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Try Zumba® Fitness with Lindsey!

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Try Zumba® Fitness with Lindsey!

Treat yourself to an hour of fun,

easy-to-learn dance moves that will make you SWEAT:

Burn 300-1,000 calories in ONE class!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Starting June 18, 2013

MCA, Dance Studio 109

 

This high-energy fitness dance class features salsa, hip hop,

samba, merengue, mambo, pop, cha cha, reggae ton, pop, cumbia,

belly dance, tango, and more.

Once/week (8) classes for $50* 

*once/week students may attend either day

Twice/week (15) classes for $90*

*skipping July 4th

Drop ins welcome $10

 

The first 20 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of Wellness at Middlebury. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible. 

Register May 13th – June 27th  ~ online at go/tickets, call xMIDD,

or stop by the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts 

Questions? Lindsey Hescock – 388-3381or zumbalindsey@gmail.com

or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258

Pilates & Egoscue Method Mixture Classes with Nina Vila

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Pilates & Egoscue Method

   Mixture Classes with Nina Vila  

Students will gain tremendous strength, flexibility and awareness of alignment!

If you want to enhance your performance in sports, dance or  simply get stronger, attaining

a more correct alignment, this class is for you.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Starting February 19, 2013

MCA, Dance Studio 109

Open to Middlebury College Students/Faculty/Staff

Newcomers Encouraged, try it!

Once/week for $60*         Twice/week for $120

10 weeks total

*once/week students may attend either day

*The first 20 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of Wellness at Middlebury. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID cardholders are not eligible.

Register January 28th – March 1stonline at go/tickets, call xMIDD, or stop by the Box Offices in

McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Questions?  Nina, ninavccp@gmail.com or 388-7400

or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258

Pilates Classes with Nina Vila

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Pilates Classes with Nina Vila

Winter (J) Term Class

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Starting January 8

Mahaney CFA, Dance Studio (room 109)

Twice/week (8 classes total) for $64.00

 

Registration opens Monday, November 26

Register at the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney CFA

Call xMIDD, or go online at www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets

If you need a PE credit this is a great way to get it!

Great for strength, flexibility, and conditioning!

Newcomers welcome.

*must attend all 8 classes to earn credit

Pilates exercises focus on the deep core/torso muscles, with careful attention to breath and alignment of the spine, for a total-body workout.  Classes are open to Middlebury College Students/Faculty/Staff. Registration closes January 8.

Questions?  Nina, ninavccp@gmail.com or 388-7400

or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258

Clifford Symposium on Creativity and Collaboration September 27-29

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Symposium Hosted by the Mahaney Center for the Arts

in Honor of Its 20th Anniversary

Middlebury’s annual Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium kicks off each academic year by giving the campus community rich opportunities to discuss and experience timely topics from many perspectives. This year’s symposium, entitled “Creativity and Collaboration,” is hosted by the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts in honor of its 20th-anniversary season. The Symposium features over 30 events starting September 27, 2012, with an impressive lineup of speakers, performances, and panel discussions, in both arts and non-arts disciplines.

