Steven Osborne, piano; 03/02/2012

Steven Osborne, piano
March 2, Friday  
8:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire, pianist Steven Osborne has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2009 Gramophone Award. His most recent recording of the complete works of Ravel has been called the best Ravel cycle on CD by Classic FM Magazine, with “inspired performances with Award Winner written all over them (5 Stars).” Osborne performs an all-Ravel program, including Gaspard de la Nuit, at Middlebury.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

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Pianist Steven Osborne performs Johannes Brahms Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1 in a March 2005 concert at the Miami International Piano Festival.





Gaspard de la nuit



Menuet sur le nom de Haydn

Maniere Chabrier

Maniere borodin

Serenade Grotesque

Menuet in C# minor

Jeux d’eau


La Valse

Artist Biography

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s foremost musicians, renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett and Britten.  He has won numerous awards and prizes including the 2009 Gramophone Award for his recording of Britten’s works for piano and orchestra, as well as first prize at both the Naumburg International Competition (New York) and Clara Haskil Competition.

Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to orchestras all over the world including recent visits to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum, Finnish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  With these orchestras he has enjoyed collaborations with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ludovic Morlot, Leif Segerstam, Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

In the UK he works regularly with the major orchestras, especially with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.  His concerts are frequently broadcast by the BBC and he performs every year at the Wigmore Hall.  He has made nine appearances at the Proms, most recently in July 2011 when he performed de Falla “Nights in the Gardens of Spain”.

Steven Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publically and critically acclaimed.  He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, de Doelen Rotterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, De Singel, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington and Carnegie Hall.  His regular chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, Dietrich Henschel and Alina Ibragimova.

He begins the 11/12 season with a recital for the International Piano Series at the South Bank Centre.  Orchestral highlights include performances with the London Philharmonic/Jurowski (Prokofiev), Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Adam Fischer (Stravinsky), Royal Flemish Philharmonic/de Waart (Britten), Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon/Morlot (Messiaen), Oregon Symphony Orchestra/Kalmar (Britten) and BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Fischer (Ravel).  Following his highly acclaimed recording of the complete works of Ravel (Hyperion) he will be touring this programme across two concerts during spring 2012 including performances at the Wigmore Hall and at De Singel.

Steven Osborne has won many awards for his recordings on Hyperion.  In addition to the Gramophone Award in 2009 (Britten), his recording of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes was short-listed for a Gramophone Award and won a Schallplattenpreis whilst being chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review, Musical Opinion and The Daily Telegraph: “This is outstanding Rachmaninov playing of acute perception, discretion and poetic sensibility, limpid, powerful and luminous in equal measure.” BBC Music Magazine May 09.  His double CD of works by Tippett was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award and his CD of Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus was also nominated for both a Gramophone Award and a Schallplattenpreis in Germany. Other recordings include Debussy’s complete Preludes, solo works by Alkan, Liszt Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, and solo works by Kapustin which was also nominated for a Schallplattenpreis.  His latest release, Ravel’s complete music for solo piano, was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award.

Born in Scotland in 1971, Steven Osborne studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Artist website

Press Quotes

“You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute … the atmosphere was spellbound” --Daily Telegraph

"If pianos could purr, then the Wigmore’s Steinway would surely have done so, for Osborne stroked it so affectionately, the strings seemed to ring of their own accord…"--The Independent

"The perfectly-voiced piano ,the venue/acoustic, producer and engineer, and an artist who was born to play Ravel combine to make the best Ravel cycle on disc."--Classic FM Magazine

Xuefei Yang, guitar; 02/21/2012

Xuefei Yang, guitar

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Ever since her enchanting Valentine’s Day recital in 2008, our patrons have asked when highly regarded Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang would return to Middlebury. Yang, who can turn “sweet, chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window,” (The Times) treats us to a program of Bach, Regondi, Brouwer, Chopin, and Albeniz’s “Asturias.”

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Xuefei Yang plays "Asturias" by Isaac Albéniz.


BACH Violin Sonata BWV 1001 (arr. Xuefei Yang)

ALBENZ Espana, Seis Hojas de Album Op. 165 (arr. Xuefei Yang)

ALBENIZ Asturias, from Suite Espanola Op. 47


REGONDI Air Varie de l'Opera de Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi


CHOPIN Two Valses (arr. Xuefei Yang)



Artist Biography

Beijing-born, UK-based, Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era where Western music and instruments were banned, she was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career.

Fei’s first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students. She then went on to become the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music

Fei enjoys a truly international career, performing worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and with leading orchestras.   Her success has led her to be invited to many prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Lincoln Center New York and the Herbst Theatre San Francisco. In Asia she has appeared at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and gave the first guitar recital in Beijing National Center of Performing Arts.

During the 2011/12 season, Fei performs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, China National Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In recital she performs throughout the US in San Francisco, Weil Recital Hall New York, Calgary, Boston, Las Vegas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Vermont and Toronto. In addition to solo recitals, Fei performs with the Elias String Quartet and gives duo recitals with cellist Jian Wang. She collaborates with tenor Ian Bostridge in a recital at Wigmore Hall, London.

Fei records exclusively for EMI Classics.  Her debut album, ‘Romance de Amor’, won a gold disc in Hong Kong, & her second, ‘40 Degrees North’, was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine.  Her third was a concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring the music of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez and a new Albeniz Concerto by Stephen Goss commissioned by EMI for Xuefei. Xuefei’s fourth recording, featuring the music of J.S.Bach, will be released by EMI in February 2012.

Fei has also appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour, the BBC Proms, a BBC documentary ‘The Story of Guitar’, and China Central Television, who made a biographical documentary on Fei.

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Press Quotes

"Ms. Yang demonstrates her feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship in repertory ranging from Albeniz to arrangements of Western pop and Asian songs ... Yang's guitar sings as if she had grown up in the shaded courtyards of Andalusia."--The New York Times, April 2007

"Selected as one of Classic FM's "100 Best Artists,"--Classic FM, July 2009

"The guitar world has a new star."--Gramophone, July 2008

Till Fellner, piano; 10/09/2010


Till Fellner, piano
Saturday, October 9, 2010
8:00 P.M.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

With his scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command, Austrian pianist Till Fellner is in demand at all the major music venues. The Washington Post proclaims that this student of Alfred Brendel "plays Beethoven sonatas like a poet." Fellner's Vermont premiere opens the 91st season of the Performing Arts Series with three masterpieces constituting a perfect distillation of Beethoven's famous "third period": Piano Sonatas no. 30 in E, op. 109; no. 31 in A-flat, op. 110; and no. 32 in C Minor, op. 111.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6; on sale to College ID card holders now; on sale to the general public September 13. or 802-443-MIDD (6433)

Till Fellner, piano


BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109

  1. Vivace, ma non troppo
  2. Prestissimo
  3. Gesangvoll, mit innigser Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major for Piano, Op. 110

  1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
  2. Allegro molto
  3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 32 in C minor for Piano, Op. 111

  1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
  2. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Artist Biography

Till Fellner, piano

Till Fellner was born in Vienna, where he studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler. Further studies led him to Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.

Mr. Fellner's international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Since then he has performed as guest artist with many renowned orchestras and at the major music centres of Europe, the United States, and Japan, as well as at prestigious festivals around the world.

He has collaborated with numerous conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Marek Janowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leonard Slatkin, Claudius Traunfellner, Franz Welser-Möst, and Hans Zender.

In the fall of 2010 Mr. Fellner concludes his celebrated cycle of Beethoven sonatas, which has taken him to New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. His recital programme for the new season includes works by Haydn, Schumann, and Liszt, as well as a world premiere of a composition by Kit Armstrong. During the 2010-11 season, Mr. Fellner will place an increasing emphasis on orchestral engagements; he is scheduled to tour South America with the Bamberg Symphony and Jonathan Nott, and Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He will also be appearing as soloist with the Concertgebouw Orkest, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, to name just a few.

Other projects include a European tour with Lisa Batiashvili and Adrian Brendel, with whom he will perform the world premiere of a piano trio by Harrison Birtwistle, as well as lieder recitals of the three Schubert cycles with Mark Padmore.

Till Fellner has numerous recordings to his credit; his most recent release on the ECM label was of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano, as well as the premiere of „Böse Zellen," a piano concerto by Thomas Larcher with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Dennis Russell Davies.

Artist Website:

Press Quotes

"Fellner executes runs of stroboscopic evenness and clarity. The weight dissolves and the architecture dances."--Alex Ross, The New Yorker

"scrupulous musicianship and an intelligence that palpably searches in all directions for stimulus"--Paul Driver, The London Sunday Times

"Till Fellner is turning out to be one of the great musical chameleons."--Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

Previous Season (2010-2011)

Till Fellner

October 9, Saturday

Till Fellner, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

With his scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command, Austrian pianist Till Fellner is in demand at all the major music venues. The Washington Post proclaims that this student of Alfred Brendel "plays Beethoven sonatas like a poet." Fellner's Vermont premiere opens the 91st season of the Performing Arts Series with three masterpieces constituting a perfect distillation of Beethoven's famous "third period": Piano Sonatas no. 30 in E, op. 109; no. 31 in A-flat, op. 110; and no. 32 in C Minor, op. 111. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

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Paul Lewis
October 12, Tuesday

Paul Lewis, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

A volcano grounded pianist Paul Lewis in Europe last spring, preventing him from performing in Middlebury. But he has graciously cleared time in his busy schedule to return and play the repertoire programmed for that recital, including Mozart's Adagio in B Minor, the great Fantasie in C by Schumann, Vallée d'Obermann by Liszt, and Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on February 15 and May 1. 

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October 29, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Cellist Sophie Shao and her friends have become perennial favorites of Middlebury audiences, thanks to Shao's ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles of tremendous virtuosic talent. This first of two recitals (the second is March 4) features music by Ravel and piano quintets by Elgar and Schumann. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Tamar Rogoff-Diagnosis of a Faun
October 29-30, Friday-Saturday

Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects:
Diagnosis of a Faun

8:00 P.M. each evening,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Drawing inspiration from Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun and dancer Gregg Mozgala's first-hand experience with cerebral palsy, choreographer Tamar Rogoff creates a creature that simultaneously inhabits two worlds. As Rogoff's faun moves through the seemingly disparate spheres of the operating room and the forest in the company of dancers and doctors, the curse of separation between medicine and art is lifted. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, the Dance Program, VSA Vermont, the Academic Outreach Endowment, the Program in Neuroscience, the Americans with Disabilities Act Office, and the Department of Biology. Visit our event page for additional residency information. 

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Sign Language Interpretation available

Please note: ASL interpretation will be provided for the Saturday evening performance.



Jupiter String Quartet

November 11, Thursday

Jupiter String Quartet

12:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

The Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning Jupiter String Quartet was recently named "one of the strongest young string quartets in the country" by the New York Sun. The Boston Globe has noted "their tone quality is pleasing, their style polished, their equilibrium secure, and their intonation superb." The quartet's lunchtime concert includes Beethoven's op. 18, no. 4; and Schumann's op. 41, no. 3. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. See associated event November 12. 

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Diana Fanning 2010November 12, Friday

Diana Fanning, piano
Jupiter String Quartet
Dieuwke Davydov, cello

8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

Beloved pianist Diana Fanning celebrates 40 years of performing professionally with a special program including Chopin's Nocturne no. 1, Carnaval by Schumann, and the Dvořák Quintet for Piano and Strings, performed with the Jupiter String Quartet. Cellist Dieuwke Davydov makes a special appearance to perform Glazunov's Chant du Menestrel with Fanning. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. See associated event November 11. 

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Christianne Stotijn

November 30, Tuesday

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Joseph Breinl, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

"Among young mezzo-sopranos, Christianne Stotijn is in a class apart; she stamps every note and word with character, and delivers her songs with a lyrical glow that considerably advance Grieg s global warming"-Times, London. Stotijn and Breinl return to Middlebury with a program entitled "Dream Works," featuring songs by Grieg, Brahms, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Nareh Arghamanyan 3

January 21, Friday

Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

According to La Scena Musicale, Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan "meets the daunting demands . . . with a combination of technical bravura, singing tone, and poetic expression." The former Gilmore Rising Star plays a program of Rameau, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Paul Lewis piano 2
February 15, Tuesday

Paul Lewis, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Widely celebrated for his considered and profound interpretations of the classical repertoire, Paul Lewis is recognized internationally as one of today's most distinctive and poetic pianists. This concert commences a two-year cycle of Schubert works and features Schubert's Sonata no.15 in C, Drei Klavierstücke, and Sonata no.17 in D. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on October 12 and May 1. 

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Nathan Laube organist
February 27, Sunday

Nathan Laube, organ

3:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

Curtis Institute of Music graduate Nathan Laube is a rising star among young classical musicians and has quickly become a popular artist on the organ recital circuit. His brilliant playing, audience-friendly programs, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe. This recital celebrates the 40th anniversary of the installation of Mead Chapel's Gress-Miles organ. Professor emeritus of music and College organist Emory Fanning leads a behind-the-scenes organ tour preceding the concert, at 2:15 p.m. Presented by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

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March 4, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Cellist Shao and friends return to Middlebury with a vivid piano trio program featuring works by Schubert, Ravel, and Brahms. "The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they're not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends"-Times Union. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated event October 29. 

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Abbey Theatre - Terminus new
March 12, Saturday

Abbey Theatre, Ireland: TERMINUS

8:00 P.M., Wright Memorial Theatre

A young woman looking for love, a mother seeking atonement, and a serial killer who has sold his soul to the devil are ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world. Playwright and director Mark O'Rowe weaves their interlocking, rhyming monologues into a truly original, gripping drama presented by Ireland's national theatre. Terminus has recently enjoyed hugely successful runs at New York's Public Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "Hilarious, startling, surprisingly touching and enormously satisfying ... a thrill ride"-Irish Times. For mature audiences. A discussion regarding the work immediately follows the performance. The U.S. tour of TERMINUS is supported by Culture Ireland and the Abbey Theatre is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Éalaoín. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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March 18-19, Friday-Saturday

Big Action Performance Ensemble

8:00 P.M. each evening,
Town Hall Theater

In reaction to dance competition reality shows that evaluate who is qualified to dance, Big APE presents Everyone Can Dance, a community-based performance project that celebrates the contagious allure of movement and the dynamic capabilities of the human body. The project includes a statewide tour and a four-week residency with Middlebury College students and local community participants. Visit for additional information. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Town Hall Theater, the Dance Program, and the Committee on the Arts. 

Belcea Quartet
March 24, Thursday

Belcea Quartet

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation. It continues to take the British and international chamber-music circuit by storm, consistently receiving critical acclaim for its performances. In this third performance at Middlebury, the quartet will play Beethoven's op. 132, and Schubert's G Major Quartet. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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April 13, Wednesday

Dubravka Tomsic, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys "something of a cult status among pianophiles" (Gramophone), with performances that convey "heroic power and Olympian vision" (Los Angeles Times), as well as "splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety" (Boston Globe). The only protégé of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein, Tomsic performs a program that includes works by Beethoven and Chopin. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Paul Lewis piano
May 1, Sunday

Paul Lewis, piano

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Pianist Paul Lewis, Gramophone's Instrumentalist of the Year 2008, is a regular guest at Middlebury, as well as at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals. This second installment in Lewis's Schubert project features Schubert's 12 Waltzes, Four Impromptus, Hungarian Melody in B Minor, and Sonata no.18 in G Major. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on October 12 and February 15. 

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Voices/Philip Hamilton '82; 02/27/2010

VOICES featuring Philip Hamilton '82

Saturday, February 27, 2010
8:00 p.m.

McCullough Social Space

Inspired by the power of the voice, Philip Hamilton ’82 creates an original a cappella performance that fuses global rhythms and influences. Voices combines unique, international vocal tones and techniques—such as Tuvan throat singing, Balinese monkey-chanting, and hip-hop’s beat-boxing—with the rich sounds of diverse a cappella singing styles, including doo-wop, Bulgarian choirs, barbershop quartets, South African miners’ songs, and Gregorian chants. An international cast of singers delivers this keynote event for the 2010 Vermont A Cappella Summit. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Vermont A Cappella Summit. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies, and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund. Details on residency activities forthcoming.

Tickets: $24/18/6 or 802-443-MIDD (6433).


Video Sample:

Voices, NYC 2009



To be announced from the stage.

Artist Biographies:


PHILIP HAMILTON '82 (Artistic Director and featured vocalist)

Philip Hamilton is one of the most exciting contemporary vocalist on the international Jazz and World Music stages. He is possessed with a voice that conveys a Warrior's strength, a Blues man's soul, a Romantic's heart and a Muezzin's spirit. Hamilton is a true original, who has performed and recorded with some of the leading musical minds of our time, including the Pat Metheny Group, Spyro Gyra, Steely Dan's Donald Fagan, Gilberto Gil, Mike Stern and John Cage. The New York Times calls his innovative singing and composing style, "contemporary and cutting edge."

His solo performances challenge audiences to redefine the voice and celebrate its limitless potential. The Village Voice noted of a recent Hamilton performance: "Hamilton's masterful voice...presented a tapestry of vocal and musical wonders." His larger ensembles also cross musical boundaries as they take listeners on journeys inspired by the blues, rock, jazz, classical, as well as sounds from around the world. His ensembles, both live and in the studio, have featured some of the music world's best and brightest performers including Greg Osby, Chieli Minucci, John Medeski, Matt Garrison, Bill Evans, Mike Manieri, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstein, Ottmar Liebert and Vernon Reid.

Hamilton is also recognized as a leading contemporary composer of music for dance. The recipient of 2004 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his Body of Work in the field of Composition for Dance, Hamilton creates music that makes the spirit, the soul and the body move. He has composed for the world's leading choreographers and dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ron Brown, Mia Michaels, Ballet Hispanico, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle and Ann Reinking, the Tony award-winning choreographer of Chicago and Fosse. Ezekiel's Wheel, Hamilton's critically acclaimed work with Danny Buraczeski/Jazzdance is hailed as "a modern masterwork" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Harry Bayron


Harry Bayron's credits include Fosse, No Strings at City Center's Encores Series; Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, FL; West Side Story at the Orlando Broadway Theatre as well as Orlando productions of Fame, Ain't Misbehavin', and Crazy For You. His directorial credits include Fame and The Last Five Years at the Studio Theatre of Orlando, FL. He is associated with OYT. He would like to thank his family W.P.B., 102, TRYBE, Debbie, BTP, and God for Guidance & Love. Peace.

Mike Hammond


Mike Hammond's laundry list of accomplishments is an impressive feat for any music artist: personally invited to perform along side Billy Joel; opened for Stevie Wonder in Hawaii, and Diana Ross in Inglewood; and shared a night with Elton John performing for President Vladimir Putin of Russia. He has also shared the stage with such greats as Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle, recorded with 50 cent, and had the privilege of performing for the royal family of Morocco. Mike is releasing his 2 solo CD "ANOMALY" this year 2010.

Anointed S


From the Bronx, New York, vocal percussionist Shaun "Anointed S" Roig baffles beat box veterans and all crowds alike with his alluring percussive rhythms. He's has toured world wide with many theatrical productions & has toured with Alicia Keys on her summer tour of 2002. When asked about his goals he will simply reply, "To innovate beat and sound." When asked about his influences, Anointed S answers, "Jesus Christ & my family!"


Alexander Elisa


Alexander is a New York City native, a graduate of Oberlin College and performer of both stage and screen. He was part of the AUDELCO Award-nominated cast of Black Nativity which ran at The Duke on 42nd Street. Sought after for his resonant bass voice he has been heard in musicals Brother Can You Spare a Dime, operettas The Student Prince and in European concerts with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. He is currently voicing a character in his first animated feature film and was featured in two films that received New York City premieres in 2009.

Sabrina Lastman


Sabrina Lastman is a New York based vocalist, performer, composer & educator born in Uruguay. Drawing from jazz, Latin American, contemporary & experimental music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, she concentrates her work on jazz projects & the creation of interdisciplinary performances combining voice/sound/movement/visuals. She graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Israel.


Dakota Grey


Dakota Grey is based in NYC. She was the lead in the musical Mama I Want to Sing which toured Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Russia. She has also performed with Nelly Furtado, Rihanna and Bilal and can be heard on the soundtrack of the movie, American Gangsta with Diddy & Jay Z.




Sanjay Cherubala


Sanjay Cherubala is trained in South Indian classical music (carnatic vocal and mridangam percussion) and has worked as an accompanist for dancers in the Bharatanatyam tradition. As a member of the vocal research group Weave, he practices harmonic overtone singing and vocal improvisation with and without words. Sanjay also pursues his passion for world music by exploring West African rhythms on the djembe.



Renée Albulario's favorite credits include Rim in Radiant Baby and Betty in The Sound of Plaid (NYU). Regional: Shelly in Hairspray, The King & I, The Adventures of Ezra Jack Keats (Weston Playhouse) and High School Musical 2 (North Carolina Theater). TV: "One Life to Live" (recurring), "Guiding Light." Renée is a proud graduate of New York University, and took part in their Collaborative Arts Project 21 program.


Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano: 01/15/2010

Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano

Friday, January 15, 2010
8:00 p.m.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall


Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano
Young Russian pianist was nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s 2008 Best Instrumental CD of the Year for a “forthright, beautifully weighted” recording of Rachmaninoff works. At Middlebury, he plays Rachmaninoff’s 13 Preludes, op. 32; selections from compatriot Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues; and works by Chopin and Franck. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

Middlebury College press release available here.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6 or 802-443-MIDD (6433).



FRANCK Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18

CHOPIN Ballade No. 4

SHOSTAKOVICH Selections from 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87
No. 2 in A minor
No. 4 in E minor
No. 15 in Db major 


RACHMANINOFF Preludes. Op. 32
No. 1 in C major (Allegro vivace)
No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
No. 3 in E major (Allegro vivace)
No. 4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)
No. 5 in G major (Moderato)
No. 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)
No. 7 in F major (Moderato)
No. 8 in A minor (Vivo)
No. 9 in A major (Allegro moderato)
No. 10 in B minor (Lento)
No. 11 in B major (Allegretto)
No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)
No. 13 in D flat major (Grave - Allegro)

Artist Biography:

Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano

Described by London’s Classic FM Magazine as a “sensationally gifted” musician of “stunning artistry”, Rustem Hayroudinoff graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Lev Naumov, and received his postgraduate degree (DipRAM) at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton.

On hearing his performance, Lazar Berman praised him as ‘a serious artist and master, whose emergence in today’s atmosphere of pseudo-artistic and shallow music-making is specially valuable and welcome.’ His performances have been broadcast on most major classical radio stations, including RTE (Ireland), SBS and ABC (Australia), WFMT-FM (USA), CBC Radio 2 (Canada), Swedish Radio Corporation, NDR (Germany), Television Network of Chicago, Russian National Radio and UK's LBC, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.

Hayroudinoff has recorded for NAMI Records (Japan), Decca and Chandos. His recordings of Shostakovich’s Theatre Music and the Dvořák Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic were greeted with universal acclaim, garnering praise such as “dazzling and… electrically compelling” (Gramophone) and “utterly magical” (Classic FM) and were selected amongst the Best CDs of the Year by BBC Music and the Gramophone magazines respectively. His CD of the Rachmaninoff Complete Preludes was selected by Classic FM Magazine as a part of the ‘four discs essential Rachmaninoff collection’, alongside the recordings by Arthur Rubinstein and André Previn, and the latest recording of the Complete Etudes-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff released in November 2006 became the “Instrumental Choice of the Month” with the BBC Music Magazine.

Rustem Hayroudinoff has performed to great critical acclaim in Japan, his native Russia and Europe. In the UK he has appeared in major concert venues including St. John’s Smith Square, the Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall.  His recital in Chicago was televised and simultaneously broadcast live by over 300 radio stations across the United States. In June-July 2009 he will appear at the Salisbury, Lichfield and Chelsea Festivals in the UK as well as perform a recital and give master classes in Dublin. His 2009-2010 concert schedule includes concerto appearances in Europe and recital debuts in Prague and New York.

Amongst the orchestras Hayroudinoff has recently performed with are the Sofia Symphony, the Osaka Century Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony. In January 2007 he made his debut with the London Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, of which The Independent wrote: “The piano soloist was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia Rustem Hayroudinoff. What a performance this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.” He also appeared in the documentary The Unknown Shostakovich alongside Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev and Maxim Shostakovich. 

His latest recording of the Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine “Best Instrumental CD of the Year 2008 Award”, alongside Mitsuko Uchida and Steven Isserlis. It was also selected as the finest available version on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’.

Rustem Hayroudinoff is a Professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Press Quotes:

"The piano soloist was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia Rustem Hayroudinoff. What a performance this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.” --The Independent, January 2007

"Rachmaninoff asks everything of his pianist: a steely rhythmic sense, coruscating virtuosity, spiritual depth and introspection. Tartar-born Rustem Hayroudinoff marshals all these qualities. His classically contained but never underpowered approach is likely to have delighted the composer-pianist..." --BBC Radio 3, July 2008

“dazzling and… electrically compelling” --Gramophone

“sensationally gifted” musician of “stunning artistry” --Classic FM Magazine


Arts Staff Advocates For Foreign National Visiting Artists

Allison Coyne Carroll (staff, MCFA) spends her free time advocating for simpler immigration and taxation policies for foreign national visiting artists. Allison attended Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and met with Senator Leahy (who is also Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations) to champion for improved visa processing, and ensure Middlebury can continue to present premiere performers from around the globe. (Picture here: )