Featuring Special Guest: ARTEK Early Music Ensemble, New York
Middlebury College Alumna, Gwendolyn Toth '77, director



Friday, April 27, 2012

Opening Gala

6:30 - 8:00 pm
Baroque Dance with members of The New York Baroque Dance Co.
Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Learn and dance a Minuet, Gigue, Bourrée and Double with two members of The New York Baroque Dance Company, or sit and enjoy the spectacle! Live music of J.S. Bach performed by guitarist  Eric Despard.
Light hors d’oeuvres
$ Free

Sponsored by the Office of the President of Middlebury College.

Watch New York Baroque Dance Company’s Artistic Director Catherine Turocy perform Passacaille d'Armide to music from Jean Baptiste Lully's opera, Armide (1686).

8:00 – 10:00 PM
Film Screening: “BACH & friends”
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts
This documentary by Emmy nominated filmmaker Michael Lawrence features interviews and performances by Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Philip Glass, Béla Fleck, Hilary Hahn, Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Manuel Barrueco, Chris Thile, Simone Dinnerstein, Jake Shimabukuro, The Swingle Singers, John Bayless, Matt Haimovitz, Peter Schickele, Richard Stoltzman, Zuill Bailey, Sid Meier, João Carlos Martins, Felix Hell, Mike Hawley, Uri Caine, Tim Page, Charles J. Limb, M.D., Hilda Huang, Anatoly Larkin, John Q. Walker, Harlan Brothers, Andrew Talle and Christoph Wolff. $ Free

"BACH & friends" trailer

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Interest Sessions and Festival Concert

Session 1: Bach’s Teachers: Composers Who Prepared the Way
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Emory Fanning, Professor Emeritus and College Organist
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free

Session 2: Monteverdi and Bach: Imagery and Imagination
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Director of ARTEK and Jeffrey Buettner
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
$ Free

Session 3: Splendour: The Glorious Age of the Cornetto and Trumpet
1:30 – 2:30 PM
James Miller, Baroque Trumpet Specialist
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College

The presentation will show the similarities and differences between the cornetto and the trumpet, with a special emphasis on Bach's use of the trumpet in the Easter Oratorio. Mr. Miller is principle trumpet for the Middlebury Bach Festival.
$ Free

Bach Unplugged
6:00 –7:30 PM
Eric Despard, Guitarist
51 Main
Middlebury, VT 05753
Join classical guitarist Eric Despard as he unravels some of the most popular music by J.S. Bach and others.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase during the performance.

Festival Concert
8:00 PM
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$12/$10/Students Free with Middlebury College ID 

Book IV Madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

ARTEK, Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Director and Harpsichord


Easter Oratorio, “Kommt, eilet und laufet, ihr flüchtigen Füße” BWV 249

ARTEK soloists, Middlebury College Choir and Festival Orchestra
Jeffrey Buettner, Conductor

Sunday, April 29, 2012 

Bach in Middlebury Area Congregations

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Congregational Church of Middlebury UCC
The First Congregational Church of Cornwall
Memorial Baptist Church
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
United Methodist Church of Middlebury

Organ Concert
2:00 PM
Dr. Emory Fanning, Organist
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free

Information on the 2011 Middlebury Bach Festival

Graduating seniors head to American Dance Festival in North Carolina

Dance professor Penny Campbell reports:

Our graduating seniors in Dance are Simon Thomas-Train and Yina Ng. Together they represented the New England region of the American College Dance Festival Association at the National Dance Gala in New York City in the spring of 2008 with their duet, "It needs what we don’t want." In addition to their choreographic work, both received senior work fund grants to support their video work, which both presented in their joint senior concert in April 2009. Both also performed in the debut tour of Artist in Residence Tiffany Rhynard’s professional dance ensemble, Big Action Performance Ensemble, here at Middlebury and at other venues in New England. Simon continued to perform with "Big APE" in March at Town Hall Theatre.

Both Simon and Yina have received merit scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival (not to be confused with ACDFA mentioned above) this coming summer. ADF is the six-week summer dance event that began in 1934 at Bennington College, migrated to Mills and then to Connecticut College for many years before settling at Duke University in North Carolina. It is a premier meeting place for professionals dance in the country and the world.

These two graduating seniors in the Class of 2009, who participated in the Student Research Symposium both by showing excerpts from their duet in McCardell Bicentennial Hall moments before heading down to the Mahaney Center for the Arts for their senior concert, have had a fascinating trajectory together. Both are choreographers and videographers, each with a unique vision and aesthetic. And they are compelling, sparkling performers together. They should be performing their duet right there at graduation!

Because these two have been enormously close, both personally and artistically, it’s fitting that they will split the Mahlingaiah Family Dance Prize this year. Their paired trajectories just keep on trajecting!