You'll be amazed at how much is happening in the Arts at Middleburyeverything from plays, to concerts, exhibitions, films, dance, behind-the-scenes events, and more.

Mahaney Center for the Arts Announces New Season

August 26, 2015

The MCA's 23rd season opens this September with incredible performances, exhibitions, and more. Among the highlights of the 2015-2016 season are the Clifford Symposium The “good” Body; a month-long exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio; and artistic events celebrating 50 years of environmental education and leadership at Middlebury.

British Pianist Paul Lewis Returns May 8

May 7, 2015

For the final concert of Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson's 30-year career, acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis will play Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas (opp. 109–111) at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, on the Steinway he helped select.

Middlebury College Theatre Presents “Spring Awakening” April 30–May 2

April 23, 2015

Set in the sexually oppressive culture of late 19th century Germany, this provocative play by Frank Wedekind explores the conflict between repressive adulthood and adolescent sexual longings. Cláudio Medeiros ’90 will direct a company of 26 students in this play for mature audiences.

Four Senior Dance Majors Present “Threshold” May 1-2

April 20, 2015

Senior dance majors Stevie Durocher, Doug LeCours, Sarae Snyder, and Afi Yellow-Duke have created an evening of diverse movement perspectives and multidisciplinary themes including anxiety, beauty, death, sadness, gender, and intimacy.

The Nile Project to Perform at Middlebury College April 2

April 13, 2015

This musical collaborative of East African artists drawn from the eleven countries along the Nile will visit the Middlebury College community March 30-April 3. Come ready to dance at the final concert April 2.

Fifth Annual Middlebury Bach Festival Takes Place April 24-26

April 10, 2015

Guest conductor Jeffrey Thomas will join students, affiliate artists, faculty, and professional musicians from Vermont and greater New England for this popular three-day festival celebrating the music and influence of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Axiom Brass Opens Fifth Middlebury Bach Festival April 24

April 8, 2015

As the opening concert for the Middlebury Bach Festival, the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet will perform a “Sacred Brass” program, featuring works of J.S. Bach, Palestrina, Albinoni, Stephenson, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, and Gabrieli, all inspired by the church.

Pianist Dubravka Tomsic Returns to Middlebury April 12

April 12, 2015

Celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic, a return artist on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, will perform a beautiful 3:00 Sunday afternoon concert program including Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata, and four Chopin piano works. 

Trebien Pollard Presents “Seeing the Unspeakable” April 2

March 16, 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and multi-disciplinary artist Trebien Pollard will present excerpts of his new solo performance concert “Seeing the Unspeakable,” which chronicles issues of race, gender and sexual identity.

Camille A. Brown and Dancers To Perform “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” March 3–4

March 2, 2015

Bessie-award winning choreographer Camille A. Brown brings her new work-in-progress to Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series. The work addresses the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. "BLACK GIRL" will anchor a week of Women in Dance, which will also feature two performances of “Sola” on March 6–7.

Elias String Quartet to Give Free Concert of Works by Beethoven March 14

February 25, 2015

Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series will present the acclaimed Elias String Quartet on Saturday, March 14 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. They will perform an all Beethoven program, including opuses 95, 131, and 135. The free concert is supported by the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

Faculty Dance Concert to Take the Stage February 26

February 25, 2015

For the first time in over a decade, the Middlebury College Dance Program will present a Faculty Dance Concert, showcasing the work of their four outstanding embodied scholars: Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, and Christal Brown.

“NER Out Loud” To Bring Poems and Stories to the Stage Feb. 24

February 23, 2015

In the tradition of public radio’s “Selected Shorts,” Middlebury College student actors and orators will read selections from the New England Review (NER) literary magazine in a live performance at the Mahaney Center for the Arts February 24, followed by a "S'More Readings' reception.

Kinobe Brings Music of Africa to Middlebury February 20

February 2, 2015

Herbert Kinobe (pronounced “Chin-O-bay”) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. His concert with three musical collaborators is one of several lead-up events to the Nile Project in April.

