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Russian Pianist Performs at Middlebury January 13

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Concert Program to Include Bach, Mozart, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff

Sensationally gifted Russian pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff returns to the Performing Arts Series with a public concert on Friday, January 13, at 8 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. His program will include Bach’s Partita No. 2; Mozart’s Sonata in D major, KV 576; Liszt’s Étude d’exécution transcendante No. 10 in F minor and Grande Étude de Paganini “La Campanella;” and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 1 in D minor.

rustem_hayroudinoff3a-credit_ulli_richterHayroudinoff last performed at Middlebury two years ago, in January 2010. His performance of works by Franck, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff was widely acclaimed as a highlight of the 90th anniversary season, prompting series director Paul Nelson to pursue the pianist for a re-engagement.

Hayroudinoff has earned worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful, nuanced performances. BBC Radio 3 commented, “Rachmaninoff asks everything of his pianist: a steely rhythmic sense, coruscating virtuosity, spiritual depth and introspection . . . Rustem Hayroudinoff marshals all these qualities.” After his sold-out January 2010 performance at the Frick Museum in New York City, Vanity Fair exclaimed, “Somebody give Rustem Hayroudinoff directions to Carnegie Hall!” Esteemed Soviet pianist 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.” London’s Classic FM Magazine described Hayroudinoff as a “sensationally gifted” musician of “stunning artistry.”

Hayroudinoff graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Lev Naumov, and received his postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton. His performances have been broadcast on most major classical radio stations around the world. He has recorded for NAMI Records (Japan), Decca, and Chandos. His recordings of Shostakovich’s Theatre Music and the Dvorak 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 as a part of the “four disc essential Rachmaninoff collection,” alongside the recordings by Arthur Rubinstein and André Previn, and the recording of the Complete Études-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff became the Instrumental Choice of the Month with the BBC Music Magazine and was nominated for its Best Instrumental CD of the Year in 2008.

Hayroudinoff has performed to great critical acclaim in Japan, his native Russia, and Europe. His 2011-12 season will include performances of the Dvořák piano concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; recitals in the USA, Mexico, and UK; and chamber music series with the principals of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the U.K. and Germany.

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

Residency activities associated with this performance are made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, which supports opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experience in the performing arts. As part of his Middlebury visit, Hayroudinoff will work with Middlebury College composition students, performing their new works and providing feedback.

The concert by Rustem Hayroudinoff will take place on Friday, January 13, at 8 p.m., at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

New African Music and Dance Ensemble Goes ‘Beyond Drumming’

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Students Explore Musics of Uganda

The new Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble will present their debut concert “Beyond Drumming” on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Directed by Dr. Damascus Kafumbe, the ensemble will highlight the music and culture of Uganda in an hour-long program of instrumental, song, and dance performance.

africaninstruments-fall2011-photovincentajones12The concert will feature students performing original compositions, arrangements of traditional tunes, and dance choreography on a wide range of Ugandan musical instruments, including adungu (bow harps), agwara (side-blown trumpets), akogo (thumb pianos), bucence (reed-box rattles), madinda (xylophones), ndingidi (tube fiddles), ndongo (bowl lyres), ng’oma (drums), and nsaasi (gourd shakers).

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Student performers for this concert will include Alex Eppler ’12, Alexander Tipper ’15, Alexandra Vasquez ’12, Allison Lacroix ’12, Benjamin Goldstein ’12, Carllee James ’13, Christine Valentin ’12, Connie Ruth Sanabria ’12, Dane Verret ’12, Deborah Wakefield ’12, Dominic Matthew Atkatz ’12, Erin Prak ’12, Hannah Clarke ’12, Heather Stefek ’12, Jeremy Cline ’11.5, Kelsey Calhoun ’12, Kira Gordon ’12, Lynn Noble ’11.5, Nathan Kloczko ’12, Rebecca Shaw ’12, Ryan Hershey-Van Horn ’12, Sarah Chapin ’12, Vincent Jones ’12, and Yuan Kang Lim ’12.
damascuskafumbe1Dr. Kafumbe is the newest faculty member in the Department of Music. In addition to directing the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble, he teaches courses in ethnomusicology and world music. Dr. Kafumbe also an expert performer on various East African musical instruments and of numerous East African dance traditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in  music from Makerere University in Uganda (2004) and two graduate degrees in musicology from the Florida State University College of Music (2006 and 2011).
Sponsored by the Department of Music, the concert will be free and open to the general public. For more information, call ext. 3168 or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

Lessons and Carols on December 11

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Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas

Sunday, December 11, 2011, 4 and 7 p.m.
Mead Chapel
40th Anniversary Celebration!

