April 2012

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April 4, Wednesday

Theatre Auditions

4:15-7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

For Middlebury College students: auditions for roles in the two fall 2012 faculty-directed productions (with directors Cheryl Faraone and Alex Draper '88). Contact the Theatre Program for more info.

 

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April 5, Thursday

The Global Assault on Africa’s Resources

4:30 PM, Robert A. Jones ’59 House, Conference Room

Michael T. Klare presents an illustrated lecture about how the world’s relentless demand for oil, minerals, timber, and other raw materials is producing war, poverty, and environmental devastation in Africa. Professor Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, based at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is the author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of Geography, Atwater Commons, and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Free

Pictured: Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon/Germany/France, born 1967), Afrika Oil, 2005–2008, photographic print, 67 x 51 inches. Courtesy of the artist

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April 5, Thursday

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 229

A showing of the documentary film on the life and influence of the famed American writer Carl Sandburg. See associated event at 8:00 PM. Free 

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April 5, Thursday

Sandburg and the Guitar
John Akers '73, classical guitar

8:00 PM, Chateau Grand Salon

Classical guitarist and Middlebury alum John Akers tells the story of Carl Sandburg's love of the guitar. Poet of the people, novelist, historian, author of children's literature, collector of folk music, singer and twentieth-century American icon, Carl Sandburg loved the Spanish classical guitar. In this hour-long presentation, narrator and guitarist John Akers tells the story of Sandburg's love, interpreting and dramatizing Sandburg's guitar-inspired writings and performing the pieces he loved, including an original composition for Sandburg by Andrés Segovia. Free

 

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April 5-7, Thursday-Saturday

Stop Kiss

8:00 PM each evening, with a 10:30 PM late show on Friday only, Hepburn Zoo Theatre

A play by Diana Son; senior work of Blake Lee Clay-McBee '12  (directing) and Hallie Woods '12 (acting). What do lesbians, helicopters, coma patients, and cats have in common? It's not an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical... it is Stop Kiss, the funny, heart-wrenching play by Diana Son. Want to know how they all fit together? Join us. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4; on sale March 19.

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April 6, Friday (through April 12)

Color Photography

Johnson Memorial Building

See new works by students enrolled in ART 328 Color Photography. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Kylie Atwood '11, untitled, color photograph

 

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April 6, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

“A Student Perspective: Looking at Art with the Robert F. Reiff Intern.” Leann Xi Li ’12, the museum’s Reiff Intern, highlights her research on Idris Khan’s Gratitude. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby.Take a close look at an object from the museum’s collection with the 2011–2012 Robert F. Reiff student intern. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.

Pictured: Idris Khan (British, born 1978), Gratitude, 2009, digital bromide print, 54 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 2 inches, ed 6/6. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Photography and Film/Video Acquisition Fund, 2010.003

 

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April 7, Saturday

Poetry

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A 60-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. This latest film from South Korean director Chang-dong Lee won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. In Korean with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

sheet music
April 8, Sunday
 

Eri Ito '12, soprano

Divya Dethier '12, piano

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Music students Eri Ito and Divya Dethier perform together in their senior recital in the Concert Hall. In this hour-long concert, they will present pieces that span the musical timeline, from classical opera arias to romantic Debussy pieces to Broadway musical tunes. Dethier studies with Affiliate Artist Cynthia Huard. Huard will also accompany Ito for this recital. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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April 9-10, Monday-Tuesday

Rothrock Residency featuring Dancer and Filmmaker Erika Randall

Erika Randall (MFA, The Ohio State University, BA, University of Washington) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado. Erika has worked with Sara Hook, David Parker and the Bang Group, Teena Marie Custer, Michelle Ellsworth, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, the Mark Morris Dance Group and Buglisi/Foreman Dance. In 2004, Erika formed the Columbus Movement Movement (cm2), which was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” (2007). Her film Leading Ladies (2010) has played 60 festivals worldwide, winning Audience Awards for Best Feature Narrative Film at the Palm Beach Women’s Film Festival and the San Francisco United Film Festival. This residency is sponsored by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts—established in 2011, to support opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experience in the performing arts—with support from the Dance Program. Residency Activities are free.

