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Jay Mead, Art of Sustainability

10:00 AM–6:00 PM, Franklin Environmental Center, back lawn

Join artist Jay Mead in creating community art to commemorate 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury. Stop by and participate at any time in the making of Hot and Cold, a sapling sculpture designed to be a meditation on climate change, and Hope Wheels, a project that will allow the Middlebury community to express what they care about in a rapidly changing world. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, Franklin Environmental Center, and the Director of the Arts. Free

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Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble: Performance Opportunities

The College’s 17-piece big band has a number of exciting performance opportunities for traditional band instruments (trombone, alto sax, piano, bass, drums), as well as string players and vocalists. The year will focus on the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn, who is among the top jazz composers and arrangers of the 20th century. Audition information: forman@middlebury.edu.  While preference will be given to Middlebury students, other community members are welcome to audition.

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Lucky Plush Masterclass

10:00-11:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is a Chicago-based dance theater company led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. LPP is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence—a palpable liveness—shared by performers in real-time with audiences. The company is equally dedicated to creating work that is richly complex and broadly accessible. Critics and audiences alike recognize LPP for its complex choreography, moving content, surprising humor, and incisive commentary on contemporary culture. Since its founding in 1999, LPP has premiered over 30 original works, including ten evening-length productions.  Sponsored by the Dance Program.  Free

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Comics and the Art of Visual Communication

Noon, Dana Auditorium; overflow space: Warner Hemicycle

Author and comics artist Scott McCloud offers a fast-moving visual presentation that shines a light on trends in the once-maligned medium of comics, which is finally coming of age as an artistic and literary form. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund, Christian A. Johnson Visual Arts Residency Program, Director of the Arts, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of Chinese, Department of Film and Media Culture, and the Writing Program. Free


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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 Robison Hall (Concert Hall) for an evening of chamber music by Sophie Shao and Friends, join fellow concertgoers for a delicious, seasonal meal.The menu includes wine, salad, panko-crusted pork cutlets, penne puttanesca, mashed red potatoes, and seasonal vegetables, with coffee, tea, and caramel Granny Smith apple pie for dessert  Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner, seated family style. Buy Tickets: $25; Box Office Info>>



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Sophie Shao and Friends

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

We can think of no better way to open the Performing Arts Series’ 96th season than to invite back our friend, cellist Sophie Shao, whose impromptu, but always note-perfect, chamber ensembles have proved a highlight of many recent seasons. Shao is joined by Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Carmit Zori, violin; and Paul Neubauer, viola. The Times Union reflects, “The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they’re not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends.” Please note updated program: Beethoven's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16 and String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1; and Dvorak's Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65. Reserved Seating. Buy Tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

Concert run time approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes with 1 intermission.

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Photo Christian Steiner

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October 4, Sunday

Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health

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

A dance in seven sections with text and movement by Andrea Olsen, introduced by John Elder. This 40-minute performance project is based on international travels and dancing at seven seaweed sites, including Monterey, California; Brittany, France; Connemara, Ireland; Skagaströnd, Iceland; Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Briny Breezes, Florida; and the Florida Keys. A brief discussion about the relationship between art making and environmental projects follows the presentation. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Dance programs as part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury. Free

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Maree ReMalia: Discussion/Viewings on Gaga Movement Language

1:45-2:35 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Maree ReMalia, the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer at Middlebury, will be a guest teacher in Tzveta Kassabova’s Dance Theory/History Course. She will share videos and lead an open discussion about Gaga, a contemporary movement language. Free and open to the public ages 16+.

Photo Bill Shirley


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October 5–9, Monday–Friday

Black Igloo

McCardell Bicentennial Hall

Shua Group (NY/NJ) and the Dance Company of Middlebury present two interactive installations that visitors can discover on campus: Black Igloo and Poolastic. In Black Igloo, listen to the melting of an ice sculpture. Through drastically different aesthetics and experiences, the installations offer metaphors for our relationship with environment. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Dance programs and Middlebury College Museum of Art as part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury. Free

Photo courtesy Shua Group

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Gaga Class with Maree ReMalia

3:00-4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Maree ReMalia, the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer at Middlebury, will be a guest teacher in Tzveta Kassabova’s Dance Theory/History Course. She facilitate a class in the contemporary movement language Gaga. Free and open to the public ages 16+; no previous experience necessary.



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Jeremy Denk, piano

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

One of America’s most thought-provoking, multifaceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. The New York Times calls him “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination—both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” His program ranges from Bach to Beethoven and Joplin to Ives. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Buy Tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

Concert run time approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with 1 intermission.