cliffordsymp-keynote-julieburstein-photopavlina_perry                    cliffordsymp-julieburstein-sparkcoverThe opening keynote speech will be delivered by Peabody Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein, author of the acclaimed book “Spark: How Creativity Works,” on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Burstein has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people—interviewing, probing, guiding, and creating public radio programs about them and their work.In her book, she offers a tour through some of creativity’s essential byways, exploring its mysterious workings, and helping us find more of that dimension within ourselves. Her talk will be followed by a book-signing and reception in the lobby, including the original aerial performance “Wire2” by alumni artists Rachel Schiffer ’06.5 and Ben Schiffer ’10.
offthewall-09-28-12-_stieglitz_two_towersCharles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture Kirsten Hoving leads the “Off the Wall” art discussion on Friday, September 28 at 12:15 P.M. at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Hoving will reflect on her collaboration with students in the art history course Alfred Stieglitz and Camera Work, which resulted in the current exhibition “Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, and Company.”
acuriousinvasion-preferred-pearsonwidrig-phototomcaravagliaThe award-winning U.S. choreography duo PearsonWidrig DanceTheater will craft a centerpiece of the Symposium: A Curious Invasion/Middlebury. This new performance will marshal the energy of professional dancers, Middlebury College students, faculty, alumni, and staff to create, a sweeping, site-specific dance work that will travel through the Mahaney Center in four performances throughout the weekend. The event exemplifies the theme of creativity and collaboration by encompassing the contributions of many different artists: collaborations with the Dance Company of Middlebury, live music by Peruvian Japanese composer Pauchi Sasaki, and snippets of the Alumni Solos Project, choreographed by Peter Schmitz, with Paul Matteson ’00, Simon Thomas-Train ’09, Pamela Vail ’90, and Otto Pierce ’13. Versions of A Curious Invasion have been performed in China, Korea, Japan, India, and New Zealand. Performances will take place at 12:30 and 4:30 P.M. on both Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 2012, and they are free and open to the public.
high_line13New York City’s High Line park is the topic of a second keynote, given by former New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and High Line Vice President for Planning and Design Peter Mullan on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line, which is elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for its preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was threatened with demolition. Mullan and Benepe will explain how they and their colleagues collaboratively established the High Line as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.
pinaThe Hirschfield International Film Series will present two screenings of the Oscar-winning dance film “Pina” on Saturday September 29, 2012, at 3:00 and 8:00 P.M. in Dana Auditorium. This incendiary documentary film by Wim Wender explores the life and work of late German choreographer Pina Bausch, while viewers see her company perform her most notable creations, where basic things like water, dirt, and even gravity take on otherworldly qualities. The 3:00 P.M. screening is introduced by Daniel Houghton ’06, visiting lecturer in film and media culture, with a post-show discussion led by Professor of Film and Media Culture Leger Grindon and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen.

 

emersonsq-6_jhenryfairThe esteemed Emerson String Quartet offers a capstone performance to the Symposium on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 8:00 P.M. The Emerson String Quartet has amassed more than 30 acclaimed recordings, 9 Grammy Awards, 3 Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, among other achievements. The list of the quartet’s connections to Middlebury is nearly as long: 31 performances, 4 honorary degrees, and a performance at the Mahaney Center’s opening gala in 1992. Honoring cellist David Finckel’s last season with the Emerson, the Performing Arts Series will present the quartet in Mead Memorial Chapel, where they made their campus debut in 1981. The program will include works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Beethoven (his first “Razumovsky” quartet). Associate Professor Larry Hamberlin will give a preconcert lecture at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $25 for the general public, with discounts available for Middlebury College faculty, staff, students, and other ID card holders, as well as audience members who will also attend the Takács String Quartet concert three days later.

Other Symposium highlights include colloquia in environmental studies and political science; talks and panels on storytelling, economics, poetry, neuroscience, playwriting, and improvisational theater; open art studios, and presentations on jazz, social entrepreneurship, film direction, world music, and the intersection between theater and mathematics. Among the accomplished guest speakers are Dr. W. P. Seeley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bates College and professional sculptor; Oscar-winning film designer Rick Heinrichs of “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Big Lebowski;” filmmakers Markell Kiefer ’96.5, Tyson Lien ’98, and Tenzin Ngawang of “Buddha Prince Backstage;” and video set designer Tim Bartlett ’99 speaking about his collaboration with Middlebury faculty member and composer Su Lian Tan on the chamber opera “Lotus Lives.”

A full schedule of symposium events is posted at http://go.middlebury.edu/clifford.

 

Most events will be held at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, for more information, call 443.3168 or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.


