PASS Preview Party; 09/05/2017

Performing Arts Series Society (PASS)
Preview Party
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:15pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

PASS members are invited to an audiovisual preview of the 2017–2018 season, followed by a seasonal reception. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass


Dafra Kura Band; 09/26/2017

Dafra Kura Band
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Hailing from Burkina Faso, the Dafra Kura Band fuses the high energy of the griot ancestral tradition and the contemporary sounds of modern African cities sourced from Manding tradition, nomad desert blues, and Afrobeat. Hear the band shine solo before their performances with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project later in the week. Olivier Tarpaga, artistic director. Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project 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 FoundationTickets: $10 General public and Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students.

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Baker Tarpaga Dance Project; 09/29-30/2017

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. BTDP presents Declassified Memory Fragment, a dance theatre work with live music, inspired by memory, history, and images of the political and cultural realities currently affecting the continent of Africa. Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project 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 FoundationTickets: $22 General public/16 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students (See related event September 26.) 

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Danish String Quartet; 10/07/2017

Danish String Quartet
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best quartets before the public today,” the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for integrated sound, impeccable intonation, and judicious balance. Their Middlebury debut program includes Bartók’s first quartet, Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet, and arrangements of traditional Nordic folk tunes. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students.
Associated Event:

Pre-Performance Dinner
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Before settling into Robison Hall for an evening of chamber music by the Danish String Quartet, join fellow concertgoers for a delicious, seasonal meal. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner, seated family style. Meal tickets: $35; cash bar. 

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Soovin Kim, Violin; 10/13/2017

Soovin Kim, Violin
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

This internationally renowned violinist has won the Paganini Competition, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Most of us in Vermont, however, know him as the youngest-ever musician to join the VYO (at age 10), and today as co-artistic director of the acclaimed Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. Kim anticipates the release of his new solo Bach CD by performing selections from Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Heath Quartet; 10/27/2017

    Heath Quartet
    Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    Returning to Middlebury with a new Gramophone award and second violinist (Sara Wolstenholme) in tow, the extraordinary Heath Quartet—the series’ first-ever quartet in residence—performs a rich, mixed repertoire program including works by Haydn, Tippett, Bach, and Mendelssohn. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 7:00 PM, Room 221. Made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students

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    The King's Singers; 11/03/2017

    The King’s Singers
    Friday, November 3, 2017 - 8:00pm
    Mead Memorial Chapel

    Back by popular demand, the world’s most renowned a cappella ensemble returns to Middlebury to celebrate its 50th anniversary season. Acclaimed for virtuosity, life-affirming energy, and charm, they present a program surveying five decades of King’s Singers repertoire, plus new works commissioned for this anniversary year. A Nelson Series event. Tickets: $30 General public/25 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Modigliani String Quartet; 11/17/2017

    Modigliani String Quartet
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    Formed by four close friends in 2003, this ensemble was named for the famous painter because “Modigliani was something really special . . . an artist who had his own style and stayed true to it.” Aspiring to stay true to their own voices, the quartet plays works by Mozart and Debussy, plus Dvořák’s “American” quartet. Made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Caroyln Reynolds Sunderman. A Nelson Series event. Free; no tickets required.

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    Pre-concert lecture for PASS members

    Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    A festive occasion for members to gather and celebrate PASS, preview select performances from the 2018–2019 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass.

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    Imani Winds; 12/01/2017

    Imani Winds
    Friday, December 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    Long requested by Middlebury students, and extolled by the Washington Post as “exuding a sultry sophistication,” the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds are renowned for their dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, and adventurous collaborations. Their program “Classically Improvised” includes arrangements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a Piazzola tango, classical woodwind quintet repertoire, and more. A Nelson Series event. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students; PASS Members $22 General public/16 Midd ID holders/5 Midd students.

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    Shai Wosner, Piano; 01/12/2018

    Shai Wosner, piano
    Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. Described as a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character” by Gramophone, Wosner returns to Middlebury with a program of late Schubert sonatas, including opuses 42, 51, and 78, the “Fantasie.” A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

    Associated event:

    Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception
    Friday, January 12, 2018 - 6:45pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

    A festive occasion for members to gather and celebrate PASS, preview select performances from the 2018–2019 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass.

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    Grace Kelly Quartet; 02/16/2018

    Grace Kelly Quartet
    Friday, February 16, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul—yet the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. A regular on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band—Jon Batiste and Stay Human—Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a bandleader, and performs around the globe. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Sophie Shao and Friends; 02/28/2018

    Sophie Shao and Friends 
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    Praised by World News for her “sensitive, stylistic playing, with great finesse, emotion, and gorgeous tone,” cellist Sophie Shao—a perennial Middlebury favorite—has surrounded herself with some of the most talented artists in music. She returns for her 10th consecutive season with an exciting new ensemble of friends to perform works by Haydn, Bridge, and Dvořák. A Nelson Series event, made possible with support from PASS members Rob and Marny Lichtenstein. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 General public/25 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Bedlam; 03/03-03/30/2018

    Hamlet & Saint Joan:
    Performed by Bedlam;
    directed by Eric Tucker
    Friday, March 2, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Wright Memorial Theatre

    He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father’s death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics—Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Friday) and Shaw’s Saint Joan (Saturday)—are brought vividly to life in riveting stripped-down stagings by four actors from the acclaimed New York theatre company Bedlam. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Moody Amiri; 03/10/2018

    Moody Amiri
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    There are no borders between East and West in the eclectic music of Moody Amiri—a groundbreaking, international duo comprised of Iranian santur player Amir Amiri and Canadian violist Richard Moody. They make their Middlebury debut with a program of engaging and distinctive sounds fusing elements of traditional Persian music with jazz, classical, Indian, and modern spiritual styles. Tickets: $22 General public/16 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Jeremy Kittel Trio; 04/13/2018

    Jeremy Kittel Trio
    Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    American fiddler, violinist, and composer Jeremy Kittel’s original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, classical, electronic, and more. He has worked with such artists as Abigail Washburn, Jars of Clay, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet. He performs at Middlebury with mandolinist Joshua Pinkham and guitarist Quinn Bachand. Tickets: $22 General public/16 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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    Steven Isserlis, Cello; Richard Egarr, Harpsichord; 04/27/2018

    Steven Isserlis, Cello; Richard Egarr, Harpsichord
    Friday, April 27, 2018 - 8:00pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

    In 2015, internationally acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis and harpsichordist Richard Egarr released a celebrated disc of baroque viola da gamba sonatas, which the Strad called “a revelation of simple beauty.” The duo opens the eighth Middlebury Bach Festival playing these sonatas by Boccherini, Scarlatti, Handel, and Bach. A Bach Festival and Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. On sale to PASS Members 9/6, ID holders 9/11, general public 9/14.

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    Pre-Performance Dinner
    Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

    Before settling into Robison Hall for an evening of baroque music by Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr, join fellow concertgoers for a delicious, seasonal meal. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner, seated family style. Meal tickets: $35; cash bar. On sale to PASS Members 9/6, ID holders 9/11, general public 9/14.

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      Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits; 05/05/2018

      Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits
      Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00pm
      Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

      Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista has performed on five Grammy-winning albums and toured with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio, Herbie Hancock, Sting, and Paul Simon. In Middlebury, he leads his winsome quartet—Banquet of the Spirits—on a virtuosic trek through Afro-Brazilian beats with improvised jazz, akin to a carnivalesque stew of joy and irreverence. Tickets: $22 General public/16 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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