Language Schools Top Ten List

July 6, 2009

As is the tradition every summer, we have taken the liberty of listing for you what the Language Schools Directors and Vice President consider to be some of the special highlights of the session.

Please accept this reminder to respect the Language Pledge, a formal commitment on the part of all of our students to speak, listen, read, and write the language of study as the only means of communication for the session.

2009 Top Ten List


Recital: Cynthia Hsiang and Zhimin Han, Saturday July 11, 7:00 p.m., Mahaney CFA Concert Hall

Instrumentalists Cynthia Hsiang and Zhimin Han will present a concert of traditional and contemporary compositions on Chinese flute, pipa, and zither.


Theater: De la race en Amérique, Sunday, July 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theater

Performed by French theater artist Vincent Byrd le Sage, with mise-en-scène by francophone African playwright José Pliya, De la race en Amérique is a French dramatization of the now famous "A More Perfect Union" speech given by Barack Obama in Philadelphia in 2008.


Theater: Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), Sunday, August 9, 8:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theater

This celebrated musical comedy by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill has been translated into 18 languages and performed more than 10,000 times.


International Film Festival: Vals Im Bashir (Waltz with Bashir), Saturday, August 8, 7:00 & 9:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Directed by Ari Folman, Waltz with Bashir was the first animated film to be nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.. The 7:00 p.m. showing will be followed by a discussion led (in English) by Middlebury professor Timi Mayer.


Concert: Julian Gargiulo and Roza Tulyaganov, Saturday, July 25, 9:00-10:30 p.m., Mahaney CFA Concert Hall

Take in an operatic concert featuring dynamic classical pianist Julian Gargiulo and soprano Roza Tulyaganov, whose previous roles have included Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (with Mississippi Opera), Musetta in La Bohème (with Cantiamo Opera Theatre), and Micaëla in Carmen (with the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory).


Performance: Rakugo and Kamikiri, Friday, July 10, 8:00 p.m., Wright Memorial Theater

Rakugo is a traditional Japanese comedic storytelling art in which the performer sits on a cushion on stage and tells a story using only a fan and towel as props. In Kamikiri, the performer receives a request from the audience and then cuts an image out of a plain piece of paper without drawing any outline.


Performance: Capoeira, Sunday, June 28, 9:00 p.m., McCullough Juice Bar

This performance will feature traditional Brazilian Capoeira, an art form that combines elements of martial arts, games, music, and dance. Participants form a circle and take turns playing musical instruments, singing, and ritually sparring in pairs in the center of the circle.


Concert: Tanya Anisimova and Lydia Frumkin, Monday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney CFA Concert Hall

Cellist Tanya Anisimova and pianist Lydia Frumkin will perform a concert of Russian chamber music. Anisimova is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. Frumkin, a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory, is on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.


Concert: La Mar Enfortuna, Friday, July 24, 8:30 p.m., McCullough Social Space

The acclaimed Sephardic-music group from Mexico City will play on original instruments and sing in Judeo-Spanish as they celebrate the splendor and convivencia of the three cultures of Medieval Spain.

VP's Pick

Le Vent Du Nord, Québec's top traditional music group, Thursday, July 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m., McCullough Social Space

Since its inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has exploded onto the folk music scene. The group's first recording, Maudite moisson!, was awarded a prize for traditional album of the year in 2004. Their second album, Les amants du Saint-Laurent, was chosen album of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Come hear them explore multiple cultural and musical traditions through melody, story, and song.

Please check the College calendar for up-to-date times and locations at The Language Schools receptionist can be reached at 802.443.5510.