The Top Ten Language Schools Events - Summer 2017

Please check the College calendar for updates and details. You can find it online at All events are free 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 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Language Schools are upon us, and I invite 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

Chinese School

Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Music from China – Musical Performance

Music From China is a New York-based chamber group playing traditional Chinese instruments in styles ranging from mellow, tuneful classical and folk repertoire to cutting-edge compositions by today’s composers. The ensemble will consist of three players performing on Chinese instruments including the erhu (two-string fiddle), zheng (long zither), pipa (lute), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), ruan (picked guitar), and dizi (bamboo flute).

School of Japanese

Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

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 cuts any student's request into a paper masterpiece. Students from the Rakugo club perform as well, and outside guests are welcome (basic English subtitles are provided).

Spanish School

Mid-July through September, hours vary - Center Gallery, McCullough Student Center

Zarzuela Poster Exhibit – Posters by Alfredo Ramón

The Spanish School is celebrating 100 years this summer! Come browse the collection of Spanish School zarzuela performance posters from past years. The posters were created by Alfredo Ramón, artist and Spanish School Faculty member, and span from the 1970’s through 2000.

Spanish School

Monday, July 17, 8:30 pm. – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Juanito Pascual Flamenco Quartet 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, MN 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 Pascual's website.

The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Friday, July 28, 8 p.m – Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Classical Music Recital

This classical music recital features gifted School of French student musicians performing on a variety of instruments and/or voice.  The concert will be under the direction of our new Music Director, Clementine Dubost.  A reception in the CFA lower lobby will follow the concert.

Portuguese School

Friday, July 28, 9 p.m. – Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Rythms of Brazil--Concert

Take a journey through the rhythms of Brazilian popular music. This concert will feature a rich variety of Brazilian music, including choro, samba, bossa nova, baião, and MPB, with musicians Richard Miller (guitar), Vanderlei Pereira (percussion), Gigi MacLaugjlin (vocals), and Isabella Perazzo Campos (piano). You will witness an authentic Brazilian concert, where the audience also sings the lyrics and dances samba and forró with the abandon of a Carnaval party.

Davis School of Russian

Saturday, August 5, 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!

Visit the Zolotoi Plyos website.

School of Hebrew

Wednesday, August 9, 4:00 p.m. - Axinn Center 229

The Story of the Ancient City—Jerusalem Through the Camera Lens – Lecture by Shimon Lev

The lecture, presented in English, will examine the work of some of Jerusalem's well known photographers from the early century. Shimon Lev will talk about the significance and complexity from the photographer personal view as for the subject, artistic style and capturing the power of the moment. Photos from his exhibit that will reflect the many faces of the city's men, women and children, its sites, buildings, streets and familiar places from 1900-1950. Visit the website for more information.

German School

Thursday, August 10, 8:30 pm - Town Hall Theater, Pre-performance talk (English) at 7:45 p.m.

Friday, August 11, 8:30 pm - Town Hall Theater, Pre-performance talk (English) at 7:45 p.m.*

Marriage of Figaro” - Opera performed by German for Singers students

Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”, a comic opera in four acts that tells the story of how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.

Please note: There are a limited number of $15 tickets for the general public and college ID holders not associated with the German School.

*After the performance, you are invited to a reception in Jackson Gallery with cash bar

German School

August 14-18, hours vary - Davis Family Library, Atrium

500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation - Exhibit

Come visit an exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, created by the students and faculty of the German School. The exhibit will include sound collages, interviews, a computer-based quiz, movable exhibition pieces, visuals and artifacts, and reproductions of Luther’s writings.