Things That Happened, Things To Do—Week of April 22


Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon. As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at

  • Middlebury admissions continue to thrive with a record number of applicants this year. And a record number of admitted students visited campus during Middlebury’s Preview Days last week, enjoying everything from the Spring Student Symposium to a Quidditch demonstration.

  • As any NESCAC athletic director can tell you, Middlebury has always had a strong athletics program. Recently the Burlington Free Press pointed out why that is: it has a stellar athletics department with a dedicated and talented staff.

  • In keeping with the “stellar” theme, Middlebury’s alums fit right in. Time magazine recently released its 2013 list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In the “Pioneers” section is Middlebury’s own Don Yeomans ’64, asteroid hunter. Read about why you can sleep easy at night, thanks to Don.

  • It’s back! The third annual Bach Festival will be held this weekend, April 26–28, featuring guest conductor Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque. The festival kicks off Friday night with the College choir and chamber orchestra at 8:00 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Activities continue all day Saturday, culminating with the Festival Concert in Mead Chapel at 8:00 p.m. Sunday morning area churches will be adding Bach music to their services. Everything is open to the public and it’s all free, except for the Saturday night concert. Come celebrate the music of Johann Sebastian Bach!

  • If jazz is more your thing, the 4:30 Combo will be playing at 51 Main on Thursday night from 8–10:00 p.m. Swing to the music of members of Middlebury’s jazz community!

  • Other activities abound over the next few days. On Thursday at 12:30 p.m. the Woodin ES Colloquium Series continues with the lecture “The Sufficiency Principle: A Key to the Sustainable Future,” given by Katherine Follert Ebner ’87. Friday afternoon is the start of the annual Relay for Life, the all-night fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. And on Saturday both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams begin the NESCAC tournaments with a home-field advantage.

  • And for a unique experience in music, come hear a concert featuring a repertoire of varied East African instruments, vocal selections, and dance. The performance takes place Tuesday, April 30, from 8–10 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall.


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