Pianist Steven Osborne Returns to Middlebury February 11

January 26, 2015

Award-winning classical pianist Steven Osborne will grace Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series to perform a stunning concert including Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke (Three Piano Pieces), Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 28 in A Major, op.101, and Beethoven’s Olympian “Hammerklavier” sonata, op. 106.

Acclaimed Monologist Mike Daisey to Perform FASTER BETTER SOCIAL Jan. 16 & 17

January 8, 2015

Daisey, who has been called a “master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the New York Times, is known for weaving together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance. In FASTER BETTER SOCIAL, he zeroes in on how smartphones, social media, and technology are changing our lives.

Community Chorus Presents Thanksgiving Concert Nov. 23

December 8, 2014

The Middlebury College Community Chorus will present its annual fall concert to celebrate Thanksgiving, performing a dynamic program of works including Vermont composer Sam Guarnaccia's Emergent Universe Oratorio. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sophie Shao and Friends Return to Middlebury Dec. 5 for World Premiere

November 17, 2014

Award-winning cellist Sophie Shao will join an international ensemble--violinists Carmit Zori and Hye-Jin Kim, violist Teng Li, and pianist Gilles Vonsattel-- to perform Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor, and the world premiere of Revelations for Piano Quintet, composed by Middlebury College Professor of Music Su Lian Tan in honor of Paul Nelson’s 30th and final season as the Performing Arts Series director.

Live Storytelling Event COCOON Takes the Stage October 24

October 9, 2014

Inspired by popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, “Cocoon” will feature six true stories on the theme of blood, told by a hand-picked group of students, faculty, alumni, and community members. Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour, is this year's special guest emcee.

Belcea Quartet Gives October 15 Concert of Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert

October 2, 2014

Following exhilarating performances for the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series in 2004, 2006, and 2011, this award-winning string quartet will return to Vermont to perform Mozart’s F Major quartet, Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, and Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet.

Felipe Salles Group Presents “Ugandan Suite”

September 22, 2014

Brazilian saxophonist Felipe Salles will lead an esteemed group of seasoned jazz and world music artists in a presentation of Ugandan Suite on September 28 at 8:00 P.M. at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.  This visionary work is the first major jazz composition to use Ugandan musical idioms. Middlebury ethnomusicologist and musician Damascus Kafumbe is a key collaborator.

Acclaimed Pianist Richard Goode Returns to Middlebury October 5 to Play Beloved Works

September 17, 2014

One of today’s leading interpreters of classical and romantic music will return to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall Oct. 5 to play a program including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Schumann. Goode will perform on Middlebury's new Steinway concert grand piano, which he helped select for the College last year.

Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts Announces 2014-2015 Season

September 29, 2014

The upcoming season for the Arts at Middlebury marks some important milestones, including the Performing Arts Series’ 95th anniversary; Series Director Paul Nelson’s 30th and final season; a play honoring Hillel’s 60th anniversary at Middlebury, and the 100th anniversary of the Middlebury College Language Schools.

Miles Donahue Quintet Brings Leading Jazz Artists to Middlebury

April 14, 2014

Affiliate artist Miles Donahue will lead an all-star lineup of jazz players in a public concert on May 2: Jerry Bergonzi on saxophone, Alain Mallet on piano, Ralph Peterson on drums, and John Lockwood on bass. Admission is free, and concertgoers will receive a free CD.

Fourth Annual Middlebury Bach Festival Takes Place April 25-27

April 8, 2014

World-renowned Bach scholar Christoph Wolff joins students, affiliate artists, faculty, and professional musicians from Vermont and greater New England for this popular 3-day festival celebrating the music and influence of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Middlebury Celebrates “The Place of Dance” April 6

March 21, 2014

Honoring the publication of Andrea Olsen’s new book, The Place of Dance, with three public events will take place in April: a photography exhibition; an experiential anatomy workshop; and a collaborative performance of dance, music, light, and text.