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Photo Samantha West

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Public Art and the Environment: Herman de Vries' Wintergräser

12:30–1:20 PM, Franklin Environmental Center, Room 103 (The Orchard)

Middlebury's public art program marks 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership with a work of art by Herman de Vries, the 83 year old Dutch artist who has been making environmental art for as long as Middlebury's Environmental Studies Program has been in existence. For Wintergräser (Winter Grasses), his 2013 work that was recently installed in Franklin Environmental Center, the artist collected grass that had been pressed down by snow and set it into 32 frames. The result is a disarmingly straightforward work of art with a strong poetic quality. De Vries represented the Netherlands at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Presented at the Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series by Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts at Middlebury. Free

Pictured: Herman de Vries (Dutch, born 1931), Wintergräser, 2013. Photo: BORZO Amsterdam

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October 8, Thursday

Poolastic

Battell Lawn, 12:30-8:00 PM

Shua Group (NY/NJ) and the Dance Company of Middlebury present two interactive installations that visitors can discover on campus: Black Igloo and Poolastic. In Poolastic, visitors can jump into a pool of plastic. Through drastically different aesthetics and experiences, the installations offer metaphors for our relationship with environment. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Dance programs and Middlebury College Museum of Art as part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury. Free

Photo courtesy Shua Group



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October 8–9, Thursday–Friday

Garden

6:30 PM Thursday; Noon and 2:00 PM Friday; Outside Mead Memorial Chapel

This large-scale, site-specific installation celebrates the passage of knowledge, experience, and hope from one generation to another. By slowly crisscrossing colorful, oversized ribbons within an expansive environment, the performers alter the color, density, and time signature of space, creating a world in which each movement and architectural detail is illuminated. Developed by Tzveta Kassabova with the Dance Company of Middlebury and guest performers. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Dance programs and Middlebury College Museum of Art as part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury. Free

Photo Scotty Hardwig


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Materiality and Subjectivity in the Woodblock Prints of Die Brücke

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

Daniel Hackbarth, visiting assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate University, gives an illustrated lecture on the woodblock prints of the German Expressionist artist group Die Brücke (1905–1913), focusing on the direct encounter between metal tools, viscous ink, and fibrous wood these images recorded, and highlighting an ongoing construction of the self through an intentionally laborious artistic process. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

Pictured: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Portrait of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1909, woodcut on paper, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches


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October 14, Wednesday

Until the Golden Tides

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

An evening of dance works by visiting assistant professor of dance Scotty Hardwig and Salt Lake City-based dance artist Molly Heller. The concert includes Hardwig’s new trio, Before we mothernaked fall, exploring the poetic processes and expressionist sensibilities of works by Dylan Thomas; Heller’s This is your Paradise, an East Coast premiere confronting struggle, resistance, hope, and faith; and a brand new duet. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Photo Kylie Lloyd

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Building and Recycling Altarpieces in Early Renaissance Florence

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 229

Illustrated lecture by Laurence Kanter, Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art and Chief Curator, Yale University Art Gallery. Patrons in 14th- and 15th-century Italy were acutely value conscious, frequently specifying the quality of materials an artist was expected to use, or the parts of a painting he must execute by himself without recourse to assistants. Frugality often extended to having old paintings restored or recycled by adding new frames or changing a few figures to suit a new context. These changes are sometimes easily recognized by the modern art historian, but at other times, they can be detected only by near microscopic analysis of a painting’s surface. Identifying two different painters at work on an altarpiece, either contemporaneously or occasionally a hundred years apart or more, can have surprising consequences for conventional notions of the history of art. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Pictured: Master of the Lehman Crucifixion (probably Jacopo di Cione), Noli me tangere, c. 1368–70, egg tempera on wood, 22 x 15 inches. National Gallery, London. Gift of Henry Wagner, 1924, NG3894.


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October 15, Thursday

One, Two, Tree: Capitalizing Environmental Benefit in Urban Design

7:00 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Susannah Drake is the principal architect of dlandstudio in Brooklyn, a firm that works on the intersection of architecture, landscape design, and sustainability. She discusses how parks, green roofs, green walls, street trees, and the harnessing of solar, wind, and water power are integral components of new urban infrastructure systems. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund and the Architectural Studies program as part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury. Free

Pictured: dlandstudio, MoMA Rising Currents: A New Urban Ground

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

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

The 20th annual First-Years Show; play by Stephen Adly Guirgis; directed by Tara Giordano ’02.  Set in a time-bending, seriocomically-imagined world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a philosophical meditation on the conflict between divine mercy and human free will that takes a look at the eternal damnation of the Bible's most notorious sinner. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $5. Go to the online box office>>

 




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10 Strings

Dayve Huckett, guitar, and Art DeQuasie, bass

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

Affiliate artist Dayve Huckett is joined by bassist Art DeQuasie for a collaborative concert that blends their different musical backgrounds. Enjoy an eclectic mix of old and new music, played with a distinctly casual vibe. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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Dido and Aeneas

8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, 2:00 PM on Sunday, Town Hall Theater

The Opera Company of Middlebury presents a staged concert production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, with a cast OCM alumni directed by Douglas Anderson. Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey Buettner directs the Middlebury College Choir and conducts the orchestra in this performance. The opera follows the story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and the shipwrecked Trojan prince Aeneas. Pre-performance talks 45 minutes prior to curtain; post-show Q & A. More information and artist bios>> Tickets: $50/45/40; purchase through Town Hall Theater.