2012–2013 Performing Arts Series Opens with Emerson and Takács String Quartets

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Audiences Will Enjoy Rare Opportunity to Hear Two of America’s Greatest Chamber Ensembles in Rapid Succession on September 29 and October 2, 2012

The Performing Arts Series launches its 93rd season with two of the world’s finest string quartets in back-to-back concerts. The Emerson String Quartet returns to Middlebury for its 32nd campus recital on September 29, playing works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. Just three nights later, the Takács String Quartet will give its 24th Middlebury concert, including works by Schubert, Britten, and Dvořák, on October 2. The Box Office will offer a special package price to help patrons take advantage of this rare convergence of chamber music talent.

Emerson String Quartet

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The Philadelphia Inquirer recently remarked of the Emerson, “few string quartets have regularly displayed such individuality among members—an ideal stance for coloring and differentiating the complex strands of the fugues.” The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets, with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

emersonsq-2_lisa-mariemazzuccoFormed in 1976 and based in New York City, the quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. The ensemble is the Quartet in Residence at Stony Brook University. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, founding members of the Emerson, were joined by violist Lawrence Dutton in 1977 and cellist David Finckel two years later. The ensemble recently announced what will be its first member change in 34 years, when cellist Paul Watkins replaces David Finckel at the end of the 2012–2013 concert season. Finckel, who joined the Emerson Quartet in 1979, and spent many childhood summers locally on Lake Dunmore, will leave the group to devote more time to his personal artistic endeavors. Since first performing at Middlebury College early in their career in 1981, the quartet has presented 31 performances, received 4 honorary degrees, and performed for the Mahaney Center’s opening gala in 1992.

The Emerson String Quartet will perform on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 8:00 P.M., in Mead Memorial Chapel. The program includes Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A major, op. 41, no. 3, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s first “Razumovsky” quartet. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:30 P.M. The concert is supported by the Office of the President, and serves as the capstone performance of the Clifford Symposium on Creativity and Collaboration. Learn more about the symposium at http://go.middlebury.edu/clifford.

Takács Quartet

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Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács String Quartet (Edward Dusinberre, violin; Károly Schranz, violin; Geraldine Walther, viola; and András Fejér, cello) plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame. The ensemble won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

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The Takács Quartet’s award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. In 2005, the Late Beethoven Quartets won Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, and a Japanese Record Academy Award. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy, another Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award, and two further awards from the Japanese Recording Academy. Of their performances and recordings of the Late Quartets, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “The Takács might play this repertoire better than any quartet of the past or present.”

The Takács Quartet will perform on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 7:30 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Their concert program will include Franz Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet, Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet no. 2 in C major, and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” quartet.

Individual tickets to either quartet concert are priced at $25. Concertgoers who purchase tickets to both concerts can take advantage of the special quartet package price of $20 per performance. Discounts are available for Middlebury College faculty, staff, students, alumni, and emeriti. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

Pilates with Nina Vila, Vermont Center for Classical Pilates

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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Starting September 18

MCA, Dance Studio 109

Open to Middlebury College Students/Faculty/Staff

PE credit available

Once/week for $60*         Twice/week for $120

10 weeks total

*once/week students may attend either day

*The first 20 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of Wellness at Middlebury. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible.

Register September 12-28

online at go/tickets, call xMIDD,

or stop by the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Great for strength, flexibility, and conditioning!

Questions? Nina, ninavccp@gmail.com or 388-7400

or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258

Mahaney Center for the Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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The 2012–2013 Arts Season Kicks Off with Campus-wide Symposium on Creativity and Collaboration

The Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a season packed with hundreds of concerts, plays, museum exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. An early highlight of the season is the Clifford Symposium on Creativity and Collaboration, hosted by the Mahaney Center for the Arts on September 27-29, 2012.

CLIFFORD SYMPOSIUM

The annual Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium kicks off each academic year by giving the campus community rich opportunities to discuss and experience timely topics from many perspectives. This year’s symposium, entitled “Creativity and Collaboration” is hosted by the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts in honor of its 20th-anniversary season, and includes over 30 arts activities and events, all open to the public. Peabody Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein, author of the acclaimed book “Spark: How Creativity Works,” offers the opening keynote speech on Thursday, September 27. New York City’s High Line park is the topic of a second keynote, given by former New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and High Line Vice President for Planning and Design Peter Mullan on Friday, September 28. PearsonWidrig DanceTheater marshalls the energy of professional dancers, Middlebury College students, faculty, alumni, and staff to create A Curious Invasion, a sweeping, site-specific dance work that will travel through the Mahaney Center in four performances on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. Other Symposium highlights include two screenings of the Oscar-winning dance film Pina on Saturday September 29 at Dana Auditorium, a capstone performance by the Emerson String Quartet on Saturday, September 29 in Mead Chapel, and much more. A full schedule of symposium events is posted at http://go.middlebury.edu/clifford.

PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

The 93rd season of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series includes an impressive list of world-class national and international performers. String quartets continue to be a hallmark of the Series, with concerts by the legendary Takács Quartet (October 2, 2012), two free performances by the prize-winning Jupiter String Quartet (November 29 and 30, 2012), and a free concert by BBC New Generation Artists, the Escher String Quartet (March 8, 2013). Pianists Paul Lewis (October 26, 2012), Shai Wosner (February 13, 2013), and Rafal Blechacz (April 23, 2013) uphold the Series’ excellent tradition of solo piano repertoire.

The Performing Arts Series is not limited to just music—theatre and dance play an important part of the season as well. In January, acclaimed theatre company the Rude Mechanicals comes to Middlebury for a week of residency activities with students, and two performances of their daring work The Method Gun (January 18 and 19). Inspirit Dance Company returns to campus in March with The Opulence of Integrity, (March 15 and 16,), a powerful new work inspired by the life and legend of Muhammad Ali. Tickets for the Performing Arts Series go on sale to the general public September 17.

The Series also launches the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) this year. Supporters of the performing arts will uphold the tradition of excellent concerts, plays, and dance events. Member benefits include receptions, invitations to special events with the artists, and priority ticket processing. Tickets will be made available to PASS members on September 10, a week before the general public. Information is available at http://go.middlebury.edu/PASS.

MUSEUM

On September 3, the Middlebury College Museum of Art reopened after a summer renovation. The major fall exhibition China Modern: Designing 20th-Century Popular Culture opens September 14. This vast exhibition takes an in-depth look at the rich tradition of Chinese designs and styles in advertising, packaging, and promotional art for cinema, music, comic books, pulp fiction, fashion, games, and toys. These iconic images chronicle China’s changing attitudes and identity and its transition to a giant commercial superpower.

The new year heralds the arrival of the much-anticipated exhibition Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context, opening February 8. Burtynsky’s iconic photographs of the quarries of Vermont are explored within the context of the geological and social history of the area, including the Italian immigrant stoneworkers in the granite quarries near Barre. A series of related public talks and special events will expand viewers’ perspective on the exhibition, including a day trip to the Rock of Ages Quarry on September 22. Co-curators Juliette Bianco and Pieter Broucke give the celebratory opening lecture on February 12. Edward Burtynsky himself gives an artist talk on March 14.

Other exhibitions this season include Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, and Company, (September 4–October 28); Oliphant: Editorial Cartoons and the American Presidency, 1968–2007, (October 30–December 9), and Linear Thinking: Sol Lewitt, Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary Art from the Collection, (February 8–May 5). Museum admission is free.

THEATRE

The Theatre Program opens their season with contemporary American playwright Gina Gianfreddo’s biting coming-of-age comedy U.S. Drag, directed by Alex Draper ’88, on October 25–27. The play follows two stylish but vapid young women who move to Manhattan in search of love, happiness, and stardom.

Later this fall, Cheryl Faraone directs Shakespeare’s As You Like It, November 15–17. This melancholy tale of love and exile is set in the early part of the 20th century, as the old world tips forever into the new. Spring term productions will include Sham Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Richare Romagnoli (April 11–13), and the Inaugural Middlebury New Play Festival, directed by guest artist Andrew Smith ’97.5 (April 25–27 and May 2–4). Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to each opening night.

