December 4, 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 Assistant Professor Christal Brown. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Pictured: Christal Brown


December 4, Wednesday

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.  It’s a celebration of the music that’s been called "America’s National Treasure."  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Brett Simison


December 5, Thursday

Informal Showing: The Dance Company of Middlebury

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

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) will show and discuss the progress they’ve made in constructing a repertory of diverse and dynamic new works for performance during Winter Carnival. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon


December 5–6, Thursday–Friday

Senior Thesis Concert: "Figures of Speech"

Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 and Amy Donahue ’13.5

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

Two seniors seek to transform the Dance Theatre as they present a concert of original work inspired by their interests in contemporary dance, gender dynamics, contemplative practices, and multimedia expression. Both dancers push the limits of their physicality and artistry, promising an evening of thought-provoking and exciting work. Sponsored by the Dance Program. (approx. 1 hour) Tickets: $12/10/6. 

Pictured: Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 and Amy Donahue ’13.5, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

December 5-7, Thursday-Saturday

Harm’s Way

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

Play by Mac Wellman, senior directing work of Matt Ball ’14. Set in the chaos of a shattered America, this play follows the journey of a man named Santouche who, after committing a murder, must avoid harm at all costs. He makes plans to meet his lover, but along the way they both encounter a bizarre mix of con artists, pimps, and a man who claims to be William McKinley. Filled with distinctly American strangeness and charm, Harm's Way is a sometimes brutal and dark comedy that confronts the loss of control and order in one’s world. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4.


December 6, Friday

Original Compositions

4:30 PM, Chateau Grand Salon

A program of original compositions written and performed by students in MUSC0209. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


December 6, Friday

Dinner and Conversation with Friends

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

The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of guitar music by Xuefei Yang, join fellow concertgoers for dinner and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. The menu includes maple-glazed apple smoked ham, sweet potatoes, an assortment of pies, and more. Tickets: $25.


December 6, Friday

Xuefei Yang, guitar

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

China’s most accomplished and in-demand classical guitarist, Xuefei Yang, has performed in over 40 countries throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, and North America, including twice at Middlebury. Gramophone observes, “The color and fluency of her playing is a delight throughout. The guitar world has a new star.” Her program includes transcriptions of works by Scarlatti, Schubert, and Britten; the evocative Ginastera guitar sonata; and the New England premiere of a work by Chen Yi, composed especially for Yang. Sponsored by the  Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.


Photo Neil Muir

December 6, Friday

Dance Night

9:00 to 11:00 PM, McCullough Social Space

Join the Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble and the Middlebury Swing Dance Club for a night of dancing with beginners dance lessons at 8:30 PM.  Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free

Photo Brett Simison

December 7, Saturday

Upstream Color

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This second feature from director Shane Carruth (Primer) is an experimental, romantic, science-fiction mystery-thriller. Protagonist Kris’s life is brought into utter confusion after a small-time thief drugs her. Soon she realizes that her life is not nearly what she thinks it to be. This at-times graphic study of biology and the circle of life is “the type of art that inspires curiosity and obsession, like some beautiful object whose meaning remains tantalizingly out of reach”—Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Shane Carruth, US, 2013, 96 minutes) Free


December 7, Saturday

Vocal Recital

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

Students of Affiliate Artists Carol Christensen, Susanne Peck, and Beth Thompson cap off a semester of vocal study with an evening of songs and arias. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Brett Simison

December 8, Sunday

Midd Winds Winter Concert

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

Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free



December 8, Sunday

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas

4:00 and 7:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Modeled after the long-standing European tradition, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols for choir, organ, and congregation. Each service is preceded by performances on the chapel carillon. Laurel Jordan, chaplain; Middlebury College Chapel Choir, Jeffrey Buettner, director; Emory Fanning, organ. Sponsored by the Department of Music. (Approx. 90 min.) Free

Photo Trent Campbell


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