Thank you for your interest in our 99th season!

Our 2018–2019 season includes both new artists and old friends to the series, several collaborative performances, and celebrations of Debussy, Offenbach's 200th birthday, and the Armistice centenary. 
Thank you for your support of the series and Arts at Middlebury.

Chanticleer; 09/29/2018

Chanticleer
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Mead Memorial Chapel

Known the world over for "Precise, pure, and deeply felt singing" (New York Times), the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer makes its Middlebury debut with a special program called Then and There, Here and Now. This anthology of the ensemble's repertoire spans musical history in honor of their 40th anniversary season. A Nelson Series event. Tickets: $30/25/10/6 

Photo Lisa Kohler 

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Jerusalem Quartet; 10/04/2018

Jerusalem Quartet
Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Now entering its 25th season, the Jerusalem Quartet earned praise from the New York Times: “Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.” We are thrilled to present the quartet’s Middlebury debut on Fall Family Weekend, performing quartets by Beethoven, Ravel, and Shostakovich. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28/22/10/6

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Moody Amiri; 10/19/2018

Moody Amiri
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 7:30 PM
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 rescheduled 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: $22/16/10/6 

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Associated Activity

The Middlebury College Museum of Art will be open from 6:30–7:30 PM for pre-concert visitors to view Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place. Free.

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Kittel and Co.; 10/27/2018

Kittel & Co.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

American fiddler, violinist, and composer Jeremy Kittel 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 Turtle Island Quartet. For this performance, he plays alongside genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand, hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, and phenom mandolinist Josh Pinkham, who wowed audiences here last April. Tickets: $22/16/10/6

Singer-songwriter Aidan O'Brien ’20 will perform for arriving patrons in the upper lobby of the Mahaney Arts Center starting at 7:00 PM that evening. 

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Jean-Guihen Queyras; 11/02/2018

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello
Friday, November 2, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The French cello virtuoso performs some of J. S. Bach's most beloved music: the six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. "Queyras performs as he breathes....His technical ease allows him to play with the music, to knead it, giving a particular character to each work...he brings the universe to the end of his bow."—Le Devoir, Montréal. This special event includes a reception at intermission. A Nelson Series event, made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28/22/10/6

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Jupiter Quartet; 11/30/2018

Jupiter Quartet
Friday, November 30, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

When the Washington Post titles a concert review “Jupiter String Quartet delivers on its name with an out-of-this-world performance,” you can begin to understand why this ensemble is a longtime Middlebury favorite. The quartet celebrates Debussy in this centenary year of his passing, with a program of Ravel and Debussy’s solitary string quartets, plus Dutilleux’s Ainsi la nuit. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 PM, Room 221. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28/22/10/6

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Cédric Tiberghien, piano; 12/05/2018

Cédric Tiberghien, Piano
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

This French pianist has established a truly international career. He has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, and dynamic chamber music partnerships. In Middlebury, Tiberghien presents a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, featuring works composed during every year of the war—by composers from Poland (Szymanowski), Russia (Scriabin), Germany (Hindemith), France (Debussy), and England (Bridge)—including a work written for a pianist who lost his arm in battle. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $22/16/10/6

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Mark Padmore, tenor; Paul Lewis, piano; 01/18/2019

Mark Padmore, Tenor; Paul Lewis, Piano
Friday, January 18, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The art song "dream team" (New York Times) of British tenor Mark Padmore and compatriot pianist Paul Lewis comes to Middlebury with a stunning program of German lieder, including selections by Brahms, Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, and Schumann's Dichterliebe. "Music making of the highest order by two accomplished individuals who, when working together, create a force to be reckoned with."—Classical Music Sentinel. A Nelson Series event, made possible with additional support from Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30/25/10/6

Photo Marco Borggreve

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Manual Cinema; 01/30/2019

Manual Cinema

Manual Cinema: The End of TV
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Wright Memorial Theatre

Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live-feed cameras, multichannel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the movies into an immersive event created right before your eyes. The End of TV explores the two sides of the American Dream—its technicolor promise through TV advertising, and its failure witnessed in industrial decline. Stay to meet the performers on stage after the show. "This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for...."—New York Times. Tickets: $22/16/10/6

The End of TV was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Christian Sands Trio; 02/22/2019

Christian Sands Trio
Friday, February 22, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Five-time Grammy Award nominee and Steinway artist Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force to be reckoned with. His abundant piano technique perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. "As far as piano trio sets go...no one else in the game can touch [Sands]."—New York Observer. Tickets: $28/22/10/6

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Ragamala Dance; 02/28–03/01/2019

Ragamala Dance Company: Sacred Earth
Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Friday, March 1, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of Kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy's singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man. Ragamala's dancers perform with live music to create a sacred space honoring the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. 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. Tickets: $22/16/10/6


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Alexander Melnikov and Andreas Staier, piano; 03/15/2019

Alexander Melnikov and Andreas Staier, Piano 
Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Intensive chamber music collaborations have always been an essential part of renowned Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov’s work. For his fifth performance at Middlebury, he joins German pianist Andreas Staier—known for his exacting interpretations of keyboard music—to delight us with their all-Schubert program of four-hand works. Their Harmonia Mundi recording of this program has garnered prizes and accolades around the globe. A Nelson Series event, cosponsored by the members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). Reserved seating. Tickets: $30/25/10/6; PASS Members $22/16/8/5

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Associated event:
Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception
Friday, March 15, 2019 – 6:15 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

This festive occasion is a chance for members to gather and celebrate PASS, preview select performances from the upcoming 100th season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass.

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Castalian Quartet; 04/12/2019

Castalian Quartet
Friday, April 12, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Recent winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, Young Classical Artists Trust, and more, the Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice in the international chamber music scene. We welcome the quartet on its U.S. debut tour, with a program including Haydn's Op. 76 No. 2 , Britten's second quartet, and Schubert's Rosamunde. 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. A Nelson Series event. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 PM, Room 221. Free; no tickets required

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Brentano Quartet; Dawn Upshaw, soprano; 04/26/2019

Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, Soprano
Friday, April 26, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The acclaimed Brentano String Quartet—hailed as “passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding” (The Independent, London)—returns to Middlebury, this time joined by five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw. The Brentano Quartet plays Haydn’s Op. 20 No. 2 and Bartók’s second quartet, then joins Upshaw for performances of Schoenberg’s second quartet and Respighi’s Il Tramonto (The Sunset). A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30/25/10/6

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Sophie Shao and Friends; 05/10/2019

Sophie Shao and Friends 
Friday, May 10, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

A perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao has been praised by the World News for her “sensitive, stylistic playing, with great finesse, emotion, and gorgeous tone,” and has amassed an extensive collection of talented musical friends. She returns for her 11th consecutive season with an exciting new ensemble to perform rarely heard double-bass quintets, including Dvořák’s Op. 77 and Offenbach’s Divertimento über Schweizer Lieder, to celebrate Offenbach’s 200th birthday. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 PM, Room 221. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28/22/10/6

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