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Mahaney Center for the Arts 25th Anniversary Season Announced!

This year, the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with a diverse and exciting array of concerts, plays, exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. As the busiest visual and performing arts facility in Addison County, the Mahaney Center serves as a hub of arts activity for both the College and the surrounding communities. We invite the campus and community to celebrate with us all season long. A highlight of the 2017–2018 season is a kickoff weekend with vertical dance company BANDALOOP, September 15–16.

Middlebury College faculty, staff, students, and other ID card holders are entitled to great discounts AND a chance to buy tickets before the general public.

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Full season listings at

Buy tickets starting September 11 (or September 6 if you’re a PASS member) at go/tickets or xMIDD or in person at the box offices in McCullough and the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

For a print version of the fall Arts brochure, call x3168 or email

Box Office Opening Day for Midd ID cardholders: Wed. 9/16

BoxOffice-TicketArt1Tickets for the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale for Middlebury ID cardholders on Wednesday, September 16, at 8:30 AM. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, emeriti, and other ID cardholders are entitled to special discounts.
Order online at, call xMIDD (6433), or stop by either Box Office location at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office or McCullough.

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2015-16 Arts Season Announced!

MiddleburyArtsCalendar15-16-coverThe Mahaney Center for the Arts opens its 23rd season this September with a diverse and exciting array of concerts, plays, exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. Highlights include the Clifford Symposium The “good” Body; a month-long exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, with related performances and celebrations; and artistic events celebrating 50 years of environmental education and leadership at Middlebury.  Middlebury College faculty, staff, students, and other ID card holders are entitled to great discounts AND a chance to buy tickets before the general public.

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Full season listings at

Buy tickets starting September 16 at go/tickets or xMIDD or in person at the box offices in McCullough and the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

For a print version of the Arts Calendar, call x3168 or email

You Are Invited to the Dedication of Middlebury’s New Steinway Concert Grand Piano on March 1

On Saturday, March 1, the campus community is invited to two special events celebrating the dedication of the College’s new Steinway concert grand piano, given by the Rothrock Family in honor of Jessica and Ron Liebowitz.  Many students, faculty, and staff have already taken an opportunity to get acquainted with this beautiful new instrument.

Polisi, Joseph W.

First, Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, will give a public lecture on “The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience” at 4:30 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Dr. Polisi is a leading college administrator; a writer in the fields of music, public policy, and the arts; and an accomplished bassoonist. Middlebury awarded Polisi an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2010.  Read more at


piano_aloneLater that night, at 8:00 p.m., the Concert Hall will host a festive evening of classical and jazz piano performances by members of the Middlebury College community: Cameron Toh ’17, Shannia Fu ’17, David Heschel Liebowitz, Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Felix Klos ’14 with Dick Forman, and Nathaniel Rothrock ’12.5 with Jeff Buettner. The event will also include the screening of the new video “Selecting a Steinway” by Stephen Diehl and Matt Lennon ’13. A reception will follow the performances.

It’s free, but tickets are required.  Get your tickets at, xMIDD, or by stopping by either Box Office location in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Read more about the piano’s arrival at

FIRST TIME! Middlebury and Amherst Jazz Groups Make Music Together

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble will present a joint concert with the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble on Monday, October 10, at 8 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The evening will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of an historic jazz event. On July 6, 1961, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra met in a New York City recording studio and cut the album entitled “FIRST TIME! The Count Meets the Duke.” It remains one of the few collaborative band albums ever produced.

These two important figures in jazz had great respect for each other, but had not found a way to work together before. At Ellington’s invitation, Basie brought his band into Ellington’s home territory, and recorded on his label, Columbia. Basie remarked that Ellington had always been his idol. The feeling was apparently mutual: Ellington considered Basie “the essence of the essence of the swing.” In setting up the session, Ellington said, “I tried to establish a status of the hostness to the mostness.” In turn, Basie called it “the most wonderful date I ever worked on.”

Now, fifty years later, Middlebury’s Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble has invited the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble to come to town in that same spirit of making incredible, swinging music together.

Bruce Diehl, Jazz@Amherst’s director, and Dick Forman, leader of The Sound Investment, have long looked for ways to get Amherst and Middlebury jazz students together. Finally, with the generous support of the Amherst College Music Department, Diehl will bring the full band and other Amherst jazz students northward for a couple of days of making music together.

The concert will feature a varied program. In a nod to the historic Basie-Ellington album, selections from the Basie-Ellington FIRST TIME! album will be played by the Amherst and Middlebury bands simultaneously. Each ensemble will also perform a few of the numbers they are working on individually. Combos from each school will round out the program. The evening promises to be one of the highlights of Middlebury’s fall jazz programming.

Jazz has been part of the Middlebury experience since 1934, when a group of students formed a big band to play the music that’s been called America’s National Treasure. MIDDJazz, encompassing jazz performance, teaching, and lessons, reflects the continuation of that tradition. The College’s big band, The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble (SIJE), plays the best of contemporary jazz arrangements in addition to celebrating the classic charts of the swing and jazz repertoires. The SIJE features many of the best jazz players on campus. Dick Forman, a mainstay of the Vermont jazz scene and Middlebury’s Director of Jazz Activities, leads the SIJE, as well as an active jazz workshop program which supports the development of smaller groups.