Winter Storm Causes Cancellation of Elias String Quartet Appearance on Wednesday, March 12

March 13, 2014

Due to Winter Storm Vulcan’s effects on travel throughout the northeast, the Elias String Quartet’s lecture-demonstration, planned for Wednesday, March 12 at 4:30 P.M., has been canceled. However, the Quartet’s formal concert on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 P.M. is still planned to go on as scheduled at the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. As the weather develops, patrons may check the website or call 802.443.MIDD (6433) for updates.

Juilliard President Joseph Polisi to Speak at Middlebury March 1

March 4, 2014

Dr. Joseph Polisi will deliver the public lecture "The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience" at the Mahaney Center for the Arts March 1. His speech is in conjunction with the College’s dedication of a new Steinway concert grand piano, given by the Rothrock Family in honor of Jessica and Ron Liebowitz.

Russian Pianist Alexander Melnikov Returns to Middlebury February 23

October 9, 2014

On the heels of his stunning duo performance with violinist Isabelle Faust in January, Russian piano sensation Alexander Melnikov returns to Middlebury  February 23 to play a solo program of Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes and Book Two of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87.

Violinist Isabelle Faust and Pianist Alexander Melnikov Perform January 23

August 11, 2014

Consummate collaborators Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov will perform together at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts on Thursday, January 23, 2014. The award-winning duo will play two Beethoven sonatas, two Weber Sonatas, and Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major for the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

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.

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

August 4, 2014

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 Theatre Program Presents “Pentecost” November 21–23

November 20, 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.

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.

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

August 4, 2014

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.

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

August 4, 2014

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.

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.

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

August 4, 2014

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.

Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist Imogen Cooper Performs at Middlebury October 10

August 4, 2014

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.

“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.

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

October 27, 2014

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.

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

June 17, 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.

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.

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

August 5, 2014

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 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.

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

July 11, 2014

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.

Third Annual Middlebury Bach Festival Takes Place April 26-28

July 1, 2014

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.

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

April 18, 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

August 5, 2014

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.

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.

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

August 11, 2014

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.

Acclaimed Organist Nathan Laube Returns to Middlebury March 21

August 11, 2014

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.

Rising Star Pianist Shai Wosner Performs in Middlebury February 13

August 5, 2014

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).

Daring play “The Method Gun” by the Rude Mechs Comes to Middlebury January 18-19

August 4, 2014

The acclaimed Austin, Texas-based ensemble theatre company The Rude Mechs are described by the New York Times as one of a handful of theatre companies in the country "making theater that matters." Their original work The Method Gun touches on the teachings of theatre guru Stella Burden, A Streetcar Named Desire, and a surprising, high-risk creative process.

Dance Company of Middlebury Premieres “Simply Light”

December 19, 2012

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.

Jazz Pianist Cyrus Chestnut Swings Back into Middlebury January 11

August 4, 2014

Virtuosic and playful, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut makes his return to campus as part of a trio with acclaimed bassist Eric Wheeler and rising star Billy Williams on drums. Their concert program will feature original works and lively improvisations in the jazz tradition.

Jupiter String Quartet Returns to Middlebury for Two Free Concerts

August 4, 2014

The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series proudly hosts this passionate young ensemble for two free performances: a midday recital of Kurtag and Schubert on Thursday, November 29, and an evening concert of Mozart, Bartok, and Brahms on Friday, November 30. The concerts are made possible by the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

Middlebury Dance Program Presents “Mosaics from the Underground”

November 14, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the fall concert of new works by Middlebury dance students and faculty, November 30–December 1 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. This mosaic of eleven individual dances creates an evening of work that celebrates the synthesis of disparate ideas.

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at Middlebury College November 15–17

November 12, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance continues its fall season with William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a play of impulsiveness, melancholy, and exile. Director Cheryl Faraone sets this new production in the early 20th century, a time when the world tipped over and all was irrevocably changed.

British Pianist Paul Lewis Brings Schubert Piano Cycle to a Triumphant Conclusion

August 4, 2014

Middlebury audience favorite Paul Lewis will perform Franz Schubert's last three piano sonatas on Friday, October 26 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts: a fitting finale to his run of five concerts featuring all of composer's mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

Affiliate Artist Collaborative Performance November 3

November 2, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Music's talented and diverse group of professional musicians and teaching artists will come together at the Mahaney Center for the Arts for a collaborative concert on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 P.M.