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas has been a special Addison County tradition for 40 years. It is celebrated in historic Mead Chapel. People come from all over the county and state to participate in this joyous community event, filling the chapel for both the 4 and 7 p.m. services. It offers an opportunity for the entire community to sing traditional Christmas music, enjoy the beautiful voices of the College Choir and remember the original meaning of the holiday season.

There is no admission fee, but each year donations are collected for HOPE, Elderly Services, and Addison County Home Health and Hospice.

This year, the Lessons and Carols service will be held on Sunday, December 11. Scriptural readings — or lessons — are read by students, staff, and faculty. Interspersed between the lessons, Advent and Christmas music is performed by the College Choir, under the direction of Jeff Buettner, or sung by the congregation. Organist and Professor of Music Emeritus Emory Fanning provides the accompaniment as well as music before and after the service. The carillon atop the chapel welcomes people with the sound of bells ringing down the hillside. Chaplain Laurie Jordan leads the service.

Special guest performers for this anniversary service include Dan Marcy, a member of the College’s voice faculty, the Snowflake Brass Quartet, and a violin quartet.

The service is based on the Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols that has been celebrated every year at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918, which is broadcast to millions worldwide on Christmas morning through BBC World Service Radio. It was originally planned by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of King’s College Chapel. He had been a World War I British army chaplain, and became a liturgical pioneer who was convinced that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship. Though the music changes each year, the backbone of the service — the prayers and lessons — has remained virtually unchanged since those days.

The first Middlebury service took place in 1971, under the direction of Emory Fanning and Chaplain Charles P. Scott. They were convinced that the college’s music department was up to the challenge and that the community would welcome this colorful and moving celebration. One of the readers that first year was a Middlebury College senior named James H. Douglas (later Vermont governor), who read the Nativity lesson from the second chapter of Luke. Jim will read again on this 40th anniversary.

Middlebury’s Lessons and Carols was made famous by two public television specials. Christmas in Vermont: A Celebration of Lessons and Carols was filmed in 1984. And in 1988, A Vermont Christmas, narrated by actor Burgess Meredith and filmed on location in Middlebury and on the College’s Bread Loaf campus, was produced by Vermont Public Television. Each production was rebroadcast, over several years, by more than 200 public television stations nationally.

Please call the Chaplain’s Office at ext. 5626 with any questions.

Christianne Stotijn Sings Her Middlebury Encore

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Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and the world’s most in-demand collaborative pianist, Julius Drake, will perform together at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, December 2, 2011, at 8 p.m. Both performers are returning artists on the Performing Arts Series. Their concert program will include songs by Schumann, Mahler, and Eisler.

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Winners of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award for their recording of Tchaikovsky Romances, the duo is sought-after in the world’s most prestigious venues. Crackerjack music guide noted, “From her first phrases it was obvious that Christianne Stotijn is an artistic singer with a rich voice which she used to express fully the many emotions in her recital. Whether placing notes on the mask of her face or deep in her chest register she drew us completely into her world…This exciting drama brought pianist Julius Drake to the fore in the significant accompaniment. Throughout the evening his playing was as partner and sure support…”

About Christianne Stotijn

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Mezzo soprano Christianne Stotijn was born in Delft, the Netherlands. Throughout her career, she has won several important prizes including the prestigious 2005/06 ECHO Rising Stars, 2005 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and the Dutch Music Prize in 2008. Stotijn was also a BBC New Generation Artist in 2007. An impassioned performer of lieder, she has performed recitals in many of the world’s premier concert halls with her accompanists Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake, with whom she has had a longstanding and fruitful collaboration. Her recital career has already seen her appear several times at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta, among others. She made her debut at the Philharmonie Berlin performing Schoenberg’s “Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten” with pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

The eminent conductor Bernard Haitink has been an influential figure in Ms. Stotijn’s career. Following her successful performances in Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink invited her for the Mahler 2 with the BBC Proms, Beethoven 9 at the Lucerne Festival, Rückert Lieder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Matthew Passion with the Boston Symphony, as well as Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra.

