December 2011 Events

December 1, Thursday (through December 12)

Silkscreen Print Exhibition

Johnson Memorial Building

View works by students in Hedya Klein’s silkscreen class. Students explore photo-stencil techniques, as well as direct-drawing application and color registration. Concepts range from very personal to more broad and universal ideas. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Amy Doucette '12, silkscreened collage


December 1, Thursday

Original Compositions

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

Students from Su Lian Tan's fall term music classes present their academic work in a public concert. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free. *Please note: new time.

December 1–3, Thursday–Saturday

Man of La Mancha

8:00 PM each evening,  McCullough Social Space

The Middlebury College Musical Players present Man of La Mancha, directed by Charles Giardina '12, with musical direction by Hannah Rommer '08.5. Book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. This musical tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Don Quixote fights villains and windmills alike and attempts to convince a prostitute, Aldonza, that she is a lady worthy of great honors. Man of la Mancha combines the strongest theatrical traditions of music, comedy, and tragedy, exploring themes of hope, insanity, and belief in oneself. The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. Tickets: $10/6. 


December 2, Friday

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano

Julius Drake, piano

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

Winners of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award for their recording of Tchaikovsky Romances, the Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and the world’s most in-demand collaborative pianist, Julius Drake, will perform songs by Schumann, Mahler, and Eisler. “Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does”—BBC Music Magazine. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. A special reception will follow the performance. Tickets: $25/20/6.

December 2–3, Friday–Saturday

Fall Dance Concert

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

Advanced student choreographers explore the impact of theatrical lighting on new work created under the direction of Christal Brown, visiting lecturer in dance, and lighting designer Jennifer Ponder. The annual Newcomer’s Piece, choreographed this year by Brown, is included in this exciting program. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale November 14. 

Pictured: Alicia Evancho '12, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

December 3, Saturday

Animal Kingdom

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Writer-director David Michôd’s film tells the story of 17-year-old “J” as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. “Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style.”—Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

December 3, Saturday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

Dick Forman, director

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

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble continues to celebrate that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” with a program of contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements, and a nod to the best music of the swing era. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


December 6, Tuesday

African Music and Dance Ensemble

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

The new African Music and Dance Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Damascus Kafumbe, performs in an end-of-semester concert featuring a wide range of East African instrumental, vocal, and dance repertoire. Ensemble members perform on East African drums, fiddles, harps, lyres, lamellaphones, shakers, and xylophones. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Vincent A. Jones '12

December 7, Wednesday

Taking Flight

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

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Advanced Beginning Dance course, facilitated by Artist in Residence Tiffany Rhynard. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Pictured: Sarah Chapin '12, Alexandra Vasquez '12, and Alicia Evancho '12, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

December 7, Wednesday

Performance by Students of Cynthia Huard

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

Students of Cynthia Huard perform works by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Barber, and Debussy. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


December 8, Thursday

Informal showing of the Dance Company of Middlebury’s PUSH: Moving History Forward

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

DCM shows and discussed the progress they’ve made in constructing a diverse concert of works for formal performance at Middlebury in January and later on tour to Philadelphia, PA. Supported in part by a grant from the Committee on the Arts, the company is exploring the roots of American dance forms: Swing, Contact Improvisation, Hip-Hop, and Modern Dance. Guest choreographers Teena Marie Custer and Nicholas Leichter will contribute new pieces to the company’s repertory which is under the artistic direction of Artist in Residence Tiffany Rhynard. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon


December 8, Thursday

Jazz Showcase

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Some of the College’s top jazz instrumentalists and singers will present selections from their term’s work.  This performance is a celebration of the music that’s been called "America’s National Treasure."  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

December 8-10,Thursday-Saturday

A Million Tiny Deaths*

8:00 PM each evening, plus 10:30 PM on Friday only, Hepburn Zoo

Company of freaks seeking voyeurs for a night of fairy tales and fetish, distortion, and alienation. Come grope the unknowable as we unveil “the million tiny deaths that occur in everyday human interaction.” Selections include Reza de Wet, Moira Buffini, and Lynn Nottage. Senior theatre work of Emily Rosenkrantz '12 (acting) and Kelsey Ferguson '12  (directing). Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4, on sale Nov. 21. *Please note new title

December 9, Friday

Architectural Studies Open Studio

4:00-6:00 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Lobby and Mezzanine
Work by students in HARC 130 Intro to Architectural Design and HARC 330 Intermediate Design Studio. Take a study break and join us for light refreshments and some right brain thinking. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free


December 9, Friday

Mendelssohn Quartet

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

Concert featuring Sam Lee ‘13 and Emily Wei ‘13, violins; Matt Weinert-Stein ‘14, viola; and Grace Bell ‘13, cello. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

December 10, Saturday

Winter Vocal Recital

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

Music department students cap off a semester of study with a recital of art songs and arias. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Pictured: Emily Raymundo '10

December 11, Sunday

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas: 40th Anniversary Services

4:00 and 7:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel
In its 40th year at Middlebury, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols for choir, organ, and congregation, modeled after the long-standing European tradition. The anniversary program includes music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, William Matthias, Herbert Howells, David Willcocks, and Canadian composer Eleanor Daley. Each service is preceded by performances on the chapel carillon. Laurel Jordan, chaplain; Emory Fanning, organ; and the Middlebury College Chapel Choir, Jeff Buettner, conductor. Free

Pictured: Jeff Buettner and Nathaniel Rothrock '12, photo Brett Simison

December 12, Monday

Pity Party!

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre
Senior theatre work of Naomi Shafer '12 (playwriting). This new play tells the story of Eva, who struggles to communicate her loss after her boyfriend’s death. Convinced that the only person who will understand is Davie, Eva sets out to find him in the after-life. On her journey, she befriends Natalya, the seductive voice from a Russian language-learning program. Together, Eva and Natalya search for a way to get to Davie, but their quest is complicated by the alluring reality of college parties. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

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