2016-2017 Season

All events this season will be held in the Mahaney Center for the Arts.


PASS_final.jpgPerforming Arts Series Society (PASS) Preview Party

September 7, Wednesday
4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall and Upper Lobby

PASS members are invited to an audiovisual preview of the 2016–2017 season, complete with a seasonal reception and the chance to be first in line to purchase tickets for the upcoming season. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/givepass



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Rodney King

Performed by Roger Guenveur Smith

September 30–October 1, Friday–Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

History, poetry, and tragedy collide when stage and film actor Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Malcolm X) tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King, caught in the glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality that ignited the 1992 L.A. riots. In this riveting performance, Smith offers a meditation on a flawed, goodhearted man and reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present. “Roger Guenveur Smith gets it all and gets it brilliantly”—the New York TimesAdult language and content; for mature audiences only. The show is approximately 60 minutes without an intermission. There will be a post-show Q&A each evening. Moderators Friday will be J Finley, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Junot Diaz, Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pulitzer Prize winning author. Saturday's moderators are Miguel Fernandez, Chief Diversity Officer, Professor of Spanish and Dana Yeaton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Theatre Program. Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students.

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Legends of Kintamani

October 8, Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The Vermont premiere of Legends of Kintamani—a new cello concerto by Middlebury Professor of Music Su Lian Tan—is a unique collaboration with the Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) Initiative, cellist Darrett Adkins, and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (BCO) with guest conductor Evan Bennett. Accompanied by projection of large animated murals of mythical Bali produced by Middlebury students in the DLA Initiative’s Animation Studio, the five-movement storytelling form depicts a return to a more innocent time, where mythology and reality combine in fairy tales. The BCO will also perform Béla Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances and César Franck's Quatre Pieces Brèves (Four Short Pieces) under the baton of orchestra director Yutaka Kono. Pre-concert panel discussion with Tan and artists from the project, 7:00 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, DLA Initiative, and the Committee on the Arts. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students.

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October 20, Thursday
6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Before settling into Robison Hall for an evening of chamber music by the Belcea Quartet, join fellow concertgoers for a delicious, seasonal meal. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner, seated family style. Buy meal tickets: $30; cash bar. 


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Belcea Quartet

October 20, Thursday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Although the Belcea Quartet was founded at the Royal College of Music in London over 20 years ago, they “still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo”—The Guardian. The quartet returns to perform a program of Brahms and Schubert quartets, including Death and the Maiden. This Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 

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Imogen Cooper, piano

November 3, Thursday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established her reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. The Guardian of London described a recent performance as “playing of the greatest intelligence and musical integrity.” In her return to Middlebury, Cooper offers a program including Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, and Albeniz. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Greg Vitercik, 6:30 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 

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PASS_final.jpgPerforming Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

December 4, Sunday
1:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

A festive occasion for members to gather and celebrate PASS, preview select performances from the 2017–18 season, and vote on which event to support. This year’s reception features a bounty of seasonal appetizers and beverages, plus a student performance. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass

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Sophie Shao and Friends

December 4, Sunday
3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Cellist Sophie Shao appears to have an exhaustive supply of supremely talented friends. She returns for her ninth consecutive season—this time with violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violist Dimitri Murrath, and pianist Gloria Chien—for an afternoon of chamber music including Beethoven’s C Minor string trio, Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2, and Dvorak’s second piano quartet. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 

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Constantinople

January 13, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

NEW PROGRAM! Persian music trio Constantinople makes its Middlebury debut in a special culture-spanning program, a poetic encounter between strings (setar, viola de gamba), percussion, and voice, blending music from the Persian, Mediterranean, and Baroque traditions. “…an intriguing East-meets-West quality suggested by the juxtaposition of the gamba and the Persian instruments”—New York Times. Due to international visa complications, previously announced kora player Ablaye Cissoko will be unable to join us. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. The program is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. Tickets: Public $20, College ID holders $15, Students $6

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Lecture/Demonstration:
The Music of Constantinople
January 13, Friday
7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robinson Hall

Before their evening concert, Persian music trio Constantinople will offer an introduction to their music, instruments, and unique collaborations. They will be joined by special guest Didem Başar on the Turkish kanun. Free


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Jean-Michel Pilc, jazz piano

January 21, Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Called “a dazzlingly inventive pianist” by the New York Times, Jean-Michel Pilc leads a musical life always centered around the solo piano. In Pilc’s hands, the listener embarks on a journey, crafted with unexpected landscapes and powerful emotions, using a wide range and spectrum from intimate lyricism to breathtaking virtuosity. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 

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Lecture/Demonstration:
The Art and Heart of Improvisation

January 20, Friday
4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

While Jean-Michel Pilc is a premier jazz pianist, he believes that improvisation is central to the development of all music and musicians. As he lectures from the piano, Pilc will explore the role of originality, communication, and expression in improvisation. Free

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Morgenstern Piano Trio

February 22, Wednesday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Named after the 19th-century German poet Christian Morgenstern, this young trio has been lauded by the Washington Post for “…a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination.” After only two short years working together, they burst onto the music scene, receiving top prizes and awards including the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. In Middlebury, the trio plays works by Tailleferre, Ravel, and Vermont native Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. .