On the concert and operatic platform, Stotijn has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dallas Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, the Operas of Paris and the Netherlands, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao. BBC Music Magazine describes her as “that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does.”

About Julius Drake

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Pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and in recordings. He has appeared at all the major music centers; recent concerts have taken him to the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Salzburg, Schubertiade, and Tanglewood Music Festivals; to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Philarmonie in Cologne; the Châtelet and Musée de Louvre in Paris; the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna; and Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms in London.

Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000–2003, Drake was also musical director of Deborah Warner’s staging of Janáček’s Diary of One Who Vanished, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and New York. He is appointed artistic director of Leeds Lieder in 2009 and the Machynlleth Festival in Wales from 2009–2011.

Julius Drake’s passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. A series of song recitals, Julius Drake and Friends, in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London, has featured recitals with many outstanding vocal artists including Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sergei Leiferkus, Felicity Lott, Katarina Karneus, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Pregardien, Amanda Roocroft, and Willard White.

In 2010 Julius Drake was appointed Professor at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria and he regularly gives master classes, recently in Amsterdam, Brussels, Oxford, Paris,Vienna and at the Schubert Institut, Baden bei Wien.

Live recordings from recitals at Wigmore Hall London for the “Wigmore Live” label have included concerts with Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Joyce Didonato, Christopher Maltman, Gerald Finley, and Matthew Polenzani. He has made an award-winning series of recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI, including discs of Schumann, Schubert, Henze, Britten, The English Songbook, and La Bonne Chanson. His recent series of recordings with Gerald Finley for Hyperion— Ives, Barber, Schumann, Ravel, and Britten— has been widely acclaimed and Barber Songs and then Schuman Heine Lieder have won both the 2008 and 2009 Gramophone Awards.

The Christianne Stotijn/Julius Drake concert will take place on Friday, December 2, 2011, at 8 p.m., at Mahaney Center for the Arts, in the Concert Hall. A special reception will follow the concert to celebrate series director Paul Nelson’s forty-eight years of teaching Political Science at Middlebury. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students Buy tickets at ext. 6433 or http://boxoffice.middlebury.edu/index.php. For more information, go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

Russian Pianist Performs at Middlebury November 18

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Alexander Melnikov Will Provide a ‘Concert Feast’ of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues

Russian piano sensation Alexander Melnikov makes his Performing Arts Series solo debut with an all-Shostakovich concert program on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. He will play Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87, a tour de force set of works in every major and minor key. This rarely-performed masterpiece pays homage to the genius of Bach.

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Melnikov is an authority on this work; his 2010 recording of the 24 Preludes and Fugues for the  harmonia mundi label was greeted with rave reviews, including Classica Magazine’s 2010 “Choc de Classica” for best recording, and BBC Music Magazine’s 2011 Instrumental Recording of the Year. His interpretation was heralded as an “electrifying and rhapsodic” standard by the New York Times. Despite this recognition, Melnikov remains an exceptionally modest and self-critical artist whose abilities are entirely at the service of the music. After a highly-acclaimed performance at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in November 2010, Melnikov will bring this cycle to Berlin, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Middlebury in the 2011-12 season.

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Born in Moscow in 1973, Melnikov performed Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto at the age of 12 and was heavily influenced by Sviatoslav Richter. His involvement with historically-informed performance began at 18; today, it continues to play an important role in his repertoire.

Chamber music provides an essential complement to Melnikov’s activities. In addition to Isabelle Faust, his colleagues include Alexander Rudin and Jean-Guihen Queyras. He also performs as a member of a wind quintet featuring Teunis van der Zwart (horn), Marcel Ponseele (oboe), Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet) and Javier Zafra (bassoon).

