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Previous Season: 2009-2010 (90th Anniversary)

Aaron DiehlSeptember 18, Friday
Aaron Diehl Trio

8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the most promising discovery that Wynton Marsalis has made since Eric Reed,” Juilliard grad Aaron Diehl’s distinctive piano interpretations of the music of Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, and other jazz masters pay homage to the tradition while establishing his own original voice. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
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Press release available.

 


 

 Waiting for Godot

September 22–23,
Tuesday–Wednesday
Classical Theatre of Harlem: Waiting for Godot
7:30 p.m.,
Wright Memorial Theatre

The Classical Theatre of Harlem reinvents Samuel Beckett’s seminal work with an imaginative production set in a post-Hurricane-Katrina landscape. After a highly acclaimed 2006 run in New York City, the production travelled to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward for a series of free outdoor performances that spurred nationwide dialogue on race, class, and the agony of waiting. Directed by Christopher McElroen. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Office for Institutional Planning and Diversity. Tickets: $24/18/6
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Press release available.

Additional events in conjunction with this residency:
September 22, Tuesday
“Portraits of Home” by Dane Verret ’12
Opening Reception
4:30 P.M., McCullough, Center Gallery
In this series of nine black and white photographs, Middlebury College sophomore Dane Verret explores his home city of New Orleans in a photo-documentary style. Through photographs as varied as an intimate family scene in a kitchen, streetscapes of the city’s iconic Bourbon Street, and images of grave sites taken one year after Katrina, Verret frames his own view of New Orleans’ beauty, and expresses what home means to him. The photos are accompanied by original poetry. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College. Refreshments will be served. Free

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Waiting for Godot ... After Katrina: A Conversation about Art and Activism with The Classical Theatre of Harlem
1:30 P.M., Wright Memorial Theatre
Members of the Classical Theatre of Harlem will lead a discussion about site-specific and political theatre, and share images from their post--Hurricane Katrina run of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, performed outdoors in the devastated Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Free


 

Emerson String Quartet

October 2, Friday
Emerson String Quartet
8:00 p.m., Mead Memorial Chapel

The Campus’s February 1981 review of the Emerson’s Middlebury premiere was titled “Emerson Quartet leaves crowd spellbound.” The Quartet—named after New England’s Ralph Waldo Emerson—plays its 31st Middlebury program, beginning with New Englander Charles Ives’s first quartet and followed with quartets by Beethoven (The Harp) and Mendelssohn. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, established by the late Dr. F. William Sunderman of Philadelphia. Free; no tickets required.
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Press release available.

 


 

INSPIRIT dance

October 16–17, Friday–Saturday
INSPIRIT
8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Founder and artistic director Christal Brown presents and performs with INSPIRIT, a dance company that creates contemporary works imbued with spiritual exuberance, ancestral strength, and startling insight. The rich movement vocabulary draws from the ensemble’s wide-ranging experiences, from postmodern forms to traditional West African dance, from ballet to yoga. “Evoking the strength of the ancestors and the sassiness of today’s feminists/womanists”—Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Post-performance discussion Friday. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Tickets: $24/18/6
Additional information here.

Additional events in conjunction with this residency:
October 15, Thursday
Dance Residency Activities with INSPIRIT
See times listed below; MCFA, Dance Theatre
Join founder and artistic director Christal Brown and other company members of INSPIRIT for residency activities that precede their public performance Friday and Saturday nights. Pre-registration required, contact dance@middlebury.edu.
9:30-10:45 A.M. Master class, Advanced Beginning level
12:30-1:15 P.M. DanceTalk with the choreographer and company members (see below)
3:00-4:15 P.M. Master class, Beginning level

October 15, Thursday
DanceTalk: Christal Brown and INSPIRIT, a dance company
12:30-1:15 P.M., Mahaney CFA, Dance Theatre
Christal Brown and members of INSPIRIT will show excerpts from their upcoming concert and discuss their mission and creative process. Free


 

Pavel Haas Quartet

November 6, Friday
Pavel Haas Quartet
8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Immediately after their passionate, insightful, and well-received 2008 Middlebury recital, we re-engaged the young Pavel Haas Quartet to return this fall to perform Britten’s Divertimenti, the Ravel Quartet, and Dvořák’s op. 106 in G Major. A pre-concert lecture on the 90-year history of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series begins at 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
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Alina Ibragimova, violin

November 12, Thursday
Alina Ibragimova, violin
7:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Many renowned violinists (Mark Kaplan, Hillary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Julia Fischer, Arabella Steinbacher) have played unaccompanied Bach at Middlebury, always including the monumental Chaconne from the second partita. Highly acclaimed rising star Alina Ibragimova plays the second partita—including the Chaconne—as well as the third partita and Bach’s first two sonatas. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
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Press release available.

 


 

Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano

January 15, Friday
Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano
8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Young Russian pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff was nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s 2008 Best Instrumental CD of the Year for a “forthright, beautifully weighted” recording of Rachmaninoff works. At Middlebury, he plays Rachmaninoff’s 13 Preludes, op. 32; selections from compatriot Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues; and works by Chopin and Franck. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
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Press release available.

 


 

Sophie Shao, cello

February 13, Saturday
Sophie Shao & Friends
8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Middlebury audiences can attest to cellist Sophie Shao’s ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles of tremendous young talent—equal to her own—if last year’s rave reviews and standing ovations are an indication. This season’s concert features the much-loved piano quartet by Robert Schumann, as well as piano quartets by Mendelssohn and Fauré. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
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Press release available.

