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Performing Arts Series Announces Spring 2023 Season

The Middlebury Performing Arts Series welcomes Middlebury staff, faculty, and their families to enjoy world-class performances right in our own backyard. Discounts available for Midd ID card holders. Many events are streamed, with a 48-hour window for access, so you don’t have to live nearby or in an eastern time zone to enjoy the events!

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Manual Cinema’s A Christmas Carol: FREE streaming presentation, Dec. 9-11

The Middlebury Performing Arts Series presents a holiday treat: a FREE streaming presentation of Manual Cinema’s A Christmas Carol!

Following up on their smash 2019 presentation at Middlebury, the interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic A Christmas Carol with a visually inventive adaptation made for the screen. In this version, avowed holiday skeptic Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her studio apartment, she reconstructs his annual Christmas Carol puppet show—over a Zoom call while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens’s classic ghost story. This production draws on hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and an original score to create an imaginative reinvention of a cherished holiday tradition. 

This performance will be presented as a virtual screening. Watch from home and create your own holiday memories!

This event is generously supported by Jean Seeler ’60. Thank you!

Free Streaming Tickets

48-hour access available starting Friday, December 9 at 7:30 PM ET.

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Middlebury College’s 37th Anniversary Carillon Series Begins July 1

Free Performances are the Hallmark Sounds of Summer Life on Campus

The beautiful sounds of ringing bells will fill the air again this summer, as the 37th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances in and around the Middlebury Chapel. Each year, musicians from around the world come to Middlebury to perform in the Chapel’s soaring tower, high above the College campus. The series is organized by George Matthew Jr., Middlebury College Carillonneur. All of the concerts are on Fridays and are free and open to the public–rain or shine–and can be enjoyed on the steps of the Chapel or on the surrounding lawns. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

2022 Carillon Series Schedule

  • George Matthew Jr., Carillonneur for Middlebury College and Norwich University: Friday, July 1 at 6:00 P.M.
  • Sergei Gratchev, Instructor, Middlebury College School of Russian: Friday, July 8 at 6:00 P.M.
  • Elena Sadina, Instructor, Middlebury College School of Russian: Friday, July 15 at 6:00 P.M.
  • Amy Heebner ’93: Friday, July 22 at 6:00 P.M.
  • Carla Staffaroni, MA Spanish ’20: Friday, July 29 at 6:00 P.M.
  • Tatiana Lukyanova: Friday, August 5 at 6:00 P.M.
  • George Matthew Jr.: Friday, August 12 at 6:00 P.M.
  • George Matthew Jr.: Friday, August 19 at 3:00 P.M. (please note earlier time, in conjunction with Language Schools Commencement)

About Middlebury’s Carillon

A carillon is a musical instrument typically housed in the bell tower of a church or other municipal building. Its sound is produced by at least 23 cast bronze, cup-shaped bells, which are played serially to produce a melody, or sounded together to play a chord. The carillonneur plays by striking a keyboard with black and white keys and foot pedals that can help produce different kinds of sound. Each key is connected by wire to a bell clapper so different bells are rung depending on which key is struck.

  • It is a 75-step climb up to Middlebury Chapel’s bell tower. With 48 bells, Middlebury’s instrument is considered a traditional carillon.
  • The pitch of Middlebury’s heaviest bell is E in the middle octave. It weighs 2,300 pounds, roughly the same as the Liberty Bell.
  • In 1915, the instrument was begun with 11 bells by the Meneely bell foundry in Watervliet, New York. Nine bells remain from that work.
  • In 1986, the instrument was enlarged to its present size with bells made by Paccard-Fonderie des Cloches in Annecy, France. The enhanced carillon was presented in 1986 as a gift from then Chairman of the Board of Trustees Allen Dragone ’50 and his wife Jane. 27 bells remain from that work.
  • In 2001, 12 bells were recast or replaced by Meeks & Watson of Georgetown, Ohio.
  • One of the bells in Middlebury’s carillon is inscribed with the following quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson: “Ring in the valiant man and free the larger heart, the kindlier hand! Ring out the darkness of the land, ring in the Christ that is to be!”


Middlebury Performing Arts Series: Spring Season

Live, in-person events are back! We plan to welcome on- and off-campus audiences back to the Mahaney Arts Center starting in February. Tickets are on sale now for five performances by international artists– and Middlebury staff and faculty receive discounts for these world-class events right in our own backyard. There’s also an extra gift: one very special virtual concert that’s free and open to all. 

Nobuntu, the sensational female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe
Friday, February 18

Actors From The London Stage: Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday, March 3–Saturday, March 5

Danú, traditional Irish music, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday, March 10

Anikaya Dance: Conference of the Birds
Friday, March 11–Saturday, March 12

Cellist David Finckel and Pianist Wu Han
Friday, April 1 (virtual, free, reservations required)

Takács Quartet and Julien Labro, Bandoneón
Friday, April 22 (live and streaming) 

Current Middlebury College guidelines allow for visitors to attend approved campus events and programs, including Performing Arts Series presentations. Full vaccinations with boosters (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks are required. Read more about the Visitor Policy>>

Of course, performances are always subject to change. In that case, we’ll contact ticket holders directly, and post updates via ArtsMail and our website. Stay in touch, and we hope to see you at the MAC soon.

Performing Arts Series: Fall 2020 Virtual Season (and all free!)

Though the Mahaney Arts Center remains closed to the public due to the pandemic, the show must go on!

The Middlebury Performing Arts Series is proud to announce an all-virtual fall 2020 arts season, with eight concerts by world-class artists, on Friday nights at 7:30. Every event is free and available to all.

The season kicks off on Friday, September 25 with the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds. We invite everyone in the Middlebury community to join us–students, faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and community folks too.

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Watch Allison Coyne Carroll’s video announcement previewing the season>>

Tickets for the 2019-2020 Arts Season on Sale Starting Sept 9

Box Office Opening Day for Middlebury College ID card holders: Monday, September 9 at 8:30 AM
at the Mahaney Arts Center and McCullough Box Offices

Tickets for the 2019–2020 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). This year is the Performing Arts Series’ 100th Anniversary, with plenty of exciting concerts, dance events, theatre, and more. We hope to see YOU in the audience!

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Watch faculty, students, artists, and staff share what the Performing Arts Series means to them>>

Learn more about PASS>> 

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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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