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Full Circle: Emerging Images Within Handmade Paper

 

A solo exhibition of pulp-paintings by Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead – May 20-July 2.

Reception May 27  5 – 7 pm.

 

Calendar of Events

UPCOMING Macbeth

Macbeth

Opera Company of Middlebury

Now in its 13th season of presenting full-scale productions in the intimate confines of Town Hall Theater, OCM presents Verdi’s Macbeth with a cast of professional singers directed by Douglas Anderson. The orchestra will be conducted by OCM’s musical director, internationally known conductor Emmanuel Plasson. 

“With two of the most challenging roles in opera, you can’t even consider Macbeth unless you have two absolutely riveting singer-actors,” said Douglas Anderson, artistic director of OCM.  “We have them in Rochelle Bard, who sang a searing Violetta in our production of La Traviata two years ago, and Joshua Jeremiah, who starred as Athanael in our production of Thais.” 

Macbeth premiered in Florence in 1847 and arrived in New York eleven years later. Though one of Verdi’s earliest works, it has a passionate, melodic score and an unrelieved intensity, and has lately been rediscovered as one of his masterworks. 

OCM’s professional singers are cast from a lengthy audition process in New York and Vermont.  Rounding out the cast of Macbeth are Rubin Casas, who will sing the bass role of Banquo, and tenor Alok Kumar, last season’s triumphant Calàf, who will sing Macduff.   Tenor Yi Li will perform Malcolm. 

Adopting an Artist is an enjoyable and personal way of supporting OCM. A link is made between you in the audience and the artist on stage or in the orchestra pit. Over the years several donors have formed fast friendships with young singers and musicians. Lend your support by sponsoring a singer or a musician at the level of your choosing. Click HERE for more information.

Pre-performance talks are one hour before curtain. Visit ocmvermont.org for more information.

Friday, June 3 at 8pm
Sunday, June 5 at 2pm
Thursday, June 9 at 8pm
Saturday, June 11 at 8pm

Special Performance Friday, June 10 at 8pm– Cover performance with piano accompaniment:  $30

Ticket Prices: 
Rows B & C $55
Rows D-M $60
Balcony $75

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Meet the Singers

Join OCM and the cast of Macbeth at the Unitarian Universalist Society for the annual Meet the Singers reception. Get to know the singers over drinks and hors d’oeuvres and then settle back to enjoy their favorite arias. Space is limited. Cash bar. Visit ocmvermont.org for more information.

Sunday, May 22
5pm
$35  includes a complimentary ticket to Young Artists in Recital

ONLINE SALES CLOSED – BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR (CASH OR CHECK ONLY) – Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury.


 

Young Artists in Recital

YAP recital groupEight talented young singers from across the country come to Middlebury to be a part of the second young artist program, directed by Dawn Pierce. Here, the singers showcase their talents and skills in a delightful recital at Town Hall Theater. Visit ocmvermont.org for more information.

Tuesday, June 7
8pm
$15

 
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MCMC concert

Middlebury Community Music Center Benefit Concert

Sunday, June 12

Students and faculty members from the Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC) take the stage at the Town Hall Theater for a celebration of the hard work and musical learning that has been going on this year at MCMC.  MCMC faculty and students are thrilled to be able to present a diverse concert, featuring many styles of music from bluegrass, to classical, to jazz.  For more information about MCMC visit their website: http://www.mcmcvt.org/ 

1pm Reception (downstairs in the Jackson Gallery)
2pm Performance

$10 General Admission/ $20 Generous Admission

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A View From the Bridge

A View From the Bridge

National Theatre Live Rebroadcast
 
June 17

Following its smash-hit original broadcast, the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinemas due to audience demand.This stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece won a trio of 2014 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Best Director for Ivo van Hove.The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. 

7pm

$17/ $10 students

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LC Jazz

LC Jazz

Saturday, June 18

We’re clearing the floor for a summer swing party! Cut a rug with LC Jazz, the classic 17 piece jazz band that specializes in swing.  All it takes is a dime note ($10) to come and hear these hep cats play. Cash bar and snacks will keep the joint jumping. 

With a band consisting of only eight people and a play list of three songs, L.C. Jazz made its public debut in February, 1992 at the Elderly Services Groundhog Day celebration. Those three songs – Sweet Georgia Brown, Satin Doll, and Harlem Nocturne – are still firm favorites of the band and their audiences, but the set list has grown.

Though they had a humble beginning, those few musicians grew into a big band with 17 full-time, volunteer members.

7-9pm
$10

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Belly Dancer

Auditions for Middlebury’s Got Talent!

June 23 

Want to strut your stuff on the THT stage? Come audition! Singers, dancers, pickers, grinners, puppeteers, actors, or whatever-ers, it’s your chance to shine!

Sign up for audition slot by emailing Doug at executivedirector@townhalltheater.org or by calling 802-388-1436.

And mark your calendars: Middlebury’s Got Talent is coming July 30th and 31st.

Auditions begin at 7pm.

Foodaroo Logo 2016

Foodaroo 2016

Sunday, June 26

Presented by Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD) and Town Hall Theater, Foodaroo unites the state’s most talented culinary artisans and beverage makers, with an emphasis on Addison County and Chittenden County vendors and farms. From food trucks to brick-and-mortar operations, this outdoor event showcases creative, locally-sourced cuisine… while top local musicians rock the green from the top of Town Hall Theater’s steps. Attendees taste their way through a huge diversity of vendors, (even more than last year)… while street performers, dancers, cooking demos and visual artists showcase the best of Vermont’s thriving maker movement. Performers include Josh Panda and the Hot Damned, Dwight & Nicole, The Bengsons, The Good Parts, the Red Trouser Show… and many other surprises.

