“Maverick Cellist” David Darling Performs at Middlebury March 8
March 8, 2012
Grammy-Winning Artist is Pioneer of Contemporary Performance and Collaboration
Middlebury, VT—Acclaimed, genre-bending cellist David Darling will perform a recital on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. This free, public concert is the highlight of several days of cross-disciplinary activities proposed by Middlebury College students, supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts.
Darling’s diverse collaborations demonstrate his interest in environmentalism, spirituality, and social gain. His prolific career includes playing music with whales and wolves, and doing so in such amazing locales as the depths of the Grand Canyon. He contributed to nature writer Barry Lopez’s book River Notes and author/conservationist Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Darling’s collaborations in dance (Pilobolus) and film (Wim Wenders) reflect his belief in the social and spiritual power of musical expression.
Middlebury College Music department students, Environmental Studies/Dance joint majors, and members of the student Yoga and Wellness Club jointly proposed Darling’s residency. His visit will include yoga/meditation sessions, improvisation jams, and a lecture entitled “Music and the Environment” for the campus community. This residency is sponsored by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts. Established in 2011, this fund provides opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experience in the performing arts, with support from the Performing Arts Series and Dance Program.
David Darling’s concert at Middlebury is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. For more information, call (802) 443-3168 or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.