April 9, Monday

Master Class: Modern Dance Technique

2:45-4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Transferring the three-dimensionality of dance to the two-dimensional format of cinema starts with a keen understanding of movement. In this master class, students will experience movement from both visual and kinetic perspectives as Randall progresses through a rhythmic romp that emphasizes the planes in space, large, sweeping movements, delicious detail, and turning off balance. Free

Tuesday, April 10

Film Screening: Leading Ladies

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125
Join us for a screening of Leading Ladies with Erika Randall who co-wrote, directed, produced and choreographed this feature dance film. The film premiered at the Sonoma International Film Festival in 2010, and has played to sold-out audiences at over 60 festivals worldwide, including: New York’s NewFest, Los Angeles’ Outfest, San Francisco’s Frameline, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Starz Denver Film Festival, the Cannes Independent Film Festival, and won “Best Feature” at the Palm Beach Women’s Film Festival. Her interest in dance, its relationship to popular culture, and its ability to impact change, is at the heart of all of her research and teaching. Free

 

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April 10, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: The Imaginary Invalid

12:30 PM, Wright Memorial Theatre

Guest Director Jay Dunn ’00 and members of The Imaginary Invalid company give some history, some process, and some experience about the making of the production. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.

 

 

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April 10, Tuesday

New Cartographies: Co-joining Humanities and Science through GIS in WorldMap

4:30 PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220

Talk by Dr. Suzanne Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Sponsored by the Departments of Geography, History of Art and Architecture, Library and Information Services, the Director of the Arts, Atwater Commons, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

 

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April 11, Wednesday

Art and Peace: The Role of Diplomacy in the Ancient Yoruba Sculpture from Ife

12:15 PM, Starr-Axinn Center, Room 100

Dr. Suzanne Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will discuss the role of diplomacy in ancient Yoruba sculpture from Ife, in conjunction with the exhibition Environment and Object: Recent African Art. A reception in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Lower Lobby will follow the talk. Sponsored by the Departments of Geography, History of Art and Architecture, Library and Information Services, the Director of the Arts, Atwater Commons, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

 

imaginaryinvalid
April 12–14, Thursday–Saturday

The Imaginary Invalid

8:00 PMeach evening and 2:00 PMon Saturday only, Wright Memorial Theatre

Suffering from tuberculosis, and not far behind his recently deceased wife and infant son, Molière begins writing what will be his final play: The Imaginary Invalid. Based on the ensemble work of Jacques Lecoq, this new production is an exploration of the tragedy of Molière’s final hours, the comedy of his very last oeuvre, and the ironic parallel of two realities that crash together in an explosion of macaronic Latin, disease, love, lazzi, and death. Directed and adapted by Jay Dunn ’00.5. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale March 19

 

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April 13, Friday

Pavel Haas Quartet

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Times of London exclaimed: “The world’s most exciting string quartet? . . . Well, they suit the tagline better than most . . . Their tone is large, quasi-orchestral. They take risks; often they play fast. Above all, they play with passion.” The Pavel Haas return to Middlebury with a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet no. 1 in D Major, op. 11; the Shostakovich String Quartet no. 7 in F-sharp Minor, op. 108; and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. Their recent recording of Dvórak works earned Gramophone’s prestigious 2011 “Recording of the Year” award. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free; no tickets required.

Photo Keith Saunders

 

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April 14, Saturday

A Film Unfinished

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Yael Hersonski’s documentary features the footage of an infamous and unfinished Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. “A Film Unfinished tackles issues of memory, history, intent—the lies of propaganda as they bend the truth of what we see”—The Boston Globe. In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Holocaust Remembrance Film Fund. Free

 

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April 14, Saturday (through April 19)