DANCE

The Dance Company of Middlebury celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a repertory of diverse and dynamic new works created in collaboration with an accomplished group of artists: artistic director Andrea Olsen, choreographer and educator Catherine Cabeen, musician Kane Mathis, dancer Paul Matteson ’00, cellist David Darling, dance maker Peter Schmitz, and musician Michael Chorney. Under Olsen’s artistic direction, the seven-member company will tour to San Francisco and the Monterey Institute for International Studies following a Middlebury College premiere on January 25 and 26.

Student work is always a focus of the dance program. Seniors Davis Anderson ’13, Jessica Lee ’13, and Hannah Pierce ’13 present their thesis dance concert on April 19 and 20, exploring the intersections between contemporary dance and other interests, from language to literature to the environment.. Tickets for dance program events go on sale two weeks in advance.

MUSIC

The Department of Music presents a rich mix of concerts by students, faculty, and guest artists throughout the coming year. Among the excellent departmental ensembles are the Middlebury College Choir, performing Faure’s Requiem (November 8); the Middlebury College Orchestra (November 17); the Middlebury College-Community Chorus, giving a Thanksgiving concert (November 18); the African Music and Dance Ensemble (November 28); and the Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, playing big band, swing, and jazz music (December 1). The third annual Bach Festival will take place April 26-28, with concerts, interest sessions, and more.

Visiting musicians include Duo Runedako, with a concert featuring multiple keyboard instruments on Monday, October 8. Soprano Deborah Lifton and pianist Charis Dimaras will give a springtime recital including art songs by Strauss and Rachnmaninoff, as well as Middlebury’s own composer and faculty member Su Lian Tan, on Saturday, March 2.

ART HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE

The Department of History of Art and Architecture will sponsor a series of public talks by guest artists and architects throughout the year. The first is Ann Beha of Boston, Massachusetts, whose firm is part of the team responsible for the Center for Arts and Education, a new year-round facility at the Shelburne Museum. Her lecture, “Architecture as Art House; Museums for a New Generation,” will take place on Wednesday, September 19 at Twilight Auditorium.

Other speakers include architect Jorge Silvetti of Machado and Silvetti Associates (October 18), Huey Copeland of Northwestern University, speaking about artist Lorna Simpson’s installation work (November 8), and architect Andrew Freear of Auburn University’s Rural Studio (February 28).

FILM

The Hirschfield International Film Series will present acclaimed foreign and independent films on Saturdays throughout the year at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, free of charge. This year’s series kicks off with Mike Mills’ comedy Beginners, which earned Christopher Plummer a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as an aging father exploring his new gay identity (September 15). Other highlights include Cannes Jury prize-winner A Screaming Man, about a former swimming star in Chad (October 20), and A Separation, the Academy Award-winning Iranian film about a husband and wife who clash about the decision to leave their home country, on November 3.

Special events include a discussion with Chinese director and writer Liu Jiayin, who visits campus in conjunction with the screening of her film Oxhide II on October 27. Shot in real time, the film follows a family as they eat a dinner of dumplings and discuss everyday problems, revealing layers of intricacy behind a seemingly simple premise.

STUDIO ART

Student work is the focus of a series of exhibitions planned for 2012–2013. The first, Living Portraits, on view September 18–25, features oil paintings and ceramic sculptures created in professors Jim Butler’s portraiture class. Student artists present vivid images expressing the personalities of people who have made a difference in their lives. Other fall exhibitions include Environmental/Figurative Interiors (September 26–October 3), Line in Space: Just a Corner of Your Memory Palace (October 10–18), Pinhole Photography (October 30–November 7), The Autumn Campus (November 27–December 6), and Silkscreen Prints (November 28–December 6). These studio art shows are presented in the Johnson Building, and are free and open to the public.

For more information, or to request a 2012–2013 Arts Calendar, call 802.443.3168 or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.