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The Wind Rises

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s greatest animators and directors, draws his final feature with magnificence. The film is inspired by the life of Second World War Zero fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi, encompassing the great Kanto earthquake of 1923. “Miyazaki is at the peak of his visual craftsmanship here”––Scott Foundas, Variety. In Japanese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.(Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2013, 126 minutes) Free



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October 17, Saturday

Cocoon

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

Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. This year’s theme is “roots,” in honor of Middlebury’s 50th anniversary celebration of 50 years of Environmental Education and Leadership. This third-annual community-wide event is produced by the creators of the Middlebury Moth-Up in partnership with the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A reception with the storytellers follows. Sponsored by the Committee on the Arts and Ross Commons. This performance may contain adult content and language. Buy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

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VSO Wind Quintet: Halloween Family Concert

2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

This hour-long, kid-friendly program starts out with several spooky selections, including “March of the Marionettes” and an abbreviated version of Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Then Vermont Symphony Orchestra musicians (Anne Janson, flute; Katie Oprea, oboe; Betsy LeBlanc, clarinet; Becky Eldredge, bassoon; and Alan Parshley, French horn) are joined by narrator Peter Hamlin ’73 for a dramatic and amusing piece by Maddy Aldis-Evans called “The Witch and the Winds.” Come in costume—treats provided! Presented with KidsVT. Buy Tickets: $8 adults, $6 kids and seniors, $24 family pass for four (additional family members $6 each). Box Office Info>>

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Containing Wonder: Joseph Cornell and the Legacy of the Curiosity Cabinet

4:30 PM, Franklin Environmental Center, Room 103 (The Orchard)

Kirsten Hoving of the Department of History of Art & Architecture delivers a public talk as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Refreshments will be served. Free

 

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Discovering a Musical Heartland: Wu Man Returns to China

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

Attend a screening of leading Chinese musician Wu Man’s documentary film, in conjunction with her concert the following evening. A question-and-answer session with the artist will follow the screening. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, with support from the Department of Chinese and the Committee on the Arts. Wu Man's visit is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.   Free

                                                                                              
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October 29, Thursday 

An Evening in New and Ancient China
Wu Man and Shanghai Quartet

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

World-renowned pipa player Wu Man and the impeccable Shanghai Quartet meld the sounds of China with Western string quartet in an unforgettable evening of grand music. The program includes a suite of traditional Chinese folk songs, solo pipa works, Beethoven’s Op. 95 “Quartetto Serioso,” and a new multimedia work by eminent Chinese composer Zhao Jiping and his son, Zhao Lin, including some of Jiping’s most famous cinematic scores, Raise the Red Lantern, To Live, and Farewell My Concubine. Pre-concert lecture, Stories of the Cultural Revolution, by faculty from the Greenberg-Starr Department of Chinese Language and Literature, at 6:30 PM in Room 125. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, with support from the Department of Chinese and the Committee on the Arts. Reserved Seating. Buy Tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

Concert run time approximately 85 minutes with 1 intermission.

Upper Photo Stephen Kahn

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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: Katrina Moore ’17, sculpture, 2014, steel, plaster, galkyd, and acrylic


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Off the Wall: Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele

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

Janis Staggs, associate director of curatorial and publications at New York’s Neue Galerie, discusses the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in the context of the nude female body and its visualization in the period leading up to and following the First World War. 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 Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Pictured: Gustav Klimt, Nuda Veritas, 1899, oil on canvas, 99 1/4 x 22 1/8 inches. Collection of Österreichisches Theatermuseum, Vienna.

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Sickness and Healing in Song

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

In his senior voice recital, Jack DesBois ’15 explores the ways in which illness and health--essentials of the human condition--have shaped the classical, folk, and musical theatre song traditions. DesBois shares skilled and thoughtful interpretations of works by Britten, Schubert, Sting, and others, in collaboration with pianist Cynthia Huard and a talented group of student musicians. Highlights of the program include songs from DesBois’ work-in-progress new musical, Invalid, about a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with the reality of her father’s chronic illness. This program is a heartfelt and uplifting meditation on the relationship between illness and art. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


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Two Days, One Night

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this Dardennes brothers film starring Marion Cotillard, young Belgian mother Sandra learns that her coworkers have voted against her medical leave, in favor of preserving their own bonuses. She has only one weekend to change their minds. “Cotillard gets so persuasively inside Sandra’s skin that it’s not at all surprising that this performance has earned her another Oscar nomination”--Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French and the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France/Italy, 95 minutes, 2014) Free

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The Dick Forman Jazz Group: A Jazz Conversation

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

An evening of sparkling, sophisticated, mainstream jazz, enhanced by a chance to look behind the curtain and see how jazz is created.  The DFJG’s ballads, blues, bebop and swing are sure to set toes tapping.  Long a favorite of Vermont audiences, the Jazz Group features Forman on piano, with some of New England’s finest musicians:  Paul Asbell, guitar; Michael Zsoldos, sax; Jim Daggs, bass; and Geza Carr, drums.  Forman is the Music Department’s Director of Jazz Activities and an Affiliate Artist.  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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