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2014-2015 Season

95yearsThe Middlebury College Performing Arts Series celebrates its 95th anniversary season--and Paul Nelson's 30th as director--with an exciting array of performances in chamber music, theatre, and dance. 

Ticket will be on sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11.

Takács Quartet; 09/26/14

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Takács Quartet

Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello
September 26, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Recognized as one of the world’s great chamber music ensembles and a Middlebury favorite, the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet plays with an irresistible blend of virtuosic technique and engaging personality. The Guardian of London proclaims, “The Takács Quartet are matchless, their supreme artistry manifest at every level.” For this opening event of the Performing Arts Series’ 95th-anniversary season, the quartet performs quartets by Haydn and Debussy, as well as Beethoven’s Op. 130 with the Allegro finale. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Performing Arts Series Society. Reserved Seating.

Learn more>>

Tickets: $25/20/6; PASS Members: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Keith Saunders

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Dinner and Conversation with Friends

September 26, Friday
6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of chamber music by the Takács Quartet, join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner. Tickets: $25. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>


 

Richard Goode, piano; 10/05/2014

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Richard Goode, piano

October 5, Sunday
3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Pianist Richard Goode has been hailed for performances of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. According to the New York Times, “It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.” Goode performs works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Schumann on Middlebury’s new Steinway piano, which he helped select. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Office of the President. Reserved Seating.

Learn more>>

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Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Michael Wilson


Belcea String Quartet; 10/15/2014

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Belcea String Quartet

Corina Belcea-Fisher, violin
Axel Schacher, violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola
Antoine Lederlin, cello
October 15, Wednesday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Renowned around the globe for unique, elegant, and refined interpretations, the Belcea Quartet returns to Middlebury with a program including Mozart’s F Major quartet, Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, and Schubert’s Rosamunde quartet. “The Belceas still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo”—The Guardian of London. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by thePerforming Arts Series and anonymous PASS members in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating.

Tickets: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Ronald Knapp

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Nathan Laube, organ; 11/02/2014

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Nathan Laube, organ

November 2, Sunday
3:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Concert organist Nathan Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor, coupled with his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, have earned high praise from audiences, critics, and peers. Laube’s highly anticipated return to Middlebury features a varied program that includes works by Bach, Widor, Whitlock, and Jongen. Laube offers a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 PM in the chapel. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series.

Tickets: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

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Photo Dorothy Young Riess


Jupiter String Quartet; 11/16/2014

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Jupiter String Quartet

Nelson Lee, violin
Megan Freivogel, violin
Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
November 16, Sunday
3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Entering its second decade of making music together, the Jupiter String Quartet has firmly established itself as an important voice in the world of chamber music. “Every so often a performance leaves us in awe of its loving sophistication, its attention to the finest details of balance and expression. That’s how it was with the Jupiter String Quartet’s performance”—Dallas Morning News. The Jupiters return to Middlebury to perform Bach, Bartok’s sixth quartet, and Beethoven’s op. 132.

This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free, no tickets required

Photo Brian Stauffer

Associated Activity:

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Pre-concert Lecture for PASS Members

November 16, Sunday
2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) are invited to a talk by Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin about the music to be performed by the Jupiter String Quartet. Enjoy a backstage peek into the preconcert experience. A members-only event; membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass. Free



Sophie Shao and Friends; 12/05/2014

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Sophie Shao and Friends

December 5, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, cellist Sophie Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This year, she returns with friends to perform a Haydn piano trio, Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, and the world premiere of Revelations for piano quintet—composed by Professor of Music Su Lian Tan in honor of Paul Nelson’s 30th and final season as the Performing Arts Series director. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating.

Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11.Go to the online box office>>

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Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

December 5, Friday
6:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

A festive evening for members to gather and celebrate the second year of PASS, preview select performances from the 2015–16 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass


 

Mike Daisey; 01/16-17/2015

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Faster Better Social

Written and Performed by Mike Daisey
January 16–17, Friday–Saturday
8:00 PM, Wright Memorial Theatre

Daisey has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the New York Times. His groundbreaking monologues weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that define our age. In Faster Better Social he interrogates the disrupted landscape of technological change—where smartphones have transformed how we see the world around us—and our dissolving sense of privacy, our commoditization as clusters of consumer information, and our shrinking sense of time as we train ourselves to speak in 140 character haiku. What are we gaining? What are we losing? And what are we becoming? Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Theatre Program.