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Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

March 4, Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker, H. Lee Waters. From 1936–42, Waters documented towns in the Piedmont in a collection he called “Movies of Local People.” Scheinman and her musical sidemen, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe, create a live soundtrack of new folksongs, fiddle music, and field sounds to accompany Waters’ fascinating footage, now masterfully reworked by director Finn Taylor. The result is a reflection on “the gaze” both then and now; the evolution of mill towns; and a striking commentary on race, class, and the American experience. “Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues”—the New York Times. Post-performance Q&A with the artists. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Department of Film and Media Culture, Committee on the Arts, and the Museum of Art. Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 

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. 

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Glenn Andres: Middlebury as Mill Town
March 3, Friday
12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Architecture Glenn Andres gives an illustrated lecture on Middlebury's past as a center of mill industry. He will touch on the significance of the local textile and marble industries, their role in shaping the town, and the people whose lives were intertwined with them. Offered as partof the Fridays at the Museum series, and in conjunction with Saturday's performance Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. Free

Pictured: James Hope, Middlebury Falls, ca. 1850, collection of Henry Sheldon Museum

Gallery Talk: American Faces
March 4, Saturday
7:00 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art
Middlebury College students give a brief introduction to the exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity in conjunction with Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. The museum is open for pre-concert visitors from 6:00–8:00 PM. Free

American Flag of Faces Exhibit, Ellis Island, New York (detail), c. 1990–2011. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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PASS_final.jpgPre-concert lecture for PASS members

March 9, Thursday
6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) are invited to a talk by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin about the works to be performed by the Doric String Quartet. Enjoy a backstage peek into the pre-concert experience. A members-only event; membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass



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Doric String Quartet

March 9, Thursday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Over the past decade, the Doric String Quartet has been a rising star on the chamber music scene, taking its place among the finest quartets of its generation. Lauded as “inventive, engaging, moving and beautiful” by the Strad magazine, the U.K.-based ensemble comes to Middlebury for the first time with a program including Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major, the Lyric Suite by Berg, and Schubert’s dramatic G Major quartet. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Free; no tickets required.

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Maree ReMalia | merrygogo

March 17–18, Friday–Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join Maree ReMalia | merrygogo for The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, an evening-length, escalating journey where nine performers from across artistic disciplines question the bounds of their identities. Moving in and around the set designed by visual artist Blaine Siegel, they explore the way they take up space. Watch them bare a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions to an original soundscore by David Bernabo. For all ages, seasoned performance goers, and those new to the theater. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Program, and the Dance Program. Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 
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Canceled due to weather

March 14, Tuesday
Gaga, Improvisation, and Repertory Experiments
3:00 PM-4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Participants will be guided through playful improvisational explorations intended to increase self-awareness and build group connection. Maree ReMalia and friends will then teach repertory material from The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, including movement, sound, and text that will be used as source material for experimentation in developing original, small group sequences. No previous experience necessary. Free and open to the public.

March 18, Saturday
Pre-show Warm Up with the Ubiquitous Cast
6:45 PM-7:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Join Maree ReMalia and friends as they warm up for their performance. Free and open to the public.

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April 7, Friday
6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Before settling into Robison Hall for an evening of piano music by Paul Lewis, join fellow concertgoers for a delicious, seasonal meal. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner, seated family style. Buy meal tickets: $30; cash bar. 



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Paul Lewis, piano*

April 7, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

In addition to being beloved by our local audience, pianist Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Lewis makes his return to Middlebury with a mixed repertoire program including a Bach partita, Beethoven’s fourth piano sonata, three Chopin waltzes, and Weber’s Sonata No. 2. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students.

*This concert is now sold out, but the Box Office will take an in-person waiting list—starting at 7:00 PM Friday at the box office window—for any returned tickets.

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Brentano String Quartet

April 28, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Extolled by the New York Times for its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism, ” the Brentano String Quartet last performed here in 2002, when the musicians celebrated their 10th anniversary by commissioning 10 composers—with Middlebury as a commissioning partner—to pen companion pieces for Bach’s Art of Fugue. It seems only fitting the quartet returns for the opening concert of the 2017 Bach Festival, to play Bach’s Art of the Fugue itself. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 7:00 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Middlebury Bach Festival. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. 

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Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Gil Kalish, piano

May 12, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Concert Hall

Five-time Grammy-award winner, soprano Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has earned her both the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience and the awards and honors accorded to only the most distinguished of artists.  In Middlebury, she offers a traditional song recital with her regular duo partner, pianist Gil Kalish, presenting a program of works by Schubert, Janáček, Ravel, Clarke, Bartók, and Bolcom. Stay for a post-concert reception. This Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein and the PASS members at large. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Buy tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; PASS Members $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$5 Middlebury students.

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