In the Jackson Gallery

Bolger Painting

Joe Bolger: Landscapes in Oil


January 9 – February 28, 2015

Working mostly with oil in a representational style, Joe excels at capturing light and color in his paintings.  Although Joe focuses mainly on plein air landscapes, he also loves to paint sports scenes, portraits, and figures.  Joe maintains an intense focus on color and changing light conditions in his paintings, each of which seems to capture a unique moment in time. This exhibition will feature landscapes representing all of the seasons in Vermont.

Calendar of Events

MET Opera

The MET’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann

Broadcast Live in HD on the THT Big Screen
January 31st 

Vittorio Grigolo and Matthew Polenzani take turns playing the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. The roles of the three heroines are shared by an impressive lineup of singing actresses, including Hibla Gerzmava, Susanna Phillips, Erin Morley, Audrey Luna, Christine Rice, and Elena Maximova. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and James Levine and Yves Abel conduct Offenbach’s sparkling score.

A free introductory talk about today’s opera will be given by Emmanuel Plasson at 12:15pm. Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Opera Company of Middlebury.

$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 3:46




Josh Panda

Josh Panda and the Hot Damned (presented by Suncommon)

February 6th

Josh Panda is quickly becoming the hottest name in the Vermont music scene. You may have seen him kill it on the THT stage at the Led Zeppelin tribute. Or you may have seen him astound and amaze at Clint Bierman’s Holiday Hootenanny. If you’ve never seen him perform, now’s your chance. Suncommon is sponsoring an evening that is part benefit-concert for the environment, and part solar workshop to turn up the heat on a cold night. Joining Panda is his original band, The Hot Damned, which features Steve Hadeka on drums, Rob O’Dea on Bass, Lowell Thompson on Electric Guitar, and Leon Campos on Keys. 

You may ask yourself, “Why is a solar energy company bringing a musician to town?” Suncommon’s Answer: Why not? Suncommon is a fun, values-led business, and they like to have a good time, with good music, and make the world a better place while doing it.  You can learn more about solar during our Solar Halftime Show or check out


Waltz Night

Waltz Night with the CPO

live music with the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra
February 7th

Join us for an evening of waltzing and music with the Champlain Philharmonic. We will be providing free waltz lessons at 6:15 for anyone who wants to waltz, but doesn’t know how or may need a refresher. The live music starts at 7 pm with Champlain Philharmonic’s small ensembles. At 8 pm, the full orchestra takes the stage to fill the room with sound for your waltzing pleasure. No fancy dress required- come as you are! Dancing is both optional and encouraged. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to dance to the beautiful music of the Champlain Philharmonic. 

Lessons at 6:15
Live music at 7:00




Boeing Boeing

Boeing Boeing

Presented by the Middlebury Community Players

One man, three fiancées! This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features swinging bachelor Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time. This rib-tickling delight is pure comedy, which is why it holds the title of “the most produced French play in the world.”

8 pm, Thu., Feb. 12 – Sat., Feb 14
2 pm, Sun., Feb 15

$12 Thu, $17 Fri- Sun


By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
BOEING BOEING is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


The MET’s Iolanta/ Bluebeard’s Castle

Broadcast live in HD on the THT Big Screen
February 14 

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by a psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

A free introductory talk about today’s opera will be given by Scott Morrison at 11:45 pm. Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Opera Company of Middlebury.

$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 3:39

Refugee All Stars

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

Saturday, February 21

Presented by MUD Talks=Middlebury Underground Discussions

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have one of the most remarkable stories in music.  Decades ago, they were forced to flee their war torn home, to refugee camps in neighboring Guinea. But they persevered through music. Ten years and four albums later, they’ve evolved to become one of Africa’s most recognized bands. Today, they tour the world’s biggest stages, recognized by legends like Paul McCartney and Angelina Jolie—they’ve played with Aerosmith and Bonnie Raitt… and even partied with Cedella Booker (Bob Marley’s mom).  All thanks to their music. 

 Now, their world is turned upside down… again.  They’re refugees once more… this time in Providence, Rhode Island, while their home and family is being ravaged by Ebola.  But once again, they will endure.  This concert will help benefit the band, their families, and WeOwnTV, a non-profit working in Freetown Sierra Leone to educate the community about the epidemic.

 At this MUD Music event, we’ll hear the story of the band’s lives and personal triumphs through their music. We’ll see brief film clips from the documentary, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (2006), a film created by Middlebury graduates Banker White, Zach Niles, Chris Velan, Andy Mitchell, and Jim Bruce, which won more than a dozen international film awards. And, through this lyrical and visual mash up, we’ll witness how music can help overcome adversity.

Doors open at 7 p.m., micro Mud Talk at 7:30 pm; music at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door

A benefit for Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, the Bridge School Scholarship Fund, and WeOwnTV

For more information, visit, and follow MUD Talks on Facebook for the updates on this show and other upcoming events.





Avner the Eccentric: Exceptions to Gravity

Thursday, February 26th

Avner Eisenberg in Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Avner has appeared on and off Broadway with his hit show Exceptions to Gravity. He played the endearing Holy Man, “The Jewel,” in the Michael Douglas film, The Jewel of the Nile, and performed as a ventriloquist on Broadway, in Ghetto for which his dummy received a Tony Award nomination. Avner’s show defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively in the US and abroad.

“Avner The Eccentric is a brilliant comic…hurt yourself hysterically funny. I laughed for 2 solid hours. The show only lasted an hour and a half.” Joel Siegel, ABC-TV

$15/ $10 ages 12 and under
For All Ages




Pop Up Plays: You Pick the Line

Coming March 7th at 7:30 pm

We’re writing and producing 6 new ten-minute plays in 24 hours. This year, each of these plays will contain the same line of dialogue, as determined by you. Choose the line you’d like to see included in every play and then come and see how the ingenious playwrights worked that line into their scripts!

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Voting closes February 28th. 

See you at the show! 


Chris Smither

After Dark Music Series

Saturday, February 28th at 7:00 pm

Chris Smither, honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, is truly an American original.  His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. He may be best known for writing “Love You Like A Man” which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have covered. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials. “With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.” -New York Times “Chris Smither has hardly tweaked his formula over the past 30 years. He doesn’t need to. His catalog is rich with albums that don’t reinvent his acoustic folk and blues, but rather refine his style with each new release.”-Boston Globe

Doors open at 6:30 pm with first come, first seating. 

$27 advance, $30 at the door
Tickets available at Main Street Stationery, Middlebury, Vermont
Mail to: After Dark Music Series
P.O. Box 684
Middlebury, VT 05753
For more information, call 802-388-0216


The MET’s La Donna Del Lago

Broadcast Live in HD on the THT Big Screen
March 14 

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti.

A free introductory talk about today’s opera will be given by Greg Vitercek at 12:15 pm. Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Opera Company of Middlebury.

1 p.m. 
$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 3:30

Pagliacci Met Opera

The MET’s Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci

Live in HD on the THT Big Screen
April 25 

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria Rusticana, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) play the unlucky heroines. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

A free introductory talk about today’s opera will be given by Jim Pugh at 11:45 pm. Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Opera Company of Middlebury.

12:30 pm
$24/ $10 Students  Reserved Seating
Approximate HD runtime 3:30