of a chair from many perspectives: as an object of design for support or comfort, as a socializing or civilizing device, as a ceremonial object, or as a historical artifact. The resulting artworks personalize the concept of a chair while emphasizing its sculptural potential in both utilitarian and non-utilitarian forms. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: chair sculpture by Emily Reed '10

 

Cynthia Huard and Susanne Peck*This Event Canceled (may be rescheduled; check back for updates)
October 22, Friday*

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

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

The dynamic duo of 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. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free. *This Event Canceled (may be rescheduled; check back for updates)

 

Museum logo
October 23, Saturday

Homecoming Luncheon and Celebration for the Friends of the Art Museum

12:00 P.M., Kirk Alumni Center

Join local Friends of the Art Museum, past chairs, faculty, staff, and distinguished alumni as they recall the group's storied past. A members-only event. Information and reservations: 802.443.2034 or asolomon@middlebury.edu

 

24 City poster
October 23, Saturday

24 City

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

In Jia Zhangke's poetic fiction-nonfiction hybrid, Chinese Factory 420 is torn down to make way for luxury housing, as workers from various generations tell their stories. Featuring "immaculately composed, often painterly images"--Variety. Nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. In Chinese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

Dayve Huckett
October 23, Saturday

Dayve Huckett, guitar

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

Affiliate artist Dayve Huckett's repertoire spans from Zappa to the Beatles and from Sting to Tommy Emmanuel, and includes his own original music on classical, steel string, and electric guitars. Guest artists Peter Hamlin '73 (accordion), Mark Christensen (guitar and chapman stick), Hannah Rose Rommer '09 (viola and voice), Mia Fritze (French horn), Kara Krikorian (flute), Lindsey Selin (viola), and Rachael Elliott (bassoon) join him on stage for an eclectic evening of music. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Major Barbara
October 26, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: Major Barbara

12:30 P.M., Wright Memorial 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.

 

 

Tamar Rogoff-Diagnosis of a Faun 2
October 27–30, Wednesday–Saturday

Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects residency

The interface between science and art is the core of this residency. Innovative choreographer and current Guggenheim Fellow Tamar Rogoff, and actor/dancer Gregg Mozgala share their findings from two years of daily work expanding the limitations and possibilities
of cerebral palsy through dance. Three days of free classes and discussions culminate in the public, ticketed performance of Diagnosis of a Faun on October 29 and 30.

October 27, Wednesday

Master Class in Movement with Mozgala and Rogoff
2:45-4:15 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Open to Middlebury College students (dancers and actors); email dance@middlebury.edu to reserve a place.

October 28, Thursday

Master Class in Movement with Rogoff
9:30-10:45 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Open to Middlebury College students; email dance@middlebury.edu to reserve a place

Behind-the-Scenes Lunchtime Lecture-Demonstration
12:30-1:15 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Rogoff and Mozgala discuss their process of art-making, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance as part of the Place of Dance series. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the MCFA.

October 29, Friday

Lunchtime Lecture-Demonstration
12:30-1:20 P.M. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220
Rogoff and Mozgala discuss neuroplasticity in relation to their work with cerebral palsy, hosted by the Department of Biology and the Program in Neuroscience.

 

Major Barbara
October 28-30, Thursday-Saturday

Major Barbara

8:00 P.M. each evening, Wright Memorial Theatre

A controversial munitions manufacturer is reunited with his three children, challenging their views on religion, war, profit, and poverty. Director Richard Romagnoli takes on George Bernard Shaw's classic drama. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale October 11

 

Hecuba Symposium 1
October 29–30, Friday–Saturday

Euripides' Hecuba: A Symposium

In conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance's upcoming production of Hecuba, the Department of Classics hosts a symposium October 29–30 centering on Euripides' gripping tragedy. Also sponsored by Ross Commons.

October 29, Friday

Keynote Lecture: Characterization and Revenge in Euripides’ Hecuba
4:30 P.M., Twilight Auditorium

Keynote address by Justina Gregory, Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures, Smith College. Free

Saturday, October 30

Panel Discussion
1:30 P.M., Twilight Auditorium

Pavlos Sfyroeras, Marc Witkin, and Randall Ganiban, Classics Department; Cláudio Medeiros, Department of Theatre and Dance; Timothy Billings, Department of English and American Literatures. Free

 

October 29, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

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

Cellist Sophie Shao and her friends have become perennial favorites of Middlebury audiences, thanks to Shao's ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles of tremendous virtuosic talent. This first of two recitals (the second is March 4) features music by Ravel and piano quintets by Elgar and Schumann. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

 

Tamar Rogoff-Diagnosis of a Faun
October 29-30, Friday-Saturday

Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects: Diagnosis of a Faun

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

Drawing inspiration from Nijinkski's Afternoon of a Faun and dancer Gregg Mozgala's first-hand experience with cerebral palsy, innovative choreographer and current Guggenheim Fellow Tamar Rogoff creates a creature that simultaneously inhabits two worlds. As Rogoff's faun moves through the seemingly disparate spheres of the operating room and the forest in the company of dancers and doctors, the curse of separation between medicine and art is lifted. Post-performance discussion with the artists both evenings. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, the Dance Program, VSA Vermont, the Academic Outreach Endowment, the Program in Neuroscience, the Americans with Disabilities Act Office, and the Department of Biology.  Visit our event page for additional residency activity information. Tickets: $24/$18/6.

Sign Language Interpretation available

Please note: Sign language interpretation will be provided for the Saturday evening performance.

 

Watch a video from CBS Sunday Morning about dancer Mozgala and this project:

 

Capitalism A Love Story poster
October 30, Saturday

Capitalism: A Love Story

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

Michael Moore's (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) latest documentary examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. With humor and outrage, the film explores the question, What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? "Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes"-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

October 30, Saturday

Timothy Cummings, Scottish bagpipes

8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

Affiliate artist Timothy Cummings shares music from the British Isles, Appalachia, and his own imagination, played on a variety of Celtic instruments: penny whistles and three types of Scottish bagpipes-Highland, border, and smallpipes. Guest artists contribute to an evening of evocative and entrancing music, with brief discussions about these uncommon instruments and their distinctive qualities. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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