The Top Ten Language Schools Events - Summer 2016

Please check the College calendar for updates and details. You can find it online at All events are free to the public except where noted.

The Language Schools receptionist can be reached at 802.443.5510. Please note that crowd management will be in effect at Language Schools events, and venues will be filled only to their stated capacity.

Summer 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Language Schools are upon us, and I wanted to extend an invitation for you to enjoy some of the cultural events taking place this summer. As in past years, we are listing what the Language Schools directors consider to be some of the highlights of the session. Please join us at some of these special cultural occasions.

As a reminder, due to Vermont state laws regarding public events, the majority of the Language Schools activities will not be open to the public. Members of the College community are not considered part of the general public and may attend events of interest—in language, of course. If you would like to bring a guest who is not a member of the College community, please check the events calendar to see if the event is open to the public. If it is not an open event, outside guests are not permitted to attend.

Please note that the Arabic and Italian Schools and School of Korean are located at our West Coast site, at Mills College, in Oakland, California.

The faculty and staff of the Language Schools look forward to seeing you over the course of the summer.


Steve Snyder

Dean of the Language Schools

Spanish School

Thursday, July 14, 8:30 pm. – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Juanito Pascual Flamenco Trío Musical Performance

Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. NPR has called him “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” and Boston Globe describes him as a “flamenco phenom.”

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 26, 1973, Juanito is recognized in both Spain and the United States as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style.  Juanito has performed in many of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, and abroad including the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston's Jordan Hall, Regattabar, Panama Jazz Festival, Mexico City's Eurojazz Festival, and Madrid's Casa Patas. He has been featured in special events including concerts hosted by Jane Goodall in Panama, as a guest musician on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion cruise in the Mediterranean, and as a guest on National Public Radio's "The World" program among other television and radio programs.  In 2009, Juanito made his on-screen debut alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 "Pink Panther 2" film and is a featured soloist on the soundtrack composed by Spanish composer Arturo Cardelus of the 2016 film "Call Me Francesco" by Italian director Daniele Luchetti, about the current Pope.

For more information, visit

School of Japanese

Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. – Wright Memorial Theatre

Rakugo Night 

Rakugo is a traditional Japanese art of storytelling, where performers sit in front of the audience and tell humorous, scary, or moving dramatic stories using vivid facial expressions and body language to convey different characters. At the yearly Rakugo performance, professional Rakugo players perform classic stories while a traditional paper-cutter takes student requests and cuts a piece of paper into a paper masterpiece. Students from the Rakugo club perform as well, and outside guests are welcome (basic English subtitles are provided).

The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Saturday, July 16, Nightfall – Battell Beach

Auguste Renaud-Dormeui, visual artist – Art Performance 

As part of the School of French’s Centennial Celebration, visual artist Auguste Renaud-Dormeuil will give a performance he has previously presented only in Paris and Rome. Using 1,000 candles set our across Battell Beach, and using a computer-assisted graphic, he will replicate an image of the night sky on July 16, 2116, one hundred years from the date of the French School Centennial.


Chinese School

Saturday, July 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Robert A. Jones House/Crossroads Café

50th Anniversary Celebration – Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chinese School, we are hosting a symposium:  A Forum on Best Practices of Chinese Language Education. There will be a morning keynote speech, in English, and afternoon roundtable discussions, mostly in Chinese. Please register (no cost to attend).

Dean’s Pick

Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m. – Town Hall Theater

Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei - Concert

*Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door at

A singing, songwriting, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player, Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before.  Washburn is also armed with Chinese language ability and profound connections to culture and people on the other side of the Pacific. 

Wu Fei, a native of Beijing and a current Middle Tennessee resident, is a master of the guzheng or zheng, a 21-string Chinese zither. She plays zheng beautifully in the instrument’s vernacular–a musical language which is 2,000 to 3,000 years old–and in a contemporary idiosyncratic, experimental dialect.

