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In the Jackson Gallery

FRED LOWER

Paintings

On display through April 7 – May 11, 2017.

ARTIST’S RECEPTION Friday, April 14  5 – 7 pm

Fred Lower paints the landscape of Addison County and of Montana, as well as portraits. His deft strokes and distinctive color choices capture the essence of the light and shadow, and the texture of his scenery. He likes to paint directly from the subject, and states that “the motifs that I find most engaging are often the easiest to find because they are right out my back door.  I live a short distance from where the Middlebury River joins Otter Creek.  It is, quite simply, a plethora of compositions, a feast of forms for an artist.”

Calendar of Events

Working

Middlebury Community Players

Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, May 7

A musical from the book by Studs Terkel

Directed by Dora Greven
Music Director Kerianne Severy

The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women so often taken for granted: the schoolteacher, the elder care worker, the waitress, the millworker, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, to name a few.

The original play, written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Nina Faso, and Gordon Greenberg, with music and lyrics by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor and Susan Birkenhead, has been updated several times since its debut in the 70s.  The newest version includes two songs by Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda.

During my three years of working on the book… I was constantly astonished by the extraordinary dreams of ordinary people. No matter how bewildering the times, no matter how dissembling the official language, those we call ordinary are aware of a sense of personal worth, no matter how demeaning their jobs may seem. — Studs Terkel

Visit the Middlebury Community Players website here for more information.

Apr 27 – 29, 8pm
Apr 30, 2pm*
May 4 – 6, 8pm
May 7, 2pm

*ASL Interpretation on Sunday, April 30
Contact the Box Office at 802-382-9222 for seating in the ASL section of the theater.

Thursdays $15
Friday – Sunday, $23/$18 students with ID

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WORKING-2012 REVISED VERSION
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.   www.MTIShows.com

 

 

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 10

Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Traveling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes.

In 1886, the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel brought a selection of his huge stock of impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in America forever.  As America steamed into the Industrial Age, urban reformers fought to create public parks and gardens: patches of beauty amid smokestacks and ash heaps. Meanwhile the rise of wide-circulation magazines cultivated the idea that gardening was a path to spiritual renewal amid industrial blight and the belief that artists should work in native landscapes.

As America made its epic move from a nation of farmers to a land of factories, the pioneering American Impressionists crafted a sumptuous visual language that told the story of an era.

11am
$10/$5 students

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The Red Turtle

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Friday, May 12

The mesmerizing animated feature The Red Turtle was seven years in the making by the Oscar-winning Dutch director, Michael Dudok de Wit.  Winner of the Special Jury prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the film, as described by the LA Times’ Kenneth Turan, “is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there’s more on its mind than simply beauty. . . This is an immersive, meditative animated feature that is concerned with the rhythms of the natural world and the mysteries and wonders of ordinary life.”  Completely dialogue free, The Red Turtle is utterly unlike the typical animated fare that dominates the commercial marketplace.

7pm
Tickets: $12 adults / $8 children 12 and under


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MET Live in HD: Der Rosenkavalier

May 14

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.  A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time).  Tentative run time: 4.12

1pm

$24 / $10 Students

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Il Trittico

Opera Company of Middlebury – 14th Season

Friday, June 2  7:30 pm
Sunday, June 4  2 pm 
Thursday, June 8  7:30 pm
Saturday, June 10  7:30 pm

A fully-staged production of Puccini’s collection of three one-act operas, featuring professional singers from across the country and the Opera Company of Middlebury Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Michael Sakir.  Douglas Anderson directs.  The evening begins with the searing verismo opera Il tabarro, followed by Puccini’s only comic opera, Gianni Schicchi, and ends with the miraculous, ethereal Suor Angelica.

Rows B & C  $55
Rows D-M  $65
Balcony  $80

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MANGIARE!  An Italian feast Puccini would love!

Friday, June 2, 5pm

On opening night only, OCM joins The Diner – right next door to the theater – for a sumptuous pre-opera dinner.  Mangiare!  Seating is between 5:00-5:30 pm.  Come to town, park once, enjoy a fabulous Italian feast created especially for OCM, and then there’s no rush, because you simply walk the few steps to the theater for the 7:30 pm curtain.  What could be more convenient, or more delicious?  June 2 only.  $40 (includes tax and gratuity) and a cash bar.  Seating is limited, so call (802) 382-9222 or visit the Town Hall Theater box office to make your reservation.

 


MEET THE SINGERS

Sunday May 21  5 pm

CVUUS, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury, VT

OCM has assembled an extraordinary cast of talented professionals for Il Trittico.  Join us at the Unitarian Universalist Society for our annual Meet the Singers concert and reception.  Get to know the singers over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and then settle back to enjoy their favorite arias.  Doug Anderson says: “This is without a doubt my favorite performance in the entire year, with one amazing aria after another, performed by superbly talented singer-actors.  And that room has incredible acoustics.  I beam through the whole thing.”    Appetizers, cash bar and performance.  $35

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Michelangelo: Love and Death

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 14

A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo’s artistry is evident in everything he touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling still leave us breathless today.

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.

A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time.

11am
$10/$5 students

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