Tickets: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Ursa Waz


Steven Osborne, piano; 02/11/2015

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Steven Osborne, piano

February 11, Wednesday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Recently recognized as Instrumentalist of the Year by both the Royal Philharmonic Society and Gramophone magazine, Steven Osborne is renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett, and Britten. His much-anticipated return to Middlebury features a performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating.

Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Benjamin Ealovega

 

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Dinner and Conversation with Friends

February 11, Wednesday
6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of piano music by Steven Osborne, join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner. Tickets: $25. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>


Elias String Quartet; 03/14/2015

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Elias String Quartet

Sara Bitlloch, violin
Donald Grant, violin
Martin Saving, viola
Marie Bitlloch, cello
March 14, Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Described by the Washington Post as possessing “deft phrasing, a fine sense of dramatic pacing and seamless ensemble work,” the Elias Quartet has emerged as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of its generation. They continue their acclaimed Beethoven Project, delighting us with an all-Beethoven program, including opuses 95, 131, and 135. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:00 PM in Room 221.

This free Performing Arts Seriesconcert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free; no tickets required

Photo Benjamin Ealovega


Camille A. Brown and Dancers; 03/17-18/2015

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Camille A. Brown and Dancers

March 17–18, Tuesday–Wednesday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has earned multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. Her latest work, Black Girl, is a multimedia depiction of the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. Combining history and musicology with fantastical imagery from Alice in Wonderland, this work offers a grand narrative reflecting on feminism, patriarchy, and how women navigate within this world. Middlebury’s performances during women’s history month also include works by three female emerging choreographers. Sponsored by thePerforming Arts SeriesDance Program, and Committee on the Arts. Camille A. Brown and Dancers is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tickets: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Matt Karas


The Nile Project; March 31-April 3, 2015

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The Nile Project

April 2, Thursday
8:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Social Space

Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero are joined by musicians who live along the world’s longest river for a boundary-crossing evening of new music. The Nile Project, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, hopes to spread the musical traditions of the 11 countries touching the Nile, using music to raise awareness for the area’s environmental and cultural challenges. The group’s first recording, Aswan, was named one of NPR’s Top Five Must-Hear International Albums of 2013. 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 additional support from the Arts Council,Mahaney Center for the Arts, and the Department of Music.

Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11.Go to the online box office>>

Learn more about The Nile Project here>>


 

Dubravka Tomsic, piano; 04/12/2015

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Dubravka Tomsic, piano

April 12, Sunday
3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys “something of a cult status among pianophiles” (Gramophone Magazine), with performances that convey “heroic power and Olympian vision” (Los Angeles Times) as well as “splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety” (Boston Globe). Tomsic performs Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major and Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata on the first half of this recital, and an all-Chopin program after intermission, including fantasies, nocturnes, and the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, op. 22. Series director Paul Nelson gives a pre-concert talk on the 95-year history of the Performing Arts Series at 2:00 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by thePerforming Arts Series; made possible with support from Performing Arts Series Society members Rob and Marny Lichtenstein, with gratitude to Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating.

Tickets: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Scott Campbell


Axiom Brass/Opening Bach Festival Concert; 04/24/2015

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Opening Concert Bach Festival: Axiom Brass

Dorival Puccini Jr., trumpet
Kris Hammond, trumpet 
Matthew Oliphant, french horn
Orin Larson, trombone
Kevin Harrison, tuba
April 24, Friday
8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Praised for their high level of musicality and technical ability and for their clean, clear, and precise sound, the members of the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet are rising stars in the chamber music universe. In a program titled “Sacred Brass,” the Quintet journeys through time with music written for or inspired by the church, including works by J. S. Bach, Palestrina, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, Gabrieli, and Piazzolla. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in the Chapel. Sponsored by the Performing Arts SeriesMiddlebury Bach Festival.

Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>


 

 

Paul Lewis, piano; 05/08/2015

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Paul Lewis, piano

May 8, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Twelve years ago, Performing Arts Series director Paul Nelson was the first presenter to invite now-internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis to perform in the states. Since then, many Middlebury performances and awards for Lewis have transpired; so it seems only fitting that Lewis should return to play Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas (opp. 109–111) for Nelson’s final concert as series director. A reception honoring Nelson and his 30 years directing the series follows the concert. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series with support from Performing Arts Series Society members Leif Magnusson ’69 and Charlotte Sibley ’68, in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating.

Tickets: $25/20/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Josep Molina, Molina Visuals