In the event of rain, we’ll still have great food trucks and bands. The bands will be performing inside THT, and the bar and dining areas will be inside as well. Food vendors and trucks will move closer to THT. There will be a map of truck locations and events at the ticket counter.  

Free/ Tickets for Food Trucks available at event. 
3-9pm
Merchant’s Row

Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei

Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei

Sunday, July 24

A singing, songwriting, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player, Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before.  Washburn is also armed with Chinese language ability and profound connections to culture and people on the other side of the Pacific.  One of the few foreign artists currently touring China independently and regularly, she completed a month-long (Nov-Dec 2011) tour of China’s Silk Road supported by grants from the US Embassy, Beijing. Her efforts to share US music in China and Chinese music in the US exist within a hope that cultural understanding and the communal experience of beauty and sound reaching out from tradition will lead the way to a richer and a more profoundly rooted existence.

Wu Fei, a native of Beijing and a current Middle Tennessee resident, is a master of the guzheng or zheng, a  21-string Chinese zither. She plays zheng beautifully in the instrument’s vernacular–a musical language which is 2,000 to 3,000 years old–and in a contemporary idiosyncratic, experimental dialect began during years spent at Mills College and immersed in the Downtown improvising scene which revolved around NYC clubs like The Stone, which Fei curated for the month of Oct. 2008.  Wu Fei composes for choir, string quartet, chamber ensemble, Balinese gamelan, and orchestra; her commissions include a composition for Percussions Claviers de Lyon that premiered in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.  Wu Fei has collaborated with many artists of different disciplines and genres ranging from Washburn to avant garde composer John Zorn, Fred Frith and more.

Together as an entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo, Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei sing & play a selection of songs rooted in traditional Appalachian and Chinese music.  Their US debut was at the Middlebury College Centennial celebration, July 2015.

7pm
$20 advance/ $25 door

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Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival 2016

August 25-28, 2016

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival returns to Middlebury VT this August 25-28 with a new slate of outstanding films from all over the world. MNFF2 promises to be a terrific event. The word is getting out in the filmmaker community about the Fest and its true dedication to first and second time directors. MNFF is receiving a bevy of high-quality work this season. And that’s great news for the enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiences who want to be entertained and challenged at MNFF. 

To learn more, follow the Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All links are available at middfilmfest.org.
 

Opening Night Film and Party $50 BUY NOW
Opening Night Film Only $25 BUY NOW
Festival Pass $75/ $50 students BUY NOW
Day Pass $28/ $20 students BUY NOW
Per Show $11 at venue only. Individual tickets will be sold beginning at 10:00am on Friday, and before each screening block at the respective venue.  

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MET Live in HD 2016-2017

Here is the broadcast schedule for MET Live in HD 2016-2017. Times and dates are subject to change, so please check back with us when tickets are on sale. 

Tristan und Isolde
SAT, OCT 08, 2016 12:00 PM

Don Giovanni
SAT, OCT 22, 2016 1:00 

L’Amour de Loin
DEC 11  2016 7:00pm
(subject to change)

Nabucco
SAT, JAN 07, 2017 1:00 

Roméo et Juliette
SAT, JAN 21, 2017 1:00 

Rusalka
SAT, FEB 25, 2017 1:00 

La Traviata
SAT, MAR 11, 2017 1:00 

Idomeneo
SAT, MAR 25, 2017 1:00 

Eugene Onegin
SAT, APR 22, 2017 12:30 

Der Rosenkavalier
SUN, MAY 14, 2017 1:00 PM

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Great Art Wednesdays

Returning in Fall 2016

Select Wednesdays at 11am, Town Hall Theater will present some of the world’s best art exhibits on screen in stunning high definition. 

September 7 Rembrandt from the National Gallery
                   Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.The exhibition focuses on the highlights from the final years of Rembrandt’s life, commonly thought to be his finest years. The masterpieces he produced during this period could be called his defining works, with each piece so soulful and honest that they helped sculpt our idea of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist.

October 5 Leonardo DaVinci
                   A remarkable event at London’s National Gallery assembled the largest ever collection of Leonardo’s surviving paintings for a unique exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.’
Given exclusive access to the opening night of the exhibition the film captures the excitement of the occasion and provides a fascinating exploration of Leonardo’s great works. Art historian and broadcaster Tim Marlow offers his insight into the great masterpieces and invites the opinions of the curators, restorers and other specially invited guests. Interwoven are an insightful biography and reflections on Leonardo’s influence since his death 500 years ago – a unique film about a unique man.

November 16 Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
                  Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy of Arts, London.

December 7 Renoir: Revered and Reviled
                 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise many is that among the many artists who sought Renoir’s new works out and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century – Picasso and Matisse. The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.

From the film’s director, Phil Grabsky:

“One of the questions asked, perhaps most frequently, is ‘why would I go to the cinema to see an art exhibition?’ I find that easy to answer. What we offer is an opportunity to see the exhibition if you can’t get a ticket or you don’t live in the country of the exhibition. Secondly we offer expert analysis, biography of the artist, behind-the-scenes, all those hidden nooks and crannies that you and I can’t normally get to… what I’ve seen and have been so delighted to recognize is that there is a different and much stronger emotional connection with a cinema screen than with a television screen. And if you can’t get to stand in front of that particular painting, on your own, this is the next best thing, I’m absolutely sure about that.”

Wednesday at 11am
$10/ $5 students