Mahaney Center for the Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary

September 10, 2012

The Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a season packed with hundreds of concerts, plays, museum exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. An early highlight of the season is the Clifford Symposium on Creativity and Collaboration, hosted by the Mahaney Center for the Arts on September 27-29, 2012.

“Serious Money” Plays May 3-5 at Middlebury College

May 3, 2012

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Serious Money, a play by Caryl Churchill, and directed by Cheryl Faraone, May 3-5. Set in the trading pits and board rooms of London’s financial district, known simply as “the City,” the play explores themes of greed, power, and politics.

British Pianist Paul Lewis Caps Off the 2011–2012 Performing Arts Series

May 4, 2012

A favorite of Middlebury audiences, Paul Lewis will perform a beautiful evening of Schubert’s piano works at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Friday, May 4. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, and is a fitting artist to close the 2011-2012 Middlebury College Performing Arts Series with a flourish.

Second Annual Middlebury Bach Festival April 27–29

April 27, 2012

Middlebury, VT—Three days of performances, interest sessions, dancing, and workshops will link the College and the town of Middlebury together. Highlights include special guest early music ensemble ARTEK and members of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Easter Oratorio, BWV 249.



Four Middlebury College Seniors to Share Dance Concert

April 20, 2012

Middlebury College senior dance majors Sarah Chapin, Alicia Evancho, James Moore, and Alexandra Vasquez will showcase their thesis work in performance and choreography in a joint concert, Consequence: The Senior Dance Concert, on April 20 and 21.

Middlebury to Host Vermont Debut of the Acclaimed Elias String Quartet March 21

March 21, 2012

In their first-ever Vermont appearance, the dynamic young Elias String Quartet will play works by Purcell, Suk, and Mendelssohn, as well as Janáček’s “Kreutzer Sonata.” The quartet has experienced a meteoric rise due to their “imaginative, full-blooded playing and impeccable ensemble” (Classic FM Magazine,) and “sophisticated phrasing, subtle coloring, and impeccable tuning…” (The Independent.)

Choreographer Kyle Abraham Explores Communication in “The Radio Show” March 16-17

March 16, 2012

Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion delve into identity and personal history in a performance of The Radio Show. Creating an abstract narrative around the loss of communication, he investigates a community’s reaction to the abrupt discontinuation of a radio station and how Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia impact a family.

Rethink, Rebuild, Remember

March 11, 2012

One year after the devastating earthquake that struck Japan, Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff will reflect on the anniversary with a series of cultural events, including theatrical readings, guest speakers, and a faculty panel discussion. The events, to be held between March 11 and April 5, will also raise funds for the ongoing relief efforts halfway around the globe.

Acclaimed Cellist Sophie Shao Performs with Lithuanian Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute

March 9, 2012

Award-winning cellist Sophie Shao, a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, will return to perform a vivid duo program featuring works by Beethoven, Kirchner, Janáček, and Franckwith rising star pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute on March 9. Shao’s knack for gathering graceful combinations of musicians is a testament to her collaborative strengths.

“Maverick Cellist” David Darling Performs at Middlebury March 8

March 8, 2012

Middlebury College students will host the Grammy-winning musician David Darling in a campus residency including music jams, movement classes, a lecture, and a free public concert. A former member of the Paul Winter Consort, Darling is a master collaborator who brings his music to bear on issues of environmentalism, spirituality, and social progress.

Pianist Steven Osborne Performs an All-Ravel Program March 2

July 11, 2014

Classical pianist Steven Osborne returns to Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Friday, March 2 to perform a stunning concert of solo piano works by French composer Maurice Ravel. Born in Scotland, Osborne is one of Britain’s foremost musicians, known  for his unique approach and dazzling repertoire.

