October 2012

October 1, Monday

Screening and Discussion of Lotus Lives with Su Lian Tan and Tim Bartlett ‘98

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Watch a film screening of the original chamber opera, performed here at Middlebury in fall 2011. The composer and video set designer give an informal talk together about creating and composing Lotus Lives. From the initial inspiration to the rendering of ideas in musical and visual form, they elucidate the process, including the important communication between them. Following this presentation, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of the artists. Introduced by Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts. Free

October 2, Tuesday

Takács String Quartet

Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello

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

Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. While in Middlebury, this audience-favorite ensemble performs Schubert’s Rosamunde quartet, Britten’s Quartet no. 2 in C Major, and Dvořák’s “American” quartet. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and an anonymous Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) member, in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6*
*Special Quartet Package offer: Purchase tickets to both the Emerson (September 29) and Takács string quartet concerts at $20/15/5 each.  Go to the Box Office>>

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Photo Ellen Appel



October 3, Wednesday

History in the Making: Building the Hallmark Photographic Collection

4:30 pm, Twilight Auditorium

Keith F. Davis, senior curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, discusses the formation of the Hallmark Corporation Collection of Photography, now a part of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Committee on the Arts, in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums. Free

Pictured: Platt D. Babbitt (American, 1882–1879), Group at Niagara Falls, c. 1853, whole-plate daguerreotype, image: 5 x 7 inches. Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.249. © Nelson Gallery Foundation. Photo Thomas Palmer



October 4, Thursday

Body-Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination

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

Karl Whittington ’04, assistant professor of art history at Ohio State University, is a specialist in the art of the Middle Ages. His research explores the intersection of science, sex, and spirituality in medieval maps, drawings, and diagrams. Presented as part of the “Matter and Memory: Topics in Art History” lecture series. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Office of the Provost. Free



October 5 & 7, Friday & Sunday

Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Presented by the Opera Company of Middlebury

Friday at 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM, Town Hall Theater

An elegant, semi-staged, concert version, directed by Douglas Anderson.  Maestro Emmanuel Plasson conducts the OCM orchestra.  Starring Mihoko Kinoshita, who has sung Cio Cio San all over the world, most recently at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Vancouver Opera.  Also featuring Daniel Snyder, Ricardo Rivera and Hyo Na Kim. With the Middlebury College Choir, under the direction of Jeff Buettner.  Two performances only; reserved seating. Tickets: $40 hall/$45 balcony; on sale at www.townhalltheater.org



October 6, Saturday

Take Shelter

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Jeff Nichols’s second film revolves around a man, haunted by apocalyptic visions, who resolves to build an elaborate storm shelter—a decision that threatens the fabric of his family and his sanity. Roger Ebert lauded this work as “a frightening thriller based not on special effects gimmicks but on a dread that seems quietly spreading. . . . This is masterful filmmaking.” U.S. film; sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free



October 8, Monday

duo runedako

Piano Plus Electronics: Tradition Meets Technology

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

Duo runedako is dedicated to exploring and expanding the repertoire for multiple keyboard instruments. Pianists Ruth Neville and Daniel Koppelman present a wide spectrum of concert music, from traditional literature for two pianos and piano four-hands to interactive works for electronics and computer. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary music and pulling from classical, jazz, and electroacoustic traditions, duo runedako often blurs the lines between musical styles, widening audience appreciation for art music of the 21st century. “Engaging, intelligent and unpretentious”—Keyboard Magazine. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


October 9, Tuesday

Handmade Multiculturalism: Remixing Mass Media

7:30 PM, Sunderland 110

Lecture and multimedia presentation by Francesca Coppa, professor of English and the founding director of film studies at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Coppa is also a founding member of the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit group that advocates for fan works and fan culture. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free

October 10, Wednesday

False Friends: Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art

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

Talk by Elizabeth Marlowe, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University. In the history of Roman art, there are about a dozen free-standing sculptures that turn up again and again in survey textbooks and scholarly studies. These famous, canonical works -- such as the Capitoline Wolf, the Barberini Togatus and the Fonseca bust -- have, for over a century, served as the baseline against which other works are assessed, and through which much of the history of Roman art has been constructed. This talk critically examines this historiography, and the implications of the fact that we rely upon connoisseurship to fill in the gaps left by these works' missing archaeological provenance. Presented as part of the “Matter and Memory: Topics in Art History” lecture series. Sponsored by the Departments of History of Art and Architecture and Classics, and the Office of the Provost. Free



October 10, Wednesday (through October 18)

Line in Space: Just a Corner of Your Memory Palace

Johnson Memorial Building

Students from Sanford Mirling’s fall class Sculpture I—Communicating in Three Dimensions exhibit works that focus on the limitless, form-making possibilities of welded steel rod. While tackling elemental aesthetic issues of balance, volume, perspective, and scale, each sculpture provides a glimpse into the artist’s own personal narrative. As a collection, these pieces represent earnest experiments in translating two dimensions into three and memories into new realities. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Dylan Redford '14, I keep losing my favorite things


