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Middlebury College celebrates dedication of the Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts on center's 15th anniversary

February 21, 2008

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - From Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, March 9, Middlebury College will host a dedication of the Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts and celebration of the center's 15-year anniversary. Events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted, and include lectures, exhibitions, performances, films and a symposium.

Dance Artist in Residence Leyya Tawil will perform as part of the Mahaney Center for the Arts dedication March 6-9.

"Since 1992, the Center for the Arts has enriched the life of the college and its community as a focus and catalyst for thriving programs in the visual and performing arts," said Middlebury College Director of the Arts Glenn Andres. According to Andres, this celebration acknowledges the 15th anniversary of the Center for the Arts and its rededication in honor of 1984 graduate Kevin P. Mahaney in recognition of his generosity and commitment to the arts as a key component of every Middlebury student's education. The events will encompass performances and exhibitions showcasing every arts discipline on campus.

The celebration begins on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Middlebury College student chamber musicians in the Middlebury College Museum of Art, located in Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). The performance is titled "Eloquent Music" and is free and open to the public.

At 7:30 pm., the public is invited to attend a free lecture titled "Green Strategies for Historic Buildings" in Room 304 of Johnson Memorial Building, located on Château Road off College Street (Route 125). Lecturer Jean Carroon is principal for preservation at the Boston architectural firm of Goody Clancy, and a national leader in integrating sustainable design and architectural preservation.

The celebration continues with a Performing Arts Series concert by the young and virtuosic Albers Trio, with acclaimed pianist Pei Yao Wang, on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The group will perform works by Beethoven, Martinu and Brahms. Reserved seating tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors.

A pre-performance dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. Reservations are required. For tickets or dinner reservations, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or www.middlebury.edu/arts.

On Saturday, March 8, the Middlebury College Department of the History of Art and Architecture presents "The Question of Collaboration," this year's Christian A. Johnson Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture. The symposium is free and open to the public and features student and faculty speakers from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

The Hirschfield International Film Series will screen the acclaimed Russian film "4," an apocalyptic journey of three strangers through the dark heart of a new Russia, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, located in Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125). This event is free and open to the public.

The Museum of Art will be open for patrons to view the seasonal exhibitions "Eloquent Vistas: The Art of Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography from the George Eastman House Collection" and "Art Now: Recent Acquisitions in Photography and Film/Video," as well as ongoing exhibitions in the Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art, and Ancient, European, and American works from the permanent collection. Admission is free.

Visitors to the Mahaney Center for the Arts may also enjoy an exhibition of student works from the Middlebury College Program in Studio Art, on view in the lower lobby, and screenings of four student works from the Film and Media Culture Program, in Room 221.

On Saturday evening, activities include the official dedication celebration at 7 p.m. in the upper lobby of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, followed at 8 p.m. by a choice of three performances: the Dick Forman Jazz Group in the Concert Hall; the Middlebury College Theatre Program's cast of alumni and students in "Curtain Up" in the Seeler Studio Theatre; and Leyya Tawil and Dance Elixir contemporary dance in the Dance Theatre, for which tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors - for more information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or visit online at www.middlebury.edu/arts. The Dance Elixir performance will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening as well.

The night culminates with a 10 p.m. to midnight celebration gala in the style of a classic beaux-arts ball throughout the lobbies of the Mahaney Center, accompanied by the lively sounds of the Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, and other musical guests.

Kevin P. Mahaney is the president and chief executive officer of the Olympia Companies, a real estate firm based in Portland, Maine. As a student at Middlebury, Mahaney majored in economics and was a member of the lacrosse team, receiving All-American honors in 1985. Mahaney also earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. A 1992 Olympic silver medalist in sailing, Mahaney has served as a trustee of the University of Maine.

For more information about the events included in the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or visit online at www.middlebury.edu/arts.

To follow is a calendar of events:

Dedication of the Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts
and center's 15th anniversary
March 6-9, 2008

Thursday, March 6
3 p.m. "Eloquent Music"
Middlebury College student chamber musicians play among the nineteenth-century American landscape photographs on view in the current museum exhibition, "Eloquent Vistas: The Art of Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography from the George Eastman House Collection." Free.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

7:30 p.m. "Green Strategies for Historic Buildings"
"The Architecture &." lecture series presents Jean Carroon, AIA, LEED, Principal for Preservation at the Boston architectural firm of Goody Clancy. Carroon, whose projects have included Trinity Church and the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, is a national leader in appropriately integrating sustainable design with architectural preservation. Her lecture is part of the ongoing series exploring issues in design organized as a collaborative venture between Middlebury College and Bread Loaf Corporation. Free.
Room 304, Johnson Memorial Building, located on Château Road off College Street (Route 125)

Friday, March 7
8 p.m. Albers Trio, with pianist Pei Yao Wang
All accomplished soloists, the Albers sisters have flourishing careers as string players. Violist Rebecca played on the Middlebury series last season in a program of chamber music with pianist Wang. Laura Albers (violin) and Julie Albers (cello) complete the trio. The group will perform works by Beethoven, Martinu and Brahms. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $15/12/5. Pre-performance dinner: Rehearsals Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

