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January 4, Monday

Mahaney Center Box Office Opens

8:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Tickets for the remainder of the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series season and other events go on sale today.   Learn more about PASS>>  Go to the online box office>> Box Office Info>>

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January 11, Monday

McCullough Box Office Opens

6:00 AM, McCullough Student Center

Tickets for the remainder of the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series season and other events go on sale today.   Learn more about PASS>>  Go to the online box office>> Box Office Info>>

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Houses for a Wall

Johnson Memorial Building

An exhibition of student work from Jim Butler’s fall class Sculptural Architecture includes intricate houses made from balsa, hardwoods, foam-core, and fused glass. Each is built to fit an actual site on campus by combining practical approaches of architectural thinking with flights of imagination. The sculptures are accompanied by artful color photographs that show them installed on campus. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Annie Bartholomew ’17, Carnival Door, foam core, spray paint, markers



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Ars devotionis: Reinventing the Icon in Early Netherlandish Painting

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Lower Lobby

Till-Holger Borchert, director of the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium, examines the veneration of images imported from Byzantium into the Low Countries, tracing the Byzantine roots of popular images in Early Netherlandish painting and manuscript illumination, and the adaptation of Eastern icons by Northern Renaissance painters such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Director of the Arts, and Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Pictured: Archangel Michael from the Rothschild Prayerbook (Bruges or Ghent, Flanders, c. 1505–1510) Photo: Christie’s

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Jenn Karson, Sound Artist

7:00 PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 219

Jenn Karson, a native Vermonter, shares her experiences as a sound artist, alternative pop singer, and founder of Vermont Makers. Karson’s recent collaboration with the Fleming Museum in Burlington resulted in a unique installation in which she recreated the ambient sounds of Picasso’s studio and the streets of Montmarte during the time he painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. She creates both indoor and outdoor installations for urban and rural places and exhibits in both galleries and nontraditional places of display. Sponsored by the Cameron Visiting Artist Fund and the Program in Studio Art. Free

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In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic

12:15 PM,  Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Dance/theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability by Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield.  In this one-hour piece, Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read, which did not occur until her early 20s. Mixing vignettes woven in a creative and captivating format, the show and companion workshops are a platform to engage a wide variety of populations to experience disability, access, and the value of the arts. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free


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Pre-concert Lecture for PASS Members

6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) are invited to a talk by Professor of Music Greg Vitercik about the works to be performed by the Heath Quartet. Enjoy a backstage peek into the pre-concert experience. A members-only event; membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass



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January 14, Thursday

Heath Quartet

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

After hearing this U.K.-based quartet’s stunning U.S. debut here in April 2014, and seeing their exemplary work with Middlebury students, Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll invited this extraordinary ensemble to spend winter term 2016 as the series’ first-ever quartet in residence. They will teach, perform the entire Bartók cycle over two concerts, and offer a third, mixed-repertoire recital. In this first recital, the Heath plays Béla Bartók’s String Quartets 1, 3, and 5. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman, Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Approximate run time 90 minutes with 1 intermission.

See associated concerts January 21 and February 4. Free; no tickets required

Photo Sussie Ahlburg

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The Club

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Four priests live together in a secluded house in a small seaside town under the watchful eye of a female caretaker. The fragile stability of their strict routine is disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man—a newly-disgraced companion—who brings with him the secrets they thought were deeply buried. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in association with The Vermont International Film Foundation. Directed by Pablo Larrain. (Chile, 98 minutes, 2015) Free

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MLK Today: A Call for Justice, in Speech, Song and Dance

8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

This year’s program will feature the return of guest conductor Keith McCutchen. Director of the Hayes School of Music Gospel Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Mr. McCutchen will conduct a community choir of students and townspeople and lead a jazz combo. Members of Oratory Now will deliver speeches on Chicago, today and 50 years ago, featuring King’s 1966 Soldier Field address. With movement by Christal Brown. Sponsored by the Department of Music and Oratory Now. Free

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Catherine D’Ignazio

5:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Researcher, artist, and software developer Catherine D’Ignazio is a Fellow at the Emerson Engagement Lab and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media. In this public talk she illustrates how she uses art and technology for civic engagement. D’Ignazio has explored issues that range from geographic bias in the news media to water quality to transgender rights. Sponsored by the Cameron Visiting Artist Fund and the Program in Studio Art. Free



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Heath Quartet

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

Just two years ago, the Heath Quartet became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. In this second recital as Middlebury’s winter term quartet in residence, the Heath plays Béla Bartók’s String Quartets 2, 4, and 6. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman, Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Approximate run time 95 minutes with 1 intermission.