Bruce Diehl, the Director of Amherst’s Jazz Performance program, teaches and performs in a variety of settings. He has developed Jazz @ Amherst to make this music a vital part of the Amherst campus. It has become a strong musical presence in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Like its Middlebury counterpart, the Amherst program has developed a vibrant big band, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, and a very active combo program. The performance program is complemented by courses in jazz history, improvisation and individual instruction.

The joint concert will take place on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM, in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall at Middlebury College. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802.443.3168 or go to

Pilates Classes: OHIC Discount Available for Faculty/Staff

Pilates Classes with Nina Vila of the Vermont Center for Classical Pilates

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 PM, starting September 20

 Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Studio (rm 109)

 Once/week for $60*, twice/week for $120*
(once/week students may attend either day)

* OHIC discount for the first 20 faculty/staff to register!
*The first 20 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of the Optimal Health Initiative. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible.

 Registration opens Tuesday, September 6 at 10:00 AM!
Register at the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney CFA, Call xMIDD, or go online at

Great for strength, flexibility, and conditioning! Pilates exercises focus on the deep core/torso muscles, with careful attention to breath and alignment of the spine, for a total-body workout.  Newcomers welcome.Classes are open to Middlebury College Students/Faculty/Staff. Registration closes September 30.

 Questions?  Nina, or 388-7400 or Liza, or x3169

Tickets Go on Sale September 6 for PTP/NYC: Seating is Limited!

PTP/NYC Brings Off-Broadway to Vermont September 15–17

Acclaimed theatre company with ties to Middlebury College’s theatre program presents two shows from their 25th anniversary season

The Off-Broadway powerhouse PTP/NYC brings two shows to the Mahaney Center for the Arts on September 15–17, 2011. Both evenings of theatre are encore presentations from the company’s landmark 25th anniversary season this summer in New York City.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 6, at the Middlebury College Box Offices, and since seating is limited, all performances are sure to sell out quickly.

The first of the two shows is Territories, a double-bill of short plays by Steven Dykes presented on Thursday, September 15, and Saturday, September 17, both at 8 p.m. Directed by Cheryl Faraone, both plays tell erotic stories of betrayal and voyeurism. The first short play is a light gathering of dust, a highly sexual, darkly humorous study of the damage inflicted on lovers by a government that rewards personal betrayal. The cast of professional actors includes Middlebury College alumni Megan Byrne ’96, Stephanie Janssen ’99, and Alex Draper ’88. Next is The Spoils, the tale of an army official with a romantic’s faith in the power of music. He finds his idealism shattered by the quartet of women who he is tasked with interrogating. The cast includes Gillian Durkee ’12, Cori Hundt ’11, Lilli Stein ’11, Nesba Crenshaw, and Alex Draper ’88. Music for The Spoils was composed by Paul Englishby. Audience members at the Thursday evening performance are invited to stay after the show for a discussion with the artists. A special anniversary reception follows the Saturday night show.

The second presentation of the weekend is Neal Bell’s psychological drama Spatter Pattern: or How I Got Away with It, playing Friday, September 16, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. The play follows a screenwriter who becomes entangled in the life of a university professor under investigation for the grisly murder of one of his students. The cast includes Adam Ludwig ’93, Christo Grabowski ’12, Lucy Van Atta ’12, and Andrew Zox ’05. Spatter Pattern is directed by Jim Petosa. A post-performance discussion with the actors and crew will take place in the theatre both evenings.

The design team for PTP/NYC includes scenic designer Hallie Zieselman, lighting designer Mark Evancho, and costume designers Lilli Stein ’11 (The Spoils) and Emma Ermotti ’12 (a light gathering of dust and Spatter Pattern). Michael Bradley Block is the stage manager.

The Potomac Theatre Project (PTP) was founded at Middlebury College in 1987 by Cheryl Faraone, Richard Romagnoli, and Jim Petosa—a trio of theatre visionaries who recognized the advantage of an alliance between aspiring young theatre students and actively working professionals. Over two and a half decades, the company moved from just outside Washington, DC, at the Olney Theatre Center in Bethesda Maryland to New York City. The company currently spends each summer at the Atlantic Stage 2 in lower Manhattan, where they have come to be known as PTP/NYC.

The company has given undergraduate students the opportunity to work alongside established Equity actors and other professionals doing everything from performing on stage and designing sets to managing company business and marketing. More than 200 Middlebury College students have been PTP company members at some point during or after their college careers. Co-founders Faraone and Romagnoli are professors in the Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance.

The 2011-2012 season marked PTP/NYC’s landmark 25th anniversary, with three critically-acclaimed shows, including the two shows on their way to Middlebury, as well as Howard Barker’s political and human drama Victory: Choices in Reaction. The season featured a dozen alumni actors and stage managers, and an equal number of 2011 and 2012 grads in multiple areas of production and design. The company held a New York celebration of alumni writers, directors, and actors on July 25, called “25 on 25,” with alumni joined in from California, Aruba, and multiple areas of the East Coast for eleven hours of readings, discussions, and extraordinary reunions. The celebration will continue at Middlebury, where a champagne reception will cap off the run of four shows, after the Saturday evening performance. Audiences will be invited to stay after the show to raise a glass of champagne with the cast and crew.

Tickets for Territories and Spatter Pattern are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students.

Tickets for these two shows go on sale at a special, advance date: Tuesday, September 6, at the Middlebury College box offices in McCullough Student Center and the Mahaney Center for the Arts, or by phone at 802-443-MIDD (6433), or online at

For more information, call 802.443.3168 or go to