Saturday, March 8
Ongoing "Exhibition of Studio Art Works"
View landscape paintings, pinhole photographs, projected artwork, sculpture, and large-format photography created by students in the Program in Studio Art. Free.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. "Christian A. Johnson Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture: The Question of Collaboration"
A public symposium presented by Middlebury College Department of History of Art and Architecture faculty and students. Co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art.
Free.
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

12 noon - 5 p.m. "Art Now: Recent Acquisitions in Photography and Film/Video"
For the past eight years, the Project in Contemporary Photography and Film/Video has offered students the opportunity to help select works of art for the museum collection. During the spring, Art Now installations feature videos by Tracy Moffett, Jacco Olivier, and the Swiss team of Fischli and Weiss, along with photographs by Roger Ballen, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Free.
Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury College Museum of Art, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

12 noon - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - midnight "Eloquent Vistas: The Art of Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography from the George Eastman House Collection"
The 78 images in this extraordinary exhibition include daguerreotypes of Niagara Falls, photographs of Civil War battlefields, and spectacular views of expanding railroad lines and the vast American West. All created in the last half of the nineteenth century, by artists like Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, and Carlton E. Watkins, the works were selected from more than 10,000 American landscape images in the collection of the George Eastman House. Free.
Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery, Middlebury College Museum of Art, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

12 noon - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - midnight "European and American Art"
This installation features highlights of the museum's collection of Western art from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. Landscapes by American painters Jasper Cropsey and John Frederick Kensett are on view alongside sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European religious and devotional images and American and European sculpture. Free.
Middlebury College Museum of Art, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

12 noon - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - midnight "Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art"
Featuring recent acquisitions and loans, the exhibition explores a wide range of Asian artistic traditions. Highlights include a sixth-century Chinese gilt bronze figure of Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion, a twelfth-century Indian stone sculpture of Vishnu, an eighteenth-century suit of Japanese armor, and a Japanese Noh robe. The gallery is generously funded by Barbara and Robert P. '64 Youngman. Free.
Middlebury College Museum of Art, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

12 noon - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - midnight "Ancient Mediterranean and Early European Art"
This new installation of the museum's permanent collection features a survey of early Western art, from its origins in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to Classical Antiquity and Europe through the fifteenth century. Highlights include an Egyptian Old Kingdom relief and an early fifteenth-century Italian altarpiece. Free.
Middlebury College Museum of Art, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Film Screening: "4 (Chetyre)"
Director Ilya Khrjanovsky's unique and disturbing film "4 (Chetyre)" is an apocalyptic journey through the dark heart of the new Russia. Three strangers meet in a Moscow bar and spin fantastic stories, all of them lies. They go their separate ways through a landscape filled with modern industrial horrors. In Russian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Russia, 2005, 126 minutes) Free.
Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, located on College Street (Route 125)

7 p.m. "Dedication Ceremony"
Share in a celebratory toast at this dedication ceremony and reception in honor of Kevin P. Mahaney '84. Free.
Upper Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

8 p.m. "Dick Forman Jazz Group"
The Dick Forman Jazz Group (DFJG) delights audiences with its sparkling, straight-ahead, mainstream jazz in celebration of the music that's been called "America's national treasure." Some of the region's top players offer a program of great jazz - from blues to ballads to bebop. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)
 
8 p.m. "Leyya Tawil and Dance Elixir"
An Arab-American artist of Syrian-Palestinian descent, Leyya Tawil is 2007-2008 Dance Artist in Residence at Middlebury. Her company Dance Elixir presents "Capital Life Triptych," a powerful and insightful series that uses choreography grounded in the power, weight, and speed of the human body to investigate three facets of contemporary culture: mass media, political landscaping, and individual stance. For more information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or visit online at www.middlebury.edu/arts. The Dance Elixir performance will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening as well.
Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

8 p.m. "Curtain Up: Scenes, Songs, and Monologues Celebrating Theatre at Middlebury"
The Middlebury College Theatre Program's contribution to the celebration showcases a mix of accomplished alumni and current students. Free.
Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

8 p.m. - midnight "Screening of Film and Media Culture Student Works"
Continuous screenings of four or more student films generated in Film and Media Culture Program classes. Free.
Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

10 p.m. - midnight "15th Anniversary Celebration Beaux-Arts Ball"
After all the performances and symposium activities conclude for the day, join in an after-hours celebration. Dress up, dance to the sounds of the Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble and enjoy festive food and drinks as we toast the dedication of the center and its 15th anniversary season in a "Beaux-Arts" style bash. Free.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

Sunday, March 9
8 p.m. "Leyya Tawil and Dance Elixir"
An Arab-American artist of Syrian-Palestinian descent, Leyya Tawil is 2007-2008 Dance Artist in Residence at Middlebury. Her company Dance Elixir presents "Capital Life Triptych," a powerful and insightful series that uses choreography grounded in the power, weight, and speed of the human body to investigate three facets of contemporary culture: mass media, political landscaping, and individual stance. For more information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or visit online at www.middlebury.edu/arts.
Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30)