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Previous Season (2011-2012)

 

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September 15–17, Thursday-Saturday

PTP/NYC: Territories

8:00 PM Thursday and Saturday, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

The off-Broadway company PTP/NYC is a theatre powerhouse affiliated with Middlebury College, under the direction of founders Cheryl Faraone, Jim Petosa, and Richard Romagnoli. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, PTP/NYC comes to Middlebury to present two of this year’s offerings. Territories—a double bill of short plays by Steven Dykes—serves up The Spoils, the tale of an army official whose idealism is sorely tested by the women he is tasked with interrogating, and a light gathering of dust, an erotic, darkly humorous study of the damage inflicted on lovers by a state that successfully institutionalized personal betrayal. Directed by Cheryl Faraone. Post-performance discussion with the artists Thursday; 25thanniversary celebration Saturday. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Theatre Program. Tickets: $25/20/6. For mature audiences. More information>>


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PTP/NYC: Spatter Pattern: or How I Got Away with It

8:00 PM Friday and 2:00 pm Saturday, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, PTP/NYC comes to Middlebury to present two of this year’s offerings in repertory. The second program of the weekend, Neal Bell’s Spatter Pattern follows a screenwriter who becomes entangled in the life of a university professor under investigation for a grisly murder. Directed by Jim Petosa. Stay afterward for a post-performance discussion with the artists. Tickets: $25/20/6. For mature audiences. More information>>

 

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October 14, Friday

Paul Lewis, piano

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

Internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Paul Lewis continues his two-year Schubert project, performing all the mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. On this third of five total Middlebury programs, he performs the Wandererfantasie as well as Schubert’s Four Impromptus and Moments Musicaux. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. See associated event May 4.

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October 28, Friday

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Hugo Wolf Quartett

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

Having developed from an ensemble known only to chamber-music-lovers to one of the most sought-after string quartets of its generation, the Hugo Wolf Quartett left our audience on the edge of their seats when last in Middlebury. These “new stars on the quartet heaven” (Der Standard, Vienna) perform works by Mozart and Webern, plus Schubert’s G Major quartet. 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.

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November 18, Friday

Alexander Melnikov, piano

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87, by Dmitri Shostakovich are a masterpiece of the piano repertoire, featuring one each in the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. Acclaimed pianist Alexander Melnikov’s recent disc of the work has been greeted with rave reviews, prizes, and awards, including BBC Music Magazine’s 2011 Instrumental Recording of the Year. It is a rare treat to hear this work in its entirety. Due to the extended nature of this program, please note the early start time; complimentary refreshments are served during the two intermissions. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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December 2, Friday

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Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Julius Drake, piano

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

Winners of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award for their recording of Tchaikovsky Romances, the Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and the world’s most in-demand collaborative pianist, Julius Drake, will perform songs by Schumann, Mahler, and Eisler. “Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does”—BBC Music Magazine. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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January 13, Friday

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Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano

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

“Rachmaninoff asks everything of his pianist: a steely rhythmic sense, coruscating virtuosity, spiritual depth and introspection . . . Rustem Hayroudinoff marshals all these qualities”—BBC Radio 3. Sensationally gifted, Russian pianist Hayroudinoff performs Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Sonata on his Middlebury program. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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February 17, Friday

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Balla Kouyate and World Vision

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

Balla Kouyate is considered to be among the greatest players of the balafon (predecessor to the xylophone) from the griot tradition in Mali. He plays two instruments to get a chromatic scale, which allows him to play any genre and any key. He moves effortlessly and dexterously between the balafons, delivering his signature roulements and complex improvisations. Kouyate is joined in this performance by his ensemble, World Vision, fresh from a recent performance at the Kennedy Center. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Environment and Object in Recent African Art. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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February 21, Tuesday

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Xuefei Yang, guitar

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

Ever since her enchanting Valentine’s Day recital in 2008, our patrons have asked when highly regarded Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang would return to Middlebury. Yang, who can turn “sweet, chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window,” (The Times) treats us to a program of Bach, Regondi, Brouwer, Chopin, and Albeniz’s “Asturias.” Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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March 2, Friday

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Steven Osborne, piano

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

Renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire, pianist Steven Osborne has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2009 Gramophone Award. His most recent recording of the complete works of Ravel has been called the best Ravel cycle on CD by Classic FM Magazine, with “inspired performances with Award Winner written all over them (5 Stars).” Osborne performs an all-Ravel program, including Gaspard de la Nuit, at Middlebury. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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March 9, Friday

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Sophie Shao, cello
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

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

Acclaimed cellist Sophie Shao’s ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles is unparalleled. Joining her on this program is Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, known for her deep musical and emotional commitment to a wide range of repertoire and called “elegant and engaging” by the Wall Street Journal. They perform solo and together, including works by Beethoven, Kirchner, and Franck. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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March 16–17, Friday–Saturday

Abraham in Motion: The Radio Show

8:00 PMeach evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham delves into identity and personal history in 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 the lingering effects of Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia impact a family. He mixes a score with recordings of classic soul and hip-hop with contemporary classical compositions by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto. Residency activity information at http://go.middlebury.edu/performing. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.

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March 21, Wednesday

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Elias String Quartet

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

The Elias String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of its generation. Classic FM Magazine has lauded Elias as “imaginative,” with “full-blooded playing and impeccable ensemble . . . triumphantly dramatic.” In its Vermont debut, Elias plays works by Purcell, Suk, Janáček (the “Kreutzer Sonata”), and Mendelssohn. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating.Tickets: $25/20/6.

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April 13, Friday

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Pavel Haas Quartet

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

The Times of London exclaimed: “The world’s most exciting string quartet? . . . Well, they suit the tagline better than most . . . Their tone is large, quasi-orchestral. They take risks; often they play fast. Above all, they play with passion.” The Pavel Haas return to Middlebury with a program that includes Tchiakovsky’s String Quartet no. 1 in D Major, op. 11; the Shostakovich String Quartet no. 7 in F-sharp Minor, op. 108; and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. 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.

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May 4, Friday

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Paul Lewis, piano

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

Beloved British pianist Paul Lewis’s study of late works of Schubert is already garnering as much praise and attention as his highly acclaimed Beethoven cycle. “Faced with such excellence a mere critic can only abandon paper and pencil and listen to this heroic but deeply moving young artist with awe and amazement”—Gramophone. In this penultimate Schubert program at Middlebury, Lewis delights us with the German Dances, Piano Sonatas nos. 14 and 16 (both in A Minor), and the Allegretto in C Minor. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. See associated event October 14.

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