Intaglio

Johnson Memorial Building

Students in Hedya Klein’s intaglio class explore both very old techniques and contemporary approaches such as solar plates, etching, drypoint, and aquatint. These applications are transferred into complex ideas. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Joyce Ma '12, intaglio (drypoint and etching), multicolored collage, and hand coloring


sheet music
April 15, Sunday

Annie Bogert '12: Senior Piano and Vocal Recital

2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Bogert studies piano with Affiliate Artist Cynthia Huard. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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April 15, Sunday*

Spring Choral Concert

4:00 PM,* Mead Memorial Chapel*

The concert features College Choir and Women's Glee singing themes of spring characterized by mystery, mysticism, and love. The program includes Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb" with text by British poet Christopher Smart Part, and features College Organist Emory Fanning. The cantata is a litany of sounds, instruments, and figures both ministerial and mystical, and Britten depicted all in mesmerizing, musical caricature, awe, and reverence. Part songs of equally distinct character by Maurice Ravel, Domenic Argento, Claudio Monteverdi, and Volodimir Stetsenko (Ukraine) complete the program. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free. *Please note revised day/time/location

Photo Brett Simison


soribasimbacamara
April 16, Monday

LAST CLASS!

Guinean Dance Class with Soriba Simbo Camara

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join Simbo for a high energy African dance class that's so much fun you'll forget you're working out! Come smile while you sweat and explore another culture from an artistic angle. You'll be amazed at how quickly your stress from the day melts away as you get absorbed into learning the traditional dances and rhythms from West Africa. Sponsored by the Dance Program, the Department of Music, and the Academic Enrichment Fund. Free


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April 18, Wednesday

Middlebury Wind Ensemble

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Also known as "Midd Winds," this ensemble is conducted byJerry Shedd. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Mahaney Center for the Arts
April 19, Thursday

Spring Student Symposium: Opening Event

7:00-10:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

The 2012 Spring Student Symposium kicks off with a keynote address, followed by a student presentations in the performing and visual arts. Free

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April 20, Friday

Spring Student Symposium: Student Presentations and Activities

9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Bicentennial Hall and Johnson Memorial Building
8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Middlebury's Annual Spring Student Symposium is designed to showcase and applaud the undergraduate research and creative efforts of the student body. Learn more about arts related events in Architectural Studies, Studio Art, and Dance below.

 

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April 20, Friday

Architectural Studies Thesis Projects

Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Senior architectural studies students present their thesis design projects at the day-long Spring Student Symposium. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: work by Jesse Catalano '11

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April 20, Friday

Annual Senior Thesis Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture

9:45 AM - 5:00 PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall*

Senior art history majors will present some of the results of their year-long thesis projects in illustrated lectures. Topics this year range from discussions of René Magritte’s use of text to political portraiture in Renaissance Venice. Sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund. Free
*Please note revised location. For full schedule visit go/sym.

Pictured: Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon, Porta della Carta, 1438, Venice

 

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April 20, Friday (through May 27)

Figuring the Face and Facing the Figure: Portraiture In Painting and Sculpture, Polychrome, and Adornment

Johnson Memorial Building

Culminating the academic year, this annual student exhibition includes drawings, sculpture, photographs, paintings, prints, installations, and video created throughout the year. This open studio tour will exhibit large-format artworks nearing completion as part of this spring’s course, ART 0370, Portraiture in Painting and Sculpture. Each student has been working under close individual instruction within a collaborative workshop to make contemporary images and objects of the human image in a contemporary style. This approach is based on making ceramic sculptures that become the subjects for oil-painting pictures. Glazed-ceramic, glass, and copper-enameling further explore strategies of poly-chroming (coloring) to amplify concepts of decoration, jewelry, and clothing. Digital photography is used throughout to record, analyze, and invent. Each student's work will be displayed in the studio setting to exhibit the working environment and process. The artists will be present to speak about their work and the process as a whole on the opening day. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Lingji Hon '11, Lola, paper mache, paint, wood

 

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April 20–21, Friday–Saturday

Senior Thesis Concert: Sarah Chapin ’12, Alicia Evancho ’12, James Moore ’12, Alexandra Vasquez ’12

8:00 PM each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Four dance program seniors present a passionate evening of choreography and performance. Drawing on backgrounds as diverse as sociology, poetry, Portuguese. and theatre, they investigate questions of grief, surveillance, the persistence of memory, and more. The concert will transport you from abandoned ballrooms to public parks, and from explosive athleticism to delicate reflection, as these four choreographers explore their emerging artistic voices. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 2.

