Middlebury Language Schools


The Top Ten 2013 Language Schools Events

Please check the College calendar for updates and details. You can find it online at http://go.middlebury.edu/events/. 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.


June 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to enjoy some of the cultural events that take place during the summer Language Schools. As we have done in the past, we have taken the liberty of listing for you what the Language Schools directors and I consider to be some of the special highlights of the session. These highlights, now fondly known as "The Top Ten List," are listed below. I hope to see some of you on these special cultural occasions.

As a reminder, due to Vermont state laws regarding public events, the majority of the events during Language Schools will not be open to the public. Members of the College community are not considered part of the general public and may continue to 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. The "Top Ten" and other advertised events are, of course, open to everyone.

In summer 2013, both the Arabic and Japanese schools 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.


Michael E. Geisler
Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs


Chinese School

Saturday, July 20, 8:00 p.m. – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Music from China Youth Orchestra – Musical Performance

The Music From China Youth Orchestra encourages and nurtures Chinese-American children and youth, and invites all young people interested in Chinese culture to become active participants in Chinese music. Established by the New York-based professional ensemble Music From China and under the training of its Artistic Director Wang Guowei, the Youth Orchestra performs Chinese classical- and folk-inspired arrangements played on traditional instruments consisting of bowed strings (erhu), winds (dizi, huslusi), plucked strings (yangqin, liuqin, zheng, ruan), and percussion.

French School

Friday, July 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Wright Theatre

Chiche L'Afrique – Theatre Performance

Chiche L'Afrique is a one-man show performed by Togolese author and actor Gustave Akakpo, who invites political actors of Françafrique onstage. African leaders, Nicolas Sarkozy, Charles Pasqua, and others are the protagonists of this hilarious spectacle. With its ironic and cheeky tone, Chiche L'Afrique both entertains and provides insight into the situation in Africa, illuminating the consequences of bad governance on its local population. The show has received positive reviews since it was first produced in Paris, in 2011.

German School

Thursday, August  8, 8:00 p.m. – Town Hall Theater.  Pre-performance talk (in English) at 7:30 p.m.

Friday August 9, 8:00 p.m. – Town Hall Theater.  Pre-performance talk (in English) at 7:30 p.m.

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

Die Fledermaus  -- Operetta by Johann Strauß, performed by the students in the German for Singers Program 

As in the past two summers, the carefully selected and talented singers of the German for Singers Program will perform an opera as their culminating project of this summer.  “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) is a mischievous delight, a tale of friendly revenge and mistaken identities with farcical elements and inspired silliness set to a luscious score by Strauß.  No doubt, these elements will again be highlighted for maximum effect by the director and producer of the show, Bettina Matthias, who is the director of the German for Singers Program, and musical director Stefan Rütter.

School of Hebrew

Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. –  Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Gitit Shoval and Ron Druyan Concert

Sponsored by the School of Hebrew. Gitit Shoval, Ron Druyan, Tutti Druyan, and Shaqed Druyan perform renditions of Israeli and American music. Gitit Shoval is one of Israel's singing treasures. She was first discovered at the pre-Eurovision contest of 1979 when she was just 13 years old. Since then, she has performed around the world, both as a solo performer and with various musical ensembles. Gitit has performed on six solo albums, and she has four holiday and children's albums to her credit. Gitit's seventh solo album complements her current show, "From Gershwin to Dylan: The Genius of Jewish Songwriters." In addition to her work for adult audiences, Gitit Shoval has provided the Hebrew voice of many children's characters, including Smurfette, Barbie for Mattel's direct-to-DVD series, Rupert Bear, and many more.

Italian School

Saturday, July 6,  9:00 p.m. – Wright Theatre

A Mediterranean Myth – One-act play 

The Italian School opening performance, A Mediterranean Myth, is a semi-serious tale for a feminine voice performed by Isabella Carloni, faculty member of the Italian School. Carloni is an actress, singer, and songwriter for theatre.

Portuguese School

Saturday, July 27, 9:00 p.m. – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Richard Miller with special guests Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson Concert

Richard Miller and his acoustic guitar bring us music in several rhythmic styles, including Xote and Bossa Nova. Accompanied by Vanderlei Pereira on percussion and Gigi McLaughlin on the accordion, Miller's "Rhythms of Brazil" brings together a combination of styles whose origins span from southeastern to northern Brazil. Grammy nominee, Stacey Kent (vocals), and Jim Tomlinson (saxophone) will be joining Richard on stage.

Davis School of Russian

Sunday,  August 11,  8 p.m. –  McCullough Student Center, Social Space

School of Russian Choir Concert

Directed by Elena Sadina and Sergei Grachev, the School of Russian choir, made up of students, will sing, dance, play folk instruments, and reenact various Russian folk rituals during this exciting performance.

Spanish School

Friday, July 5, 9:30 pm. – McCullough Student Center, Social Space

Chicha Libre Concert (standing room only)

Chicha Libre plays a mixture of Latin rhythms, surf, and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. This band from Brooklyn includes French, American, Venezuelan, and Mexican musicians who mix up covers of Peruvian Chicha with original compositions in French, Spanish, and English; re-interpretations of 70’s pop classics; and cumbia versions of pieces by the likes of Satie, Love, and Wagner. Chicha Libre has performed in Turkey, the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, the U.S., Canada, and Peru. For more information, visit http://www.chichalibre.com/.

Vice-President's Pick

Thursday, July 11, 8:00 p.m. - McCullough Social Space

Le Vent du Nord Musical performance (standing room only)

Le Vent du Nord is the top traditional music group from Québec, performing melodies and stories and exploring multiple cultural music traditions. Since its beginning 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. Le Vent du Nord won the 2011 Juno for best Roots & Traditional Album. http://www.leventdunord.com/en/pages/the-band

Middlebury International Film Festival

Middlebury's International Film Festival is like no other film series. Starting in June, the Language Schools will present a major foreign film on the big screen in Dana Auditorium. The schedule of this year’s film festival can be found here.