As a recitalist, Melnikov has appeared in halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet, and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra (under Charles Dutoit), Rotterdam Philharmonic (under Velery Gergiev), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

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“Melnikov’s playing has wonderful colour and imagination … His pianissimi are astonishing, with long, meticulously nuanced passages often remaining very, very quiet, while, in the sculpted fugues, the intensification of volume runs to a purposeful plan … Everything is testament to reflection and skill, yet the pianist is not lecturing, but laughing, dreaming, lamenting and dancing.”—Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“His playing is always refined, yet resolutely committed. His great achievement is to be simultaneously conspicuous and discreet, both sensitive and full of character.”—Bavarian radio

The Alexander Melnikov concert will take place on Friday, November 18, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, in the Concert Hall. Due to the extended nature of this program, please note the early start time; complimentary refreshments are served during the two intermissions. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call x-6433 or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/performing/11-12/melnikov-11.

Jeremy Cline Presents ‘Climbing on the World Tree’

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Senior Dance Major Investigates Nature and Spirit

Senior Jeremy Cline ’11.5 will present his thesis dance “Climbing on the World Tree” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre.  A joint major in dance and religion, Cline focuses his work on elements of ritual performance and investigates the nature of our relationships with spirit. Cline, a cast of five dancers, and live musicians explore the many facets of human consciousness through original choreography.

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Cline’s piece is inspired by consideration of the levels of creation, a motif that appears in many religious traditions. The three realms of heaven, earth, and the underworld serve not merely as metaphors, but as actual modes of experience.

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In “Climbing on the World Tree,” dancers Davis Anderson ’13, Jessica Lee ’13, Otto Pierce ’13, Alexandra Vasquez ’12, and Meredith White ’15 seek to embody these different modes of being. Original music by Elias Alexander ’13 and Yuki Takeda ’14 embellish this exploration. Drawing on movement from traditional cultures as well as modern dance, the dancers work as an ensemble to create a world outside of the ordinary. Included in the piece is work on the single-point aerial trapeze. Also known as dance trapeze, this low-hanging apparatus allows for dancing through the air. Expect an evening of unconventional performance as the work reflects on moving realms and our own mental perceptions.

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Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and other ID card holders; and $6 for students. For tickets, go to http://boxoffice.middlebury.edu/index.php. For more information, call x-6433 or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

— Photos: Alan Kimara Dixon

‘The Art of Success’ Plays November 17-19

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Bawdy Drama is Based on the Life of Artist William Hogarth

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Art of Success, written by Nick Dear and directed by Richard Romagnoli, on November 17-19, 2011. Based on the life of artist William Hogarth, this bawdy comedy uncovers the dark underbelly of 1700 s London. The play will be performed Thursday, November 17, Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19, all at 8 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday only, in the Seeler Studio Theatre, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

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Audiences will follow the famous 18th century English painter and engraver William Hogarth through an evening of wild encounters with his wife, mistress, murderess, and even Prime Minister Robert Walpole. The Art of Success is a farcical romp accented by Hogarth’s sexual compulsions and professional ambitions. The correlations between Hogarth’s London of the 1730s and England’s (and America’s) larger cultural complexion at the end of the millennium are uncanny. Rakes, whores, and murderers rub elbows with writers, politicians, and aristocrats in this comic escapade with dramatic overtones—and enough adult content to make the play anything but family entertainment. Frank Rich of the New York Times called the play “a scabrous comedy about the creation, purpose, promotion, merchandising, censorship and government patronage of art.”

The cast includes Max Hoffman ’12, Christo Grabowski ’12, Teddy Anderson ’13, James Connolly ’13, Jake Schwartzwald ’14, Alicia Evancho ’12, Molly O’Keefe ’12.5, Isabel Shill ’12.5, Lindsey Messmore ’11.5, and Emily Rosenkrantz ’11.5. The stage manager is Alan Sutton ’14, with assistant stage managers Sade Williams ’14.5, Victoria Marambio ’14, and Xiyue (Cynthia) Tu ’14. Professor of Theatre and Program Chair Mark Evancho designed the lights; Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer/Associate Technical Director Hallie Zieselman designed the set; and Artist in Residence and Costume Designer Jule Emerson designed the costumes.

A Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion about The Art of Success will take place on Thursday, November 15, at 12:30 P.M., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre. Director Richard Romagnoli will introduce the play and speak about the inspirations for the Middlebury production; members of the cast and crew will share insights on their work. Lunch is provided free of charge for Middlebury College ID card holders; pay-as-you-can community donations are accepted.

The Art of Success is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti, and $6 for Middlebury College students. For the Box Office, call x-6433 or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets.