Performing Arts Series Winter Spring 2022 Season preview image including pictures of multiple musicians, dancers, and actors.

Welcoming Back Audiences for Spring Term

Current guidelines allow for visitors to attend many approved campus events and programs.

  • Full vaccinations and boosters (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks* required.
  • If you have symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 5 days, you may not attend arts events.
  • For further information, please visit the Campus Guide.

Should event circumstances change, we will contact ticket holders and post updates via ArtsMail and our website.

*Masks optional at the Middlebury College Museum of Art

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The Performing Arts Series’ Winter–Spring 2022 season is a dynamic line-up that includes works, words, and performances by women and BIPOC artists; folk/world music; dance and theatre; and a collaborative chamber music concert. Details are to be announced in December.

We are announcing our 102nd season, one semester at a time, to allow for the greatest responsiveness to college and state health guidelines. Email and social media will be our primary mode of communication, so please sign up for our mailing list or like us on facebook. Thank you and we’re looking forward to being all together!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

  • Takács Quartet and Julien Labro, Bandoneón

    We’re thrilled to welcome back the acclaimed Takács Quartet, long-time friends of the Performing Arts Series and “one of the world’s greatest string quartets” (The New York Times) for their 27th appearance at Middlebury. For this unique collaborative concert, the Takács will be joined by Julien Labro, one of the foremost accordion and bandoneon players in both the classical and jazz worlds. His artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer, and arranger have earned him international acclaim.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public
  • David Finckel, Cello; Wu Han, Piano

    Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are not only “chamber music’s busy power couple”(New York Times) but also two of Middlebury’s most frequent and beloved performers. In this video presentation, they’ve invited us into their Westchester home for a French-inspired program of cello sonatas by Saint-Saëns and Franck. Special commentary by the artists and a surprise encore included. Part of our 2022 celebration of the cello. Concert program: Camille Saint-Saëns, Sonata no. 1 in C Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 32 (1872)

    MAC Virtual Stage

    Open to the Public
  • Anikaya Dance Theatre: Conference of the Birds

    Conference of the Birds is an evening-length, multi-media movement theater work inspired by the epic poem of Farid Ud din Attar, embodying modern-day stories of migration. Attar’s The Conference of the Birds is the tale of a group of birds that set off in search of a mythical being, the Simurgh. Many of the birds abandon the quest. When the remaining birds arrive in the land of the Simurgh, they find themselves reflected—they are the very deity they seek.

    Mahaney Arts Center Dance Theatre

    Open to the Public
  • Anikaya Dance Theatre: Conference of the Birds

    Conference of the Birds is an evening-length, multi-media movement theater work inspired by the epic poem of Farid Ud din Attar, embodying modern-day stories of migration. Attar’s The Conference of the Birds is the tale of a group of birds that set off in search of a mythical being, the Simurgh. Many of the birds abandon the quest. When the remaining birds arrive in the land of the Simurgh, they find themselves reflected—they are the very deity they seek.

    Mahaney Arts Center Dance Theatre

    Open to the Public
  • Danú

    Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their Middlebury debut program is sure to warm your spirits in advance of St. Patrick’s Day.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public
  • Actors From The London Stage: Much Ado About Nothing

    One of the most historied Shakespeare theatre companies in the world takes on the Bard’s comedic masterpiece, exploring two wildly different romances, each wrapped in secrets and trickery. Co-founded by Sir Patrick Stewart in 1975, Actors From The London Stage embraces theatrical simplicity at its finest. Five actors take the stage, with minimal props and costumes, and direct themselves in a performance of a complete Shakespeare play, with each actor portraying multiple roles.

    Wright Theatre

    Open to the Public
  • Actors From The London Stage: Much Ado About Nothing

    One of the most historied Shakespeare theatre companies in the world takes on the Bard’s comedic masterpiece, exploring two wildly different romances, each wrapped in secrets and trickery. Co-founded by Sir Patrick Stewart in 1975, Actors From The London Stage embraces theatrical simplicity at its finest. Five actors take the stage, with minimal props and costumes, and direct themselves in a performance of a complete Shakespeare play, with each actor portraying multiple roles.

    Wright Theatre

    Open to the Public
  • Actors From The London Stage: Much Ado About Nothing

    One of the most historied Shakespeare theatre companies in the world takes on the Bard’s comedic masterpiece, exploring two wildly different romances, each wrapped in secrets and trickery. Co-founded by Sir Patrick Stewart in 1975, Actors From The London Stage embraces theatrical simplicity at its finest. Five actors take the stage, with minimal props and costumes, and direct themselves in a performance of a complete Shakespeare play, with each actor portraying multiple roles.

    Wright Theatre

    Open to the Public
  • Nobuntu

    Nobuntu, the dazzling female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Mbube songs to Afro Jazz and Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira, and organic, authentic dance movements. Their traditional Mbube songs (mostly in native languages) center around family, work, faith, and home, and are affirming, authentic, and celebratory. Performance subject to change.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public
  • Zoë Keating, Cello

    Extraordinary Vermont-based cellist and composer Zoë Keating continues our cello celebration with a contemporary lens. A one-woman orchestra, she uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting, and compelling music. Keating has a devoted global audience and her self-released albums have reached #1 several times on the iTunes classical chart. She has composed music for ballet, theater, film, and radio and lends her music regularly to film, tv, dance productions, and commercials.

    MAC Virtual Stage

    Open to the Public
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Musical Heritage: Pablo Casals

    The great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973) stands alone as arguably the most influential and universally revered instrumentalist of all time. He was first cellist in history to recognize Bach’s Six Solo Suites as great music, and the first to record them. This was only one of the musical milestones of this extraordinary man, who not only dominated cello playing for more than half a century, but also served as an uncompromising and indisputable voice of social conscience.

    MAC Virtual Stage

    Open to the Public
  • Sophie Shao, Cello and Anna Polonsky, Piano

    One hundred years ago this week, The Middlebury Campus headline read “Casals Captivates Large Audience: World’s Greatest Cellist Plays in Chapel,” when famed Catalan cellist Pablo Casals appeared during our Performing Arts Series’ third season.  Sophie Shao’s 2022 concert will kick off our yearlong celebration of Casals and the cello.

    MAC Virtual Stage

    Open to the Public
  • Schumann Quartet and Diana Fanning, Piano

    Alumni of the Bowers Program at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Schumann Quartet has been lauded as “one of the most exciting string quartets of the present day” by Fono Forum. Named BBC Music Magazine’s 2016 Best Newcomers of the Year, they make their Middlebury debut with a program including Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor and Ravel’s Quartet in F Major.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public
  • Matthew Whitaker Quartet

    At just 20 years old, jazz keyboardist Matthew Whitaker is a once-in-a-generation musical talent. He’s been performing across the globe since age eleven, opening for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theater. At a tender 13, Whitaker was the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond organs and was soon named a Yamaha Artist, becoming the youngest musician to join their stellar roster of jazz pianists.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public

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