 

Pictured: Alexandra Vasquez '12, Sarah Chapin '12, Alicia Evancho '12, and James Moore '12. Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

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April 21, Saturday

Everyone Else

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

While on a Mediterranean vacation, a seemingly happy husband and wife find their connection to one another tested. Everyone Else is “about private, emotional phenomena: the tiny tremors and imperceptible shifts that bring a couple closer together or drive them apart, almost without their noticing”—Boston Globe. Written and directed by Maren Ade. In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

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April 21, Saturday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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April 24, Tuesday

Original Compositions by Students in MUSC0210

8:00 PM,  Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall 

Members of Su Lian Tan's composition class premiere their new works. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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April 25, Wednesday

Spring Recital by Piano Students of Diana Fanning

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The twice-yearly concerts by Diana Fanning’s piano students have become a much-anticipated tradition, well attended by members of both the College community and town. Please join us for an evening of beautiful piano music. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Pictured: pianists Kaveh Waddell '13 and Ricky Chen '13

 

robertswinston
April 26, Thursday

2012 Ron Rucker Lecture: Robert Swinston, Preserving the Cunningham Legacy

4:30-6:00 PM, Davis Family Library, Harmon Periodicals Reading Room

Discussion of digital preservation of treasured cultural resources rarely extends to the most ephemeral of the arts—dance—and the preservation of the choreographic legacy of a 20th century icon. The 2012 Ron Rucker Lecture confronts this compelling archival issue in Preserving the Cunningham Legacy, presented by  Cunningham Director of Choreography, Robert Swinston. Swinston will discuss how he has coped with this monumental and unprecedented challenge. There continues to be much debate, internal and external, as to whether the plan to preserve Cunningham’s body of work, digitally as well as in performance, will actually work. No company with a singular choreographer has fully solved the riddle of how to preserve its dances once their creator has died. “I’m so consumed by it that it never leaves me,” says Swinston, who has been a Cunningham dancer since 1980 and shouldered much of the burden of running the company in its final days. “How can I prolong it, or what can I do? And what do I have to do?” Sponsored by Friends of the Davis Family Library and the Dance Program. Free

 

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April 27, Friday

Lunch with Robert Swinston

12:30-1:20 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

An opportunity to get to know Robert Swinston, dancer and former Middlebury College student. Hear him talk about his career and the decisions he made as he moved from Middlebury to Juilliard to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Lunch provided. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Davis Family Library, the Abernethy Lecture Series, and Special Collections. Free

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April 27–29, Friday–Sunday

Middlebury Bach Festival

Mahaney Center for the Arts and Mead Memorial Chapel

The festival’s Opening Gala features members of The New York Baroque Dance Company on Friday at 6:30 PM in the Mahaney Center for the Arts (group lessons and dance, live music, light hors d’oeuvres, free). Interest Sessions Saturday morning and afternoon include organ, choral and trumpet music demonstrations (free), and there will be a 6:00 PM performance at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury by guitarist Eric Despard. The Festival Concert on Saturday evening at 8:00 PM at Mead Chapel features guest ensemble ARTEK (http://artekearlymusic.org/) and their director Gwendolyn Toth '77, the College Choir, and student and professional instrumentalists (tickets: $12/10; Middlebury College students admitted for free with College ID). Bach’s music will be presented in area congregations on Sunday morning, and the festival concludes with an organ concert by Dr. Emory Fanning on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at Mead Chapel (free). Full details at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Most events free; Festival Concert tickets go on sale April 9.

Photo Brett Simison

 

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April 28, Saturday

A Prophet

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes, this film from Jacques Audiard tells the gripping story of a young Arab man who is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. “One of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices”—New York Times. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

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April 29, Sunday

Nathan Kloczko '12, piano

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Kloczko studies with Affiliate Artist Cynthia Huard. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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