Arts & Leisure

10/29/2020
We live in one of the most divisive times in American history. However, the past is full of politically charged moments that still resonate with us today as documented by the Sheldon Museum’s archival collections.  *** Elections, Then and Now News of the upcoming elections has filled our consciousness for months on end. For many, it seems as though politics has never been more heated, with contentious debates, accusations of corruption, and widespread concerns about election infrastructure and voter suppression. Yet this is nothing new. Today’s Twitter wars, tense interviews, and leaked...

PIANISTS ALESSIO BAX and Lucille Chung will play side by side in a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Tristan Cook
10/29/2020
Partners in music and in marriage, concert pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung will perform a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.  Audience members are invited to tune in early for a 7:15 p.m. “opening act” by celebrated cellist Sophie Shao, 13-time Performing Arts Series artist and an audience favorite. The broadcast and live chat can be accessed online at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Digital Stages, via go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The performance is free and open to all. 
10/29/2020
The Ripton Community Coffee House will host an online concert featuring Mike and Ruthy on Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room.  Snacking is encouraged. Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar) are Hudson Valley-based songwriters who have made waves in the folk/Americana world and beyond. A husband and wife team, Mike + Ruthy have recorded and performed their exquisite, original, Americana music together for two decades, as the duo Mike + Ruthy and with their quintet The Mammals. In 2018, Mike and Ruthy...
10/29/2020
(Grove Press) A decade in the childhood of Hugh Bain, called Shuggie, son of Shug Bain, hackney driver, and Agnes Bain, in decaying public housing, framed by year and locale, is rich with empathy and love, a seemingly unending capacity for love. It’s no mystery why this novel, set in 1980s Glasgow, Scotland and a first novel for its author, Douglas Stuart, is garnering accolades and appearing on the shortlist for such notable prizes as the Booker Prize, the National Book Award, and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Stuart skillfully weaves the stories of this family, three generations...

BY THE TIME Christopher Shaw retired from teaching at Middlebury College in 2018, he had written three books about the Adirondacks, a region he has forged deep, lifelong connections with. This fall he published one of those books, a novel called “The Power Line,” which explores the region’s characters and landscape as it tries to get to the bottom of an alleged shootout between bootleggers in 1929. Photo by Jennifer Kiewit
10/22/2020
BRISTOL — When Christopher Shaw moved to the Adirondacks in 1969, he was looking for something that had been unavailable to him growing up in the suburbs of Schenectady, N.Y. — the kind of intellectual life that arises from, and in turn influences, a region’s sense of “place.” In a 2007 New York Times article about hiking the same Adirondack mountain the American philosopher William James had hiked in 1898, Shaw put it another way:  “My own experience in nature had made me curious as to how places as much as cultures could produce distinctive expressions of thought and art.” That particular...
10/22/2020
Currently we live in one of the most divisive times in American history. However, the past is full of politically charged moments that still resonate with us today as documented by the Sheldon Museum’s archival collections.  *** The (Un)Settled Question An editorial in the Oct. 31, 1860, issue of the Middlebury Register reads: “It has been asserted by Southern presses that Vermont is a bagatelle, and might as well be out of the Union as in it. …[N]ext Tuesday…let them be assured that she is in the Union, and that…she will speak for freedom in tones not to be misunderstood.” The editorial...
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — During turbulent times, it often takes great courage to speak out against injustice. German minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s heroic resistance to Adolph Hilter is the subject of a play by Town Hall Theater’s artistic director, Douglas Anderson, which will be presented online on Thursday, Oct. 22.  “I wrote this play many years ago,” Anderson said, “and it was published after it won a national competition.  Since then it’s been produced all over the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The Dietrich Bonhoeffer story is incredibly powerful, and basically unknown in this country.”   ...

VIOLINIST ARNAUD SUSSMANN will perform a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 PM. Photo Matt Dine Press
10/22/2020
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series will present distinguished violinist Arnaud Sussmann in a free, virtual performance on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The concert program will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Chausson’s Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. An impressive group of collaborators will play alongside Sussmann: flutists Sooyun Kim and Tara Helen O’Connor; violinists Bella Hristova, Francisco Fullana, Kristin Lee, and Yura Lee; violist Richard O’Neill; cellists Dmitri Atapine and Nicholas Canellakis; double bassist Xavier Foley; pianist Wu Han;...
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist has established him as a major figure in American music-making, receiving the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for his significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field. He also holds the rare distinction of the longest Middlebury Performing Arts Series relationship, having first played on campus in 1966. Performing works by Crumb, Schubert, and Brahms, Kalish will be joined by soprano Lisette Oropesa, clarinetist David Shifrin, violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, violist Paul Neubauer, and...
10/22/2020
(Picador USA) At the close of a recent virtual conversation about her new collection of essays, Terry Tempest Williams, educator, naturalist, writer and activist, howled towards the sky from her living room in the wilds of Utah, and joyously enlivened the last minutes of a deep and profound book talk, reminding listeners to fiercely pursue life and connection. The stories she relates in her essays, with topics ranging from eroding public lands, the fossil fuel industry, sacred lands and the climate crisis, are a means of connection, and through connection, she builds compassion. In her...

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