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Dance Company of Middlebury Premieres “Simply Light”

January 4, 2013

DCM celebrates its 30th anniversary with a premiere performance January 25 and 26, featuring dance artists from the past, present, and future. Then the company heads out to Smith College, San Francisco, and the Monterey Institute for International Studies for a week-long tour.

Rising Star Pianist Shai Wosner Performs in Middlebury February 13

January 25, 2013

Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. After wowing Middlebury audiences in an ensemble concert with cellist Sophie Shao in 2010, he returns to perform a solo program of Schubert, Widmann, Debussy, and Beethoven (the Wadtsein sonata).

Acclaimed Organist Nathan Laube Returns to Middlebury March 21

March 2, 2013

Considering Johann Sebastian Bach’s reputation as both an organist and an organ composer, it seems only fitting to host an organ recital on his birthday. Musician Nathan Laube will bring this organ music to life in a concert of Bach, Widor, Mendelssohn and more on Thursday, March 21 at Middlebury College’s Mead Memorial Chapel. The artist will also offer a 6:45 P.M. pre-concert lecture prior to the 7:30 P.M. performance.

Saxophonist Zitong (Bruce) Jia ’16 Wins 2013 Beucher Concerto Competition

March 4, 2013

The Middlebury College Department of Music is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Beucher Concerto Competition: Zitong (Bruce) Jia ’16. Jia earned the honors by performing Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud on the saxophone. Jia will now go on to perform as soloist with the Middlebury College Orchestra in a public concert on March 15 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Cellist Sophie Shao Returns to Middlebury April 6 with an All-Star Piano Quartet

March 18, 2013

Award-winning cellist Sophie Shao, a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, will return on Saturday, April 6 to perform a program of Beethoven’s String Trio in D Major, Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor, and Brahms’ epic Piano Quartet in A Major. Her quartet will include violinist Frank Huang, violist Roger Tapping, and pianist Pei-Yao Wang.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents “Undressing Cinderella” April 10-13

March 22, 2013

Director and alumnus Andrew Smith sorted through 101 scripts to create the inaugural Middlebury New Play Festival. Playwrights around the country were asked to turn the classic fairy tale inside out, using any character other than Cinderella as the main focus. Fourteen of the best submissions will make up two dynamic evenings of theatre, presented in alternation, April 10-13 at Wright.

Three Senior Dance Majors to Share Final Concert April 19–20

April 1, 2013

Middlebury College seniors Davis Anderson, Jessica Lee, and Hannah Pierce will combine their diverse Interests and choreography in a joint concert April 19 and 20. Driven by dramatically different visions and processes, their movement research raises important questions about the complex intersections of body politics and identity, the impact of changing environments on human movement, and the art of performance.

Rising Star Pianist Rafal Blechacz Makes Vermont Debut April 23

April 2, 2013

Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz won all five first prizes at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, so dominating the contest that the judges declined to award a runner-up. That victory in 2005 opened the doors of the world's most prestigious concert halls for this amazing young artist. His concert program at Middlebury will include Bach’s Partita no. 3, Beethoven’s op. 10/3, Szymanowski’s first sonata, and two polonaises and a scherzo by Chopin.

Third Annual Middlebury Bach Festival Takes Place April 26-28

April 9, 2013

Guest conductor Martin Pearlman, conductor of Boston Baroque, joins Middlebury students, affiliate artists, faculty, and professional musicians from Vermont and greater New England for this popular festival celebrating the music and influence of Johann Sebastian Bach. Three days of musical events will bring the College and town of Middlebury together, modeled after the way the famous organist/composer worked in Leipzig over 275 years ago.

Rajeev Taranath and Anindo Chatterjee Bring Indian Classical Music to Middlebury May 6

April 15, 2013

Internationally-acclaimed sarod player Rajeev Taranath will bring the mesmerizing sounds of Indian classical music to the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series in a free concert on Monday, May 6. He will be accompanied by one of India’s most revered tabla players, Anindo Chatterjee. This educational recital is free and open to the public.

Middlebury College Music Department Hosts Year-End Series of Free Concerts

April 15, 2013

Students in five faculty-directed music ensembles will present a delightful series of performances between April 30 and May 12. These diverse concerts, including African music, jazz, Negro spirituals, musical theatre, and choral music, reflect the wide variety of interests among the College’s faculty, staff, and students. These are only a portion of the dizzying schedule of free, public concerts offered by the music department as the school year winds down.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents Provocative Drama “The Castle” May 2–4

April 23, 2013

Director Richard Romagnoli may be North America’s foremost authority on contemporary British playwright Howard Barker’s controversial work. Set in the 13th century, “The Castle” follows a group of Crusaders who return home to find their world utterly changed. This epic work is filled with dark humor, bawdiness, and violence, and is for mature audiences only.

