March 2012

 

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March 1, Thursday

Empress Furia Tranquillina and the Dynamics of Late Roman Portraiture

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Pieter Broucke, director of the arts, professor of history of art and architecture, and associate curator of ancient art, discusses the museum’s 2010 acquisition of a portrait of the late Roman empress Tranquillina. She was the wife of Gordian III, who ruled from 238–244 ce, during the tumultuous time of the “Soldier Emperors.” In his illustrated lecture, Broucke contextualizes this important new acquisition in historical and art-historical terms. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Empress Furia Sabina Tranquillina, Roman, Imperial period, 241–244 CE, attributed to the so-called Gordion Master, marble, H. 21 1/2 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Reva B. Seybolt ’72 Art Acquisition Fund and the Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund, 2010.032

 

littlehouseinthebighouse
March 1, Thursday

Screening of “Little House in the Big House”

7:00 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

Join us for a screening of Little House in the Big House, a documentary produced by Artist in Residence (dance) Tiffany Rhynard and her sister, Kim Brittenham, with their production company Sisters Unite. Little House in the Big House takes you inside the gates of the Vermont state women’s prison where, over a period of a year, inmates in a trades program build a modular home from start to finish. Under the instruction of Vermont Works for Women, these women find the tools necessary to build a house and construct a sustainable future. Four women tell their stories as they face difficult challenges while incarcerated and as they re-enter society. Vermont songwriters and performers Anaïs Mitchell '04 and Steph Pappas contribute to the soundtrack. Co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the History of Art and Architecture. More at www.littlehousebighouse.com. Free

 

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March 2, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

“Middlebury Deconstruction: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer’s Design for the Center for the Arts,” a walking tour of the Mahaney Center for the Arts with Professor of Art History Glenn Andres. Meet in the lobby of the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch. 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: The Kevin P. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer. Photo Tad Merrick

 

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March 2, Friday

Fold, Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

This 2010 film follows the artist over a period of two years, at his studio in Ghana, in the U.S., and at the Venice Biennale. Director Susan Vogel provides a vivid portrait of this acclaimed artist who creates sumptuous wall hangings from recycled bottle tops—transformed by thousands of hours of labor. Vogel is founding director of New York’s Museum for African Art, former curator of African Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, former director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

 

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March 2, Friday

Steven Osborne, piano

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

Renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire, pianist Steven Osborne has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2009 Gramophone Award. His most recent recording of the complete works of Ravel has been called the best Ravel cycle on CD by Classic FM Magazine, with “inspired performances with Award Winner written all over them (5 Stars).” Osborne performs an all-Ravel program, including Gaspard de la Nuit, at Middlebury. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

 

 

tabloid
March 3, Saturday

Tabloid

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A documentary about a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon missionary, the newest film from legendary documentarian Errol Morris is “bonkers in all the best possible ways”—Variety. A 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Favorite. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

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March 3, Saturday

Katie Dunleavy '12, soprano

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

Lyric soprano Katie Dunleavy performs an evening of song for her senior recital. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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March 6, Tuesday

Two Talks by Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza

7:00 PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216

Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Associate Professor of Music at Makerere University in Uganda, will give two public talks: “Female-men, Male-women, and Others: Constructing and Negotiating Gender among the Baganda of Uganda,” and “Dance as Music Not Heard, But Seen and Music as Audio Dance: Theorizing Baakisimba Dance from Uganda.” Sponsored by the Departments of Music, African Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as the Office of the Dean of the College. Free

 

daviddarling
March 6-10, Tuesday-Saturday

Rothrock Residency featuring Cellist David Darling

Described as a “maverick cellist,” David Darling mixes genres including jazz, pop, rock, country, and New Age with intellectual curiosity and playful innovation. A member of the Paul Winter Consort from l970- 1987, Darling’s prolific recording career includes playing music with whales, wolves, and in the depths of the Grand Canyon as well as producing River Notes with nature writer Barry Lopez and Refuge with Terry Tempest Williams. His 2009 CD Prayer for Compassion received a Grammy for best New Age album. David’s numerous collaborations include dance (Pilobolus) and film (Wim Wenders), and reflect his belief in the social and spiritual power of musical expression.This student-initiated 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 Performing Arts Series and Dance Program. Rehearsals and classes will occur throughout the week; check the dance calendar for a full schedule: go/dance. All events are free.