Together as an entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo, Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei sing & play a selection of songs rooted in traditional Appalachian and Chinese music. From


Portuguese School

Friday, July 29, 9:00 p.m. – Wilson Hall (McCullough)

Rhythms of Brazil Concert

An exuberant and charming concert of Brazilian music with Richard Miller (acoustic guitar), Gigi McLaughlin (voice and percussion), and Vanderlei Pereira (percussion) will bring the energy of Samba and grace of Bossa Nova, and several other rhythms of Brazil, such as xaxado, forró, and baião. A true voyage to the heart and soul of Brazil through its music.

Dean’s Pick

Saturday, July 30, 8:45 pm – MCA Concert Hall

Bodo Wartke – Piano Cabaret, presented by the German School

The German School’s Max Kade artist-in-residence, Bodo Wartke, will perform a piano cabaret. Bodo Wartke, born in 1977, is one of the most famous German music comedians. His songs deal with such diverse topics as love, capitalism, politics, women, society, as well as life in general and in particular. He plays the piano and sings in the musical and acting tradition of Tom Lehrer, Victor Borge, Georg Kreisler and Heinz Erhardt. Bodo has been a music comedian since 1996. He reaches an audience of 80,000 people per year. (Bio courtesy

Davis School of Russian

Saturday, August 6, 8:00 p.m. –  Town Hall Theatre

Zolotoi Plyos Concert

Zolotoi Plyos, will return to campus to sing, dance, play folk instruments, and re-enact various Russian folk rituals during this exciting performance presented annually. Children are most welcome!

Artist website:


German School

Friday, August 12, 8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Theater.  Pre-performance talk (English) at 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, August 13, 8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Theater.  Pre-performance talk (English) at 7:45 p.m.*

Please note: A limited number of $15 tickets will be available for guests who are not College ID holders. College ID holders will need to present their ID cards for free entrance.

“Das Serail”– performed by the students in the German for Singers Program

The German School’s “German for Singers” presents “Das Serail”—a medley of popular “Seraglio-operas” from the 18th century, featuring music by Gluck, Haydn, and Mozart. Though modern audiences around the globe might only be familiar with Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” the setting of the oriental seraglio and stories of abducted Europeans at the mercy of middle-eastern despots abounded in the 17th and 18th centuries and inspired composers to experiment with imagined Middle Eastern sound impressions and effects. This opera project will closely follow Mozart’s famous plot line but also explore the spectrum of musical exoticism, created through the lens of 18th-century European aesthetics, that C.W. Gluck and J. Haydn pioneered prominently before Mozart entered the stage.

In German, with a brief pre-performance lecture in English.

*Reception with cash bar in Byers Studio after the performance.


School of Hebrew

Monday, August 15, 8:30 p.m. –  51 Main

The School of Hebrew Musical Concert Featuring Raz Kohn & Amir Milstein

Born in Israel, the cellist Raz Kohn is currently a member of the Rishon le Zion Symphony Orchestra, and the Rishonim String Quartet.  He is also a music director of the Chamber Music Series at Heichal Hatarbut Rishon le Zion. In 2007 Raz founded the Israeli Schubertiade, and is directing it to this day. Agraduate of Tel Aviv and Yale University, and holds a Doctorate (D.M.A) from SUNY StonyBrook.  

A graduate of the "Rubin Academy of Music" in Jerusalem (jazz and classical flute), and the New England Conservatory (Contemporary Improvisation), Amir Milstein established his career in the world-music scene founding acknowledged ensembles such as Bustan Abraham and Tucan Trio, with which he performs worldwide. His musical background represents a variety of genres including classical, jazz, Mediterranean, Balkan and Latin. He has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Zakir Hussein, Tito Puente, Ross Daly, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, Mikhalis Nikoloudis, and Armandinho Macedo, and, over the last thirty years, has participated in distinguished concert venues and festivals worldwide.

Amir's additional works include original compositions and arrangements for various dance groups and film scores. Amir played in music shows in the Israeli television and has collaborated on numerous albums with Israel's leading artists, such as Matti Caspi, Shlomo Gronich, Gidi Gov, Miki Gavrielov, Leah Shabbat, and many others. Amir currently lives in Boston and teaches at the Department of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory.

Additionally, Uri Hakim will join Raz and Amir on guitar and keyboard.