October 18, Thursday

A Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Hollywood Cinema

4:30 pm, Axinn Center, Room 232

Lecture by Patrick Keating, assistant professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Keating is the author of the award-winning book Hollywood Lighting: From the Silent Era to Film Noir. He received his PhD in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free


October 18, Thursday

Cameron Visiting Architect Lecture: Jorge Silvetti

7:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Jorge Silvetti’s Boston firm Machado and Silvetti Associates has received 10 Progressive Architecture Awards. It has also received the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 20 years of “boldly conceived and brilliantly executed urban projects.” Silvetti serves as a juror for the Pritzker Architectural Prize and teaches at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture  and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

Pictured: Provincetown Art Center, Machado and Silvetti Associates


October 18-20, Thursday-Saturday*

Best of New York: An Evening of Scenes

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

The annual First Years Show, sponsored by the Theatre Program. See some of the greatest characters New York theatre has served up in the last 5 years! Directed by Lisa Velten Smith. Tickets: $4; on sale October 1.
*Please note revised dates.



October 20, Saturday

A Screaming Man

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In civil-strife-ridden Chad, former swimming star Adam works at a posh hotel as a pool attendant. When Adam loses his job to his son, the father’s loss of status sparks a bitter division between the two men. Winner of the 2010 Cannes Jury Prize, Mahamat-Salet Haroun’s examination of cloaked hostility catapulted Chad’s budding cinema to international prominence. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series and the African Studies Program. Free



October 21, Sunday

A Symphony of Whales
Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

In this family concert, the VSO presents a musical narration of Steve Schuch’s book A Symphony of Whales, inspired by the true story about whales stranded in the Siberian Sea and the heroic efforts to free them. Music plays a key role in the rescue, and the concert audience becomes part of the recovery! In addition, quartet members Sofia Hirsch, David Gusakov, Hilary Hatch, and Dieuwke Davydov play special spooky Halloween selections. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 seniors and children; $16 families (up to 5 people).  Go to the Box Office>>



October 23, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: U.S. Drag

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre


Join Director Alex Draper '88, the cast and crew of U.S. Drag, and Professors Matthew Kimble and Jennifer Sellers from the Psychology Department as they discuss their examination of the strains of collective hysteria that run through Gina Gianfriddo’s raucous riff on Post Millennial NYC. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID cardholders; community donations welcomed.



October 24, Wednesday

Censorship 2.0: Museums in the Participatory Age

4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel ’22 Professor of Art History and director of the Museum Studies Program at Connecticut College, offers the fourth in a series of talks about issues in the museum world. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and Committee on the Arts, in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums. Free

October 24, Wednesday

Pearl Primus: Life, Work, and Legacy

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

The Abernethy Lecture Series presents Peggy and Murray Schwartz, co-authors of The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus, published in 2011 by Yale University Press. The Schwartzes share the depth of their research and affection for this singular trailblazer in U.S. and African American culture. Primus stunned both audience and critics at her New York solo debut in 1943. She was a dancer who broke all the rules, defying the boundaries of both expectation and gravity. Named an honorary man in order to be taught a dance performed only by Watusi men, Primus comes alive in this introduction to the underappreciated icon. Never before available photographs and video footage will illustrate the lecture. Presented by the Abernethy Lecture Series and the Dance Program, among others.


October 25, Thursday

Pearl Primus: Life, Work, and Legacy

11:00 AM-12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 126

Join the Modern Dance History class for further insight into
the life, work, and ongoing impact of the extraordinary Pearl






October 25–27, Thursday–Saturday

U.S. Drag

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

Playwright Gina Gianfriddo serves up the story of two vapid but stylish young women who move to Manhattan seeking love and happiness, but they’ll settle for rent money. Sure, they’ll use their limited wiles to schmooze free drinks and cuddle their way toward monthly rent checks, but they’re determined to receive an unwarranted life of stardom. A biting coming-of-age comedy that captures “the viciousness of a certain kind of New York dream”—New York Times. Directed by Alex Draper ’88. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $12/10/6, on sale October 8.  Go to the Box Office>>

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October 25-27, Thursday-Saturday

Greater Tuna

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

Play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard; senior theatre work of Nathaniel Rothrock '13 (acting); intermediate Independent work of Teddy Anderson '14 (directing). What do a mother of three dealing with a dog addiction, a gun-slinging housewife, and a jumpy animal shelter manager have in common? They all listen to the same radio station. Two actors make the town of Tuna, Texas come to life in this hilarious, fast-paced play. You’ll see close-mindedness in a whole new light! Tickets: $4; on sale October 8. Go to the Box Office>>


October 26, Friday

Dinner and Conversation with Friends

6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of piano music by Paul Lewis, or into the Seeler for a performance of U.S. Drag, please join us for dinner and a Creative Conversation about the arts in our community. Creative Conversations, sponsored by Americans for the Arts, are local gatherings in communities across the country--part of a grassroots movement to elevate the profile of arts in America during National Arts & Humanities Month every October. SOLD OUT!