Classical Guitarist Xuefei Yang Performs February 21 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts

July 11, 2014

Beijing-born, and now UK-based, Xuefei Yang is regarded as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Ever since her enchanting Valentine’s Day recital in 2008, Performing Arts Series patrons have asked when she would return to Middlebury. Audiences will surely feel the three-year wait was worthwhile when they enjoy this beautiful concert of works by Bach, Regondi, Brouwer, Chopin, and Albéniz.

Balla Kouyaté and World Vision Bring the Sounds of Mali to Middlebury

July 1, 2014

Master balafon player Balla Kouyaté will perform music from the griot tradition of Mali on Friday, February 17, 2012, at 8:00 the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. His ensemble World Vision, fresh from a performance at the Kennedy Center, will join him with acoustic guitar, tama (talking drum), djembé/banjo, electric bass guitar, and vocals.

Christianne Stotijn Sings Her Middlebury Encore

July 11, 2014

Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and the world’s most in-demand collaborative pianist, Julius Drake, will perform together at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on December 2. Their concert program will include songs by Schumann, Mahler, and Eisler.

“The Art of Success” Plays November 17-19 at Middlebury

November 18, 2011

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance present a play by Nick Dear, directed by Richard Romagnoli. Based on the life of 18th century painter and engraver William Hogarth, this bawdy comedy uncovers the dark underbelly of 1700s London.

Jeremy Cline Presents “Climbing on the World Tree”

November 4, 2011

Middlebury College senior Jeremy Cline ’11.5 presents his thesis dance work November 18-19. A joint major in dance and religion, Cline focuses his work on elements of ritual performance and investigates the nature of our relationships with spirit.

World-renowned Hugo Wolf Quartett Performs October 28

July 11, 2014

The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series presents this acclaimed Viennese string quartet in a concert of Mozart, Webern and Schubert. The concert is presented free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

Middlebury College Theatre Season Opens with BIG LOVE

October 19, 2011

Big Love, an emotionally extravagant comedy by OBIE Award-winning playwright Charles Mee, opens the 2011-2012 theatre season with performances October 27-29 at Wright Theatre. Loosely inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, Big Love takes us on a whimsical journey from Greece to Italy, when 50 Greek brides are betrothed against their will to their American cousins.

Site-Specific Artist Patrick Dougherty Returns to Middlebury College

October 7, 2011

The College community bids farewell to the wooden sculpture "So Inclined" with a public lecture by artist Patrick Dougherty on October 28. The enchanting, community-created, sculptural project has stood outside the Mahaney Center for the Arts for the past four years. Dougherty will discuss his world-wide projects and commissions since that time.

Middlebury Audience Favorite Paul Lewis Continues Schubert Piano Cycle

July 1, 2014

British pianist Paul Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation. This concert is the third in a series of five concerts in his worldwide Schubert project, performing all of the composer's mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards.


September 23, 2011

Middlebury and Amherst College jazz groups make music together on October 10 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The concert echoes a landmark collaboration between jazz greats Count Basie and Duke Ellington, 50 years ago.

New Opera Lotus Lives to Premiere at Middlebury

September 16, 2011

From composer Su Lian Tan and librettist Anne Babson comes this bold new experiment in opera, featuring an accomplished international group of artistic collaborators: Brenda Patterson, soprano; Miriam Gordon Stewart, soprano; Meridian Arts Ensemble; video set designer Tim Bartlett ’98, and a host of others.

Peals and Pipes at Middlebury

July 21, 2011

Hans Hielscher, the brilliant carillonneur and organist from Wiesbaden, Germany, pays a midsummer visit to Middlebury College to perform in two concerts at Mead Memorial Chapel: a carillon concert on Friday, July 29 at 7:00 PM (the “peals”), and an organ recital on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM (the “pipes”).

Middlebury College 26th Annual Carillon Series Begins July 1

July 1, 2014

The beautiful sounds of ringing bells will fill the air again this summer, as the 26th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 7:00 P.M. in and around Mead Memorial Chapel.

Middlebury Bach Festival, May 6-8, 2011

May 3, 2011

The first of its kind, this community-wide Festival will further the appreciation of the music, life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach by providing College and community audiences with three days of performances and interest sessions May 6-8, 2011.