See associated concerts January 14 and February 4. Free; no tickets required

Read the press release>>

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New Compositions for String Quartet

Performed by the Heath Quartet

12:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall (Concert Hall)

The Heath Quartet—the Performing Arts Series first quartet in residence—will perform a special matinee concert of original works composed by students in Professor Su Lian Tan’s MUSC309 class. Composers include Henry Pearson ’17, Sam Kudman ’17, York Kitajima ’15, Tevan Goldberg ’18, and Scott Waller ’17.5.  Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Department of Music, and Rothrock Residency Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts. Free

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The Look of Silence

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This 2014 film is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in association with The Vermont International Film Foundation. (Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/Norway/UK/Israel/France/USA/Germany/Netherlands, 103 minutes) Free

 



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Learning from the Environment

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Architects Andrea Murray and Ashar Nelson ’90 formed Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C. in 2011, sharing a vision to design delightful spaces that benefit communities and their respective environments. As faculty members, they have led two teams of Middlebury students to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon (2011 and 2013). Both grew up in Vermont and are sensitive to the beauty, variability, and vulnerability of our precious natural and built landscapes. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C., Writer’s Studio, Cornwall, Vemont



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Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Johnson Memorial Building

Graduating seniors from the Class of 2015.5 exhibit works in various media in this culminating exhibition, which showcases the work of advanced students completing semester-long, independent projects. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Sally Caruso ’15.5, 8 minutes 17 seconds, 2015, oil on panel and mixed media

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January 27, Wednesday

Middlebury College Orchestra

*5:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall (Concert Hall)

The Middlebury College Department of Music presents the Middlebury Orchestra in a Winter Term concert. Director Andrew Massey conducts student musicians performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Free

Photo Miranda de Beer ‘19

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Hilary Berseth, Artist

5:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Artist Hilary Berseth discusses his unique use of processes of nature to seed, grow, and shape forms that balance between the artificial and the natural. Berseth’s exploration of natural mechanisms is revealed in his Programmed Hives series, in which his geometric sculptures are co-created by bees. Berseth has exhibited nationally and internationally and shows with 11R in NYC. He lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Cameron Visiting Artist Fund and the Program in Studio Art. Free

 

Pictured: Programmed Hive 8, 2008, beeswax on wood board

January 28-February 1, Thursday-Monday

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8:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Monday; 2:00 PM on Sunday (please note no performance on Saturday); Town Hall Theater

CHICAGO, the musical tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, is now its 17th year on Broadway, making it the longest revival in Broadway history.   The winner of 6 Tony Awards, it serves up one show-stopping song after another—the work of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb.  This Winter Term production at Town Hall Theater stars Middlebury College students under the direction of Douglas Anderson with musical direction by Carol Christensen.  Bear Irwin conducts the student orchestra. A co-production of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. Tickets: $16/10/6; on sale January 11.



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Winter Term Studio Art Exhibition

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine and Gallery Space 308

Students from winter term classes exhibit their works, including photography, drawing, and painting. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Benjamin Catt ’18, still life, 2014, charcoal and conté



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Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

The nearly 200 works in this exhibit showcase the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan, and convey the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan leading up to World War II. In addition to the modernism that signaled simultaneously Japan’s unique history and its cosmopolitanism, the exhibit also highlights the theme of the modern girl, the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style in the 1920s and 1930s.

This exhibition is drawn from the Levenson Collection—the world’s premier private collection of Japanese art in the Deco and Modern style—and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Support has been provided by the Chisholm Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. At Middlebury it is supported by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Friends of the Art Museum.

Pictured: Gyōbu Kiyoshi (act. 1930s), Vase with Thunder Pattern Design (Raimon kabin), c. 1930s, porcelain, 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches.

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The Assassin

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien wowed this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring The Assassin, his first film in eight years. In ninth-century China, an exiled assassin must choose between love or duty when she receives orders to kill a man from her past. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in association with The Vermont International Film Foundation. (Taiwan, 104 minutes, 2015) Free

 

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Towards a Participatory Urban Commons in Latin(@) America

Various Times, Carr Hall

A student-led conference on planning, design, and urbanism. More information at go/urbancommons. Sponsored by MCAB Speakers Committee, Architecture Table, Department of History of Art and ArchitectureEnvironmental StudiesSociology/Anthropology, Juntos Student-Worker Solidarity Network, Alianza, Spanish/Portuguese, the Jones Enrichment Fund in Economics, GeographyEnglish and American Literatures, Ross and Cook Commons. Free

Pictured: Rolf-Finn Hestoft/CORBIS for the cover of Barrio Urbanism by David R. Díaz


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Dance Company of Middlebury: From Somewhere

8:00 PM Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

From Somewhere culminates the two-semester creative process of the Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM,) guided by artistic director Tzveta Kassabova in collaboration with Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocchi of Shua Group. The program includes the award winning piece The Opposite of Killing as well as Motorless Park, a work that draws on images, sound, and energy derived from DCM’s residency in Detroit, Michigan, offering a simultaneously beautiful and haunting portrait of human geography. After the premiere in Middlebury, the work will tour to Dance Place in Washington D.C.  Sponsored by the Dance Program. Buy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale January 11. Box Office Info>>

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