March 6, Tuesday

5:00-6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Artsn Dance Theatre
Music, Meditation, and Yoga with Russell Comstock and David Darling
Co-sponsored with the Yoga Club

Wednesday, March 7

12:30-1:20 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Music, Meditation, and Yoga with Andrea Olsen and David Darling
Co-sponsored with the Yoga Club

4:30-6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Open music jam with students, faculty, and staff
Bring your instrument.

Thursday, March 8

12:30-1:15 PM, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, The Orchard (Room 103)
“Music and the Environment”
Presented as part of the Spring 2012 Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series. David will play and share prerecorded examples of music created with the Paul Winter Consort.

7:30-9:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
David Darling in Concert
Join us for an intimate evening with David. Open seating, and no tickets required, so come early and enjoy!

Friday, March 9

4:30-6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Improvising Together: Music and Dancing

 

 

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March 8, Thursday

The Master of the Saint Ursula Legend in Context

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

An illustrated lecture by Dr. Till-Holger Borchert, curator in chief of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium. The Groeninge Museum maintains in its collection a multi-paneled painting depicting the life of Saint Ursula—a work attributed to the so-called Master of the Saint Ursula Legend. Middlebury recently acquired two wings of an altarpiece attributed to the Master. The many subjects depicted on the panels are a superb example of late-15th-century Flemish painting, a topic of Dr. Borchert’s expertise. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured:Master of the Legend of St. Ursula (Flemish, c. 1475–1500), Right Altar Wing Depicting An Unidentified Monarch and Kneeling Donor, c. 1468–72, oil on panel, 20 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Acquisition Fund, 2011.001 b

 

lagos-koolhaas
March 9, Friday

Lagos/Koolhaas

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

This documentary film follows Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University, Rem Koolhaas, and his students over a two-year period in visits to Lagos, Nigeria, a city predicted to have 24 million residents by 2020. Considering Lagos a case study in an urban environment produced by explosive population growth, with the attendant problems of traffic congestion, water supply, and available electricity, Koolhaas believes that “Lagos is not catching up with us” in the developed world. Rather, he predicts, “we may be catching up with Lagos” in the not too distant future. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

 

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March 9, Friday

Sophie Shao, cello

Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

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

Acclaimed cellist Sophie Shao’s ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles is unparalleled. Joining her on this program is Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, known for her deep musical and emotional commitment to a wide range of repertoire and called “elegant and engaging” by the Wall Street Journal. They perform solo and together, including works by Beethoven, Kirchner, and Franck. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. 

 

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March 10, Saturday

Biutiful

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Biutiful is the story of Uxbal—a single father who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt, and mortality amid the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona—all before his time is up. Nominated for two Academy Awards, including best foreign language film and best actor for Javier Bardem. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

aneveningofsongsandarias
March 10, Saturday
An Evening of Songs and Arias

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

A select group of students from the Department of Music present a variety of songs, duets, and arias, ranging from the baroque era to the present. Free

 

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March 11, Sunday

Shinsai: Theaters for Japan

2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

An afternoon of staged readings presented by Middlebury College’s Theatre Program and Potomac Theatre Project, performed on the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan. Shinsai (pronounced SHEEN-sigh) means "great quake" in Japanese. This nationwide event was initiated by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre. Dozens of theatre organizations across America will perform a menu of ten-minute plays and songs on March 11, 2012. Many major American and Japanese artistshave donated their work for this one-day only event. The Middlebury Shinsai will include works by playwrights Naomi Iisuka, Toshiki Okada, Richard Greenberg, Doug Wright, Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim, and Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori. Among the Middlebury participants are directors Richard Romagnoli, Charles Giardina ’12, Tara Giordano ’02, Cheryl Faraone, and actors Jay Dunn ’00.5, Mari Vial-Golden ’14, Christo Grabowski ’12, Claudio Medeiros ’90, and Hope Romagnoli. Running time: 70-80 minutes. A short reception with the artists will follow the performance. Donations will be accepted at the door, and proceeds will go to the Japan Playwrights Association for distribution to help restore the conditions that surround the Japanese theatre, i.e. theatre buildings, companies, rehearsal spaces, education and audiences.