October 26, Friday

Paul Lewis, piano

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

Paul Lewis began his Schubert project in 2011, performing all of Schubert’s mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. Middlebury was thrilled to be among fewer than 15 venues worldwide to present the entire cycle. This fifth and final concert features a tremendous program: Schubert’s opuses 958, 959, and 960. Gramophone magazine has hailed Lewis as “arguably the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation.” Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the Box Office>>

See pre-performance dinner listing above.

Read the press release>>

Photo Jack Liebeck



October 26, Friday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

9:00-11:00 PM, 51 Main

The SIJE brings its high-energy jazz back to 51 Main.  Last spring, the band played to a full house that didn’t want the performance to end. The evening is sure to keep fingers snapping and toes tapping; there might even be dancing in the aisles! Free

Photo Brett Simison



October 27, Saturday

Oxhide II

Screening and discussion with director/writer Liu Jiayin

5:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Shot in real time, this Chinese film follows a family of three as they eat a dinner of dumplings and discuss everyday problems. Beneath this simple premise, Oxhide II “rides high on process, on the pleasure one takes in seeing things assembled, made, slowly come to together”—Notebook. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition China Modern: Designing 20th-Century Popular Culture. Sponsored by the Department of Chinese, East Asian Studies Program, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Committee on the Arts, and Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free


October 27, Saturday

Dayve Huckett, guitar

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

Enjoy an eclectic evening of original music and unique covers performed by affiliate artist Dayve Huckett in his sixth concert  at Middlebury. He is joined on stage by guests Peter Hamlin '73, Chair of the Department of Music, and singer/songwriter Laura Heaberlin '12.5. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Orah Moore


October 28, Sunday

Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Mary Rowell performs Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto plus Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3. Tickets available at the door; special $5 rate for Middlebury College students. 




October 30, Tuesday

American Political Cartoons: Their Impact on Political and Social Events and on the Spread of Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes

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

Lecture by Dr. Donald Dewey, who is the author of twenty-five books, including The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons, as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles published throughout the world. Presented by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the new exhibition Oliphant: Editorial Cartoons and the American Presidency, 1968–2007. Free

*This event has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy and related travel issues for the speaker.

Image: Joseph Keppler, Bosses of the Senate, 1889. The Granger Collection, New York


October 30, Tuesday (through December 9)

Oliphant: Editorial Cartoons and the American Presidency, 1968–2012

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

As a prelude to the upcoming presidential election, the museum shows publicly for the first time a group of historic political cartoons by the syndicated artist Patrick Bruce “Pat” Oliphant, a 1967 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Oliphant has been called “probably the most influential cartoonist now working” by the New York Times. The 20 political cartoons -- including five recent cartoons about President Obama and five about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- and one sculpture that comprise the exhibit were created over a span of 40 years, representing each of the presidencies from Lyndon B. Johnson to Barack Obama. Free

Pictured: Patrick Bruce Oliphant (American, born Australia, 1935), Georgius Rex, 2006, pen and ink on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Acquisition Fund, 2010.009


October 30, Tuesday (through November 7)

Pinhole Photography

Johnson Memorial Building

John Huddleston’s ART 327 class presents an exhibition of black and white pinhole photography. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Elma Burnham ’13, pinhole photograph, 4 x 4 1/2 inches



October 30, Tuesday

Auditions for Spring 2013 Faculty Productions

6:30-9:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

For Middlebury College students: audition for roles in Undressing Cinderella: the Inaugural New Play Festival, directed by Andrew Smith '97.5, and The Castle, a play by Howard Barker, directed by Richard Romagnoli. See audition details at the theatre website.


October 31, Wednesday*

A New Play Reading: The Igloo Settlement, by Daniel Sauermilch

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

Who are the real Americans? A semi-finalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Foundation Playwriting Grant, The Igloo Settlement investigates this question as it follows a New York City couple who are just settling into their Pennsylvania getaway when a holiday blizzard strikes. The weather starts to seem benign, though, compared to their local cleaning lady, who suddenly claims that the property rightfully belongs to her and her Bucks County kin. From there, the battle for ownership quickly devolves into class warfare leaving no one unscathed, and making for a very un-merry Christmas. Inspired by the worldwide Occupy movement, The Igloo Settlement was recently developed at the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, where it was the only work written by an undergraduate. In 2011, Daniel’s play The Rwandans' Visit won the John Cauble Short Play Award, was presented at the PTP/NYC Reading Series, and was produced at SUNY Potsdam. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

*please note revised date



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