Anais Mitchell


FOLLOWING COVID-19 SOCIAL distancing guidelines, graduating Middlebury College seniors spread out across six venues for the college’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 29. Photo by Brett Simison/Middlebury College
MIDDLEBURY — One of the most remarkable things about Middlebury College’s 219th Commencement Saturday afternoon was the way it felt less like a triumph over COVID-19 — though by any measure it was — and more like a celebration of Vermont. “I don’t think I realized how lucky we were to call these Green Mountains home,” said Student Commencement Speaker Nathan Gunesch, who hails from the tiny village of Government Camp, Oregon. “On a foggy morning the clouds veil the base of these hills as if the trees themselves were exhaling.” Gunesch paid tribute to the feelings and sensations of Vermont...

Anaïs Mitchell
MIDDLEBURY — Anaïs Mitchell, acclaimed playwright, composer and musician, will deliver the 2021 Middlebury College Commencement address on Saturday, May 29. A New Haven native, 1999 graduate of Mount Abraham Union High School and 2004 Middlebury College graduate, Mitchell is the creative force behind the hit musical “Hadestown.” One of the leading artistic voices of her generation, Mitchell began work on “Hadestown” — a reimagination of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice — years before it appeared on Broadway. The production debuted in Barre, Vermont, in 2006 before it toured across New...

ADDISON COUNTY NATIVE Anaïs Mitchell, a celebrated indie folk singer and songwriter, will perform brand new songs at a Feb. 12 Zoom concert that will benefit the Middlebury Community Music Center, The Giving Fridge, and two local restaurants. Photo by Andy Willsher
MIDDLEBURY — For the past 10 months those who’ve walked past the Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC) at 6 Main St. have noticed something strange. The sound of silence. But while the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted onsite instruction at the historic Middlebury Community House, the MCMC’s scores of students are still receiving top-notch musical tutelage — albeit virtually, through computer screens. Sadie (Danforth) Brightman, director of MCMC, knows it won’t be long before the center is again delivering in-person instruction to people of all ages. In the meantime, fans will have a...

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