The Middlebury Performing Arts Series, celebrating its 101st anniversary season this year, is Vermont’s longest-running performance series.

In the spring of 1919, the Middlebury College trustees had a vision for an Entertainment and Lecture Series designed to bring “outside talent of a better class for the entertainment and education of Middlebury students.” The Middlebury Campus  remarked that this new program would alleviate some of the difficulty of being “300 miles from Broadway.” 

Since then, we’ve invited the world’s most talented and sought-after artists to our small campus—to perform programs that rival those in major cities—for more than 1,100 performances to date.

The Performing Arts Series’ mission is to enhance Middlebury’s curriculum and ignite cultural and creative exploration by presenting a diverse spectrum of world class performances and residencies to the greater Middlebury community.

Past Featured Artists

Yo-Yo Ma

Murray Perahia

Pearl Primas

Von Trapp Family Singers

Emanuel Ax

Emerson String Quartet

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Urban Bushwomen

Paul Robeson

The Acting Company

Nat’l. Theatre of the Deaf

Oscar Peterson

Ravi Shankar

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Pablo Casals

Andres Segovia

Harlem Spiritual Ensemble

The Kronos Quartet

Takacs String Quartet

Wynton Marsalis and

Lincoln Center Jazz

Canadian Brass

Takács Quartet

Mark O’Connor

Steve Reich

Paul Lewis

Kyle Abraham/A.I.M.

The King’s Singers

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