 

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March 11, Sunday

Diana Fanning, piano

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Pianist Diana Fanning presents a beautiful program of solo piano works by Brahms, Berg, Barber, Haydn, and Debussy. “Diana Fanning captivated her listeners, expressing diverse atmospheres and nuances through the beauty of her colorful playing”—Le Progrès, France. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Tad Merrick

 

kyleabraham
March 15, Thursday

Master Class in Intermediate Dance Technique

9:30-10:45 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

With Kyle Abraham and company members from Abraham.In.Motion. See their public performance on Friday and Saturday. Sponsored the Dance Program. Free

 

kyleabraham
March 15, Thursday

Lecture demonstration: Kyle Abraham and Company Members from Abraham.In.Motion

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

See their public performance on Friday and Saturday. Sponsored the Dance Program. Free

tonibentley
March 15, Thursday

Women Who Write about Dance: A Panel Discussion with Toni Bentley, Deborah Jowitt, and Kathryn Levy

4:30 PM,  Davis Family Library, Harmon Periodical Reading Room

The Abernethy Series presents a panel of writers who have focused their distinguished work on the elusive art of dance. Ranging from poetry to female sensuality to perceptive dance criticism and biography, Kathryn Levy, Toni Bentley, and Deborah Jowitt will share their individual perspectives on dance writing as well as engage their colleagues and audience in compelling discussion. Moderated by Penny Campbell, Dance Program Director, and Andrew Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. Presented by Abernethy Lecture Series and the Dance Program. Free

 

summeringossensass
March 15-17, Thursday-Saturday
The Summer in Gossensass

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

A play by Maria Irene Fornés; senior work of Lucy Van Atta '12 (acting), independent work of Sasha Rivera '12 (directing). A play within a play unfolds in London in 1891. Elizabeth Robins and Marion Lea are two actresses dying to get their hands on a translation of Henrik Ibsen's latest script, Hedda Gabler, so they might be the first in England to produce the play. Fornes took inspiration from the true story of Robins’ production to create this wild comic riff on the passions of theatre people. Tickets: $4; on sale February 27. 

francoisclemmons
March 16, Friday

François Clemmons and Friends: St. Patrick’s Day Concert

8:00 PM, 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. Free

 

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March 16–17, Friday–Saturday

Abraham in Motion: The Radio Show

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

Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham delves into identity and personal history in The Radio Show. Creating an abstract narrative around the loss of communication, he investigates a community’s reaction to the abrupt discontinuation of a radio station and how the lingering effects of Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia impact a family. He mixes a score with recordings of classic soul and hip-hop with contemporary classical compositions by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto. Residency activity information at http://go.middlebury.edu/performing. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. General admission. Tickets: $25/20/6.

 

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March 17, Saturday

Thin Ice (formerly titled The Convincer)

Discussion with Producer Andrew Peterson ’87

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An insurance agent is looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife, and escape the dismal Midwestern weather. His attempt to con a farmer out of a rare violin in order to accomplish these goals sparks a series of unpredictable events. Billy Crudup, Greg Kinnear, and Alan Arkin star in Jill Sprecher’s well-cast romp. Producer Andrew Peterson ’87 presents the film and takes questions after each screening. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

gaohong
March 17, Saturday

Gao Hong and Intersection

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

Chinese musical prodigy Gao Hong is a master of the pipa, a pear shaped lute. With her Asian-fusion classical ensemble, Intersection, Hong explores crossings of various styles—Western art music, traditional Chinese music, contemporary music, jazz, and ragtime. Other members of the group are Nicola Melville, piano; Dave Hagedorn, percussion; and Jun Qian, clarinet. The concert includes new compositions by Peter Hamlin ’73, chair of the Department of Music. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

*Previously announced pre-concert talk will not take place.

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March 18, Sunday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, Conductor

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

This performance features the winner of the Alan and Joyce Beucher Concerto Competition. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Brett Simison



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March 21, Wednesday

Lecture: A New Century of Singing: Silver Swan and Stylistic Spontaneity

4:30 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel*

Presented by Jeff Buettner, from the Department of Music, as part of the Middlebury College Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free
*Please note revised location

Photo Brett Simison

 

 

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March 21, Wednesday

Elias String Quartet

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

The Elias String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of its generation. Classic FM Magazine has lauded Elias as “imaginative,” with “full-blooded playing and impeccable ensemble . . . triumphantly dramatic.” In its Vermont debut, Elias plays works by Purcell, Suk, Janáček (the “Kreutzer Sonata”), and Mendelssohn. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. 

 

michaeljordan
March 22, Thursday

Artist Talk: Michael Jordan

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Join the Studio Art Program for artist talk by German printmaker Michael Jordan. In a three-week residency at Middlebury, he will participate in a drawing marathon with students, working with text and found imagery. He will also meet with Hedya Klein's printmaking class after spring break. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art and The Christian A. Johnson Arts Enrichment Fund.  Free

Artist Website: http://www.ansichten-des-jordan.de/

 

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