François Clemmons Sings A Joyous Farewell

April 26, 2013

Beloved Middlebury College tenor François Clemmons will give a special performance filled with songs, stories, and surprises on Friday, May 10 at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The program will include a selection of American Negro Spirituals, popular showtunes, and other musical treats, interspersed with personal anecdotes and audience participation. Clemmons, who has performed and taught at Middlebury since 1997, plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Middlebury College's 28th Annual Carillon Series Begins July 5

June 14, 2013

The beautiful sounds of ringing bells will fill the air again this summer, as the 28th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 5:00 P.M. in and around Mead Memorial Chapel. Each year, musicians from around the world come to Middlebury to perform in the Chapel’s soaring tower high above the College campus. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.

Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts Announces 2013–2014 Arts Season

August 28, 2013

The upcoming arts season is filled with hundreds of extraordinary films, exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, plays, and more. The season’s offerings, though remarkably diverse, demonstrate particular strengths in contemporary art, international work, and the finest chamber music the world has to offer. Student and faculty artists will show their exciting visual and performing arts work alongside a parade of accomplished guest artists.

“Word Becomes Flesh” Brings Urban Hip-Hop Theater to Middlebury Sept. 20 and 21

September 6, 2013

The Performing Arts Series kicks off the 2013–2014 season with the hip-hop theater work Word Becomes Flesh, presented by San Francisco-based company the Living Word Project. Created by groundbreaking American artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and performed by an exceptionally talented cast of emerging poet-performers, Word Becomes Flesh fuses tender stories, playful wit—and at times, purposeful rage—to give voice to the complexities and contradictions surrounding race, gender, and parenthood in America. Two public performances on September 20 and 21 will cap off a week of residency activities on campus.

Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist Imogen Cooper Performs at Middlebury October 10

September 22, 2013

Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the classical repertoire. She comes to Middlebury College October 10 to perform a monumental program of works by Franz Schubert, the Austrian composer whose works have become her specialty.

Contemporary Dance Company Catherine Cabeen–Hyphen Performs at Middlebury October 11 and 12

September 30, 2013

Hailed by the New York Times as “visually exquisite,” Catherine Cabeen–Hyphen is a project-based dance company dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations that use the body as an intersection for ideas. The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series presents Hyphen with four dance pieces including a world premiere at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Middlebury Hosts COCOON, Inspired by The Moth, October 25

October 10, 2013

Middlebury College hosts the live performance event “Cocoon,” inspired by popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall. The diverse range of stories will be told by a hand-picked group of students, faculty/staff, and community members around the theme of metamorphosis.

20-Year-Old British Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor Makes Vermont Debut at Middlebury

October 14, 2013

At just 20, Benjamin Grosvenor is already internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and profound interpretations. He makes his Vermont debut on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series October 29, performing a program of romantic-era works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Medtner, Ravel, and Gounod/Liszt at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

German Vocal Ensemble Singer Pur Performs “Fields of Gold” November 10

October 25, 2013

The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series presents the internationally-acclaimed vocal sextet Singer Pur in an a cappella program entitled “Fields of Gold: Vocal Music through the Centuries,” on October 10 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The recital will span nearly a thousand years of music, from the middle ages, to the Renaissance and the Romantic era, ending with 20th century with works by Irving Berlin and Sting.

Middlebury Dance Program Presents Fall Dance Concert "Press/Release"

November 8, 2013

The Middlebury College Dance Program presents the newest works by students and faculty on November 22 & 23. The eight individual dances in “Press/Release” add up to an evening of work that celebrates the full circle of inspiration, manifestation, and sharing in the creative process. Coordinated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents “Pentecost” November 21–23

November 8, 2013

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage an ambitious production of David Edgar’s extraordinary 1994 play, drawing on a cast of 28 students, college professors, and professional actors, speaking in twelve different languages. Directed by Richard Romagnoli with Alex Draper ’88.

“Figures of Speech” Dance Concert Takes the Stage December 5–6

November 19, 2013

Middlebury College seniors Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 and Amy Donahue ’13.5 will perform their choreographic thesis work in a joint concert December 5 and 6. Their distinct approaches to movement will converge in one evening of diverse solo and group work, presented in a reconfigured performance space.

Classical Guitarist Xuefei Yang Returns to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dec. 6

November 20, 2013

China’s most accomplished classical guitarist, Xuefei Yang, returns to Middlebury by popular demand December 6, performing works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Britten, Walton, Ginastera, and a New England premiere of a new work by Chen Yi. Originally from Beijing, and now based in the U.K., Yang is regarded as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.

Middlebury College Celebrates Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 8

November 22, 2013

For 42 years, Middlebury service of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas has been a treasured Addison County holiday tradition. A large audience of both College and community members and families will fill Mead Chapel to share in a sense of community and hopefulness of the season.

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