A Choral Concert to Welcome Spring

July 14, 2014

The Middlebury College Community Chorus and Women's Glee Club offer a joint concert to welcome the spring and summer seasons on Sunday, May 1 in Mead Chapel. Admission is free.

British Pianist Paul Lewis Continues Schubert Piano Cycle

July 1, 2014

An audience favorite and a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Paul Lewis plays the second in a series of five Schubert concert programs: 12 Waltzes, Four Impromptus, Hungarian Melody in B Minor, and Sonata No. 18 in G Major.

Senior Dance Majors Perform April 15-16

March 25, 2011

Alena Giesche, Catherine Miller, Christian Morel, and Heather Pynne will create a collaborative evening of work centered on the theme of relationships, with each choreographer bringing her or his own unique insight to the topic.

Middlebury College Theatre Program Presents EURYDICE

March 21, 2011

Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl's dreamlike retelling of the Orpheus myth asks: what would any of us do with a second chance? Directed by Alex Draper '88, with actors Gillian Durkee ’12, Willy McKay ’11, Dustin Schwartz ’11, and others.

A Whirlwind Theatre Trip to NYC

March 17, 2011

A group of 40 students and faculty from Middlebury's Theatre Program recently spent a Saturday in New York City to see two amazing productions: "The Diary of a Madman," starring Geoffrey Rush, and "Beautiful Burnout," by Frantic Assembly/The National Theatre of Scotland.

Gramophone Award-Winning Belcea Quartet Returns To Middlebury March 24

July 11, 2014

Having gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation, this acclaimed chamber music ensemble performs a repertoire that plays to its strengths: Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, andSchubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major.

Big Action Performance Ensemble Presents “Everyone Can Dance”

July 1, 2014


In reaction to dance competition reality shows that evaluate who is qualified to dance, Big Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE) presents Everyone Can Dance, a community-based performance project celebrating the contagious allure of movement and the dynamic capabilities of the human body, March 18 and 19.

The Abbey Theatre Presents Terminus March 12

July 11, 2014

From Ireland’s national theatre comes an original, gripping drama from playwright and director Mark O’Rowe. In Terminus, a young woman looking for love, a mother seeking atonement, and a serial killer are all ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world.

Opening a Museum Treasure

February 18, 2011

On Thursday, members of the Museum community gathered to watch as Associate Curator of Ancient Art Pieter Broucke and the Museum staff opened a crate containing a Roman imperial period bust from the third century C.E. Watch a slideshow>>

Rising Star Nathan Laube, Organ, Performs February 27

July 11, 2014

Curtis Institute of Music graduate Nathan Laube rings in the 40th anniversary of Mead Chapel’s magnificent Gress-Miles Organ. Concertgoers can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes organ tour led by Emory Fanning.

A Big Beautiful Idea Comes to Life

December 17, 2010

Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb helps tell the story of a Middlebury student whose vision for a giant mural on the back of Wright Memorial Theatre came to life this fall.

Euripides' Hecuba: A Symposium

July 1, 2014

In conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance's upcoming production of Hecuba, the Department of Classics hosts a symposium October 29–30 centering on Euripides' gripping tragedy.


Eat. Drink. Dance. Vote: A Museum Gala

October 11, 2010

Saturday, Oct. 16: The Friends of the Arts Museum (FOAM) celebrate 40 years of membership and support with a festive gala night on October 16, 2011.  Highlights of the night: the Jubilee Jazz Band, a delicious buffet, voting on a new work of art, and a groovy 70s dance party!

Tibet In Song

July 11, 2014

Saturday, 10/9/10: Filmmaker, former Fulbright Scholar, and Middlebury honorary degree recipient Ngawang Choephel introduces his award-winning documentary and recounts his creative journey that began in 1995, before he was imprisoned for seven years by the Chinese government on an accusation of espionage.

An Evening at the MCFA

September 3, 2010

First-year students enjoyed an Evening at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on September 3, during Orientation Week.  Festive food, jazz music, an old-time photo booth, museum exhibitions, dancing, and even a flashmob performance by Big Action Performance Ensemble made the night a smash!

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