 


 

VOICES featuring Philip Hamilton '82

February 27, Saturday
Voices
Philip Hamilton ’82

8:00 p.m., McCullough Social Space

Inspired by the power of the voice, Philip Hamilton ’82 creates an original a cappella performance that fuses global rhythms and influences. Voices combines unique, international vocal tones and techniques—such as Tuvan throat singing, Balinese monkey-chanting, and hip-hop’s beat-boxing—with the rich sounds of diverse a cappella singing styles, including doo-wop, Bulgarian choirs, barbershop quartets, South African miners’ songs, and Gregorian chants. An international cast of singers delivers this keynote event for the 2010 Vermont A Cappella Summit. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Vermont A Cappella Summit. 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, and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund. Details on residency activities forthcoming. Tickets: $24/18/6
Additional Information here.

 


 

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

March 5, Friday
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
Alexandre Tharaud, piano

8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Philadelphia Inquirer called Queyras and Tharaud’s new CD of Debussy “crackling, spontaneous” and proclaimed them to be “one of Europe’s best chamber music duos.” They play sonatas by Debussy and Schubert (Arpeggionne), Tharaud performs some of Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, and Queyras plays the towering solo sonata by Kodály. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
Additional Information here.


 

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

March 11, Thursday
Strange Democracy: An Evening with Guillermo Gómez-Peña
7:30 p.m., McCullough Social Space

MacArthur Fellow, post-Mexican writer, and border artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña uses acid Chicano humor, hybrid literary genres, multilingualism, and activist theory as subversive strategies. Described by renowned theatre director Peter Sellars as “one of the handful of great performance artists in America today,” Gómez-Peña creates spoken-word works that defy description. Critics have called it “Chicano cyber-punk performance,” “ethno-techno art,” and “magnificent, melodramatic, robustly hilarious, and precisely, exquisitely witty.” Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Dance Program, the Office of Institutional Planning and Diversity, the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership, and the Committee on the Arts.  Tickets: $24/18/6

Visit http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/performing/GGP_10 for additional information and details on residency activities.


 

Hugo Wolf Quartett

March 12, Friday
Hugo Wolf Quartett
8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Within just a few short years, the Hugo Wolf Quartett has developed from a chamber-music-lover’s insider tip to one of the most sought after string quartets of its generation. At Middlebury, the quartet performs works with deep Viennese connections by Mozart, Webern, and Schubert (Death and the Maiden). A pre-concert lecture by professors Jay West and Greg Vitercik begins at 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6

Additional information here.


 

Richard Goode, piano

April 4, Sunday
Richard Goode, piano
4:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Pianist Richard Goode has been hailed for making music with tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of classical and Romantic music. He returns to Middlebury, on Easter Sunday, with a program that includes works by Haydn and Schumann. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6

 

*NEW! Pre-concert Lecture/Demonstration with the Artist, on Haydn's piano sonatas. 3:15 P.M., MCFA, Concert Hall

Additional information here.

 


 

Takács Quartet

April 14, Wednesday
Takács Quartet
7:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Since their first Middlebury performance in 1994, the Takács have become a beloved and highly acclaimed quartet around the globe, and especially here in Middlebury. On this 23rd local recital, they perform Haydn’s op. 71, no. 2; a new work by Psathas titled A Cool Wind, and works by Beethoven. A question-and-answer session with the quartet immediately follows the performance. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6

Update: Second Violinist Károly Schranz is undergoing rotator cuff surgery in March, 2010 and will resume concerts with the Quartet from September, 2010. For their Middlebury concert, Mr. Schranz will be replaced by violinist Lina Bahn of the Corigliano Quartet, an esteemed colleague at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Additional information here.

 


 

Paul Lewis, piano

April 23, Friday
Paul Lewis, piano
8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

* Due to air travel delays across Europe, Mr. Lewis is not able to reach the United States for this much-anticipated concert.  However, Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson has scheduled pianist Hong Xu to perform in his stead this Friday evening.

* UPDATE
Hong Xu, piano
April 23, Friday

 

Hong Xu, piano
8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
A rising star of the classical music scene, Juilliard trained and Honens International Piano Competition Laureate Hong Xu performs works by Mozart, Beethoven, Scriabin, Corigliano and Schubert. The New York Times calls him "...a technically brilliant, insightful musician of seemingly limitless potential." Mr. Xu has graciously agreed to appear at Middlebury in place of British pianist Paul Lewis, who is unable to reach the United States due to the air traffic delays across the European continent.

Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson states, "Before 6 o'clock Monday morning when I called Paul Lewis's management in London and learned his flight to America had been cancelled, I didn't know much about Hong Xu. But he is on the same London roster as Paul Lewis, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Serkin, and Kirell Gerstein-all these pianists have played here-and Till Fellner, who will play here in October. Mr. Xu has recently played at Wigmore Hall in London, the Gold Standard of recital halls in the world (so far as I'm concerned), and they immediately re-engaged him and are planning to produce a live recording of his next recital there. Further, I learned that Mr. Xu had filled in for another pianist on Paul Lewis's management's roster, a Finnish pianist also detained in Europe by the volcano. The venue is in Vancouver, and incidentally, it happens to be the place from which I first learned about Paul Lewis. Hong Xu performed there last Sunday afternoon. Afterward my colleague wrote to the London management, ‘an utterly amazing talent. A wonderful piece of programming.'

Tickets for this Friday's concert will be honored per usual, with this wonderful new performer in place. Questions? Please contact our box office at 802.443.MIDD (6433).

Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6

 

Additional information here.