Join the Celebration!
This year, the Language Schools are celebrating 100 years of language education, and we’re planning special events to commemorate our centennial. Join us in marking 100 years of innovative language education!
You’ll also be invited to other events organized by the Monterey Institute, the Middlebury alumni office, or one of Middlebury’s 18 U.S. chapters or seven international chapters (in London, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore). Check this page throughout the year as more events are added to the calendar.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
2015 Language Schools Centennial Celebration Weekend in Vermont
The Middlebury Language Schools will celebrate a century of immersive
language and culture study this summer with academic and festive events
from July 15–19. The renowned summer programs take place on the
Middlebury, Vermont, campus and at Mills College in California.
Celebrations will be held on both campuses.
Friday, July 10
Performance by Pianist Wen-yee Ho
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wen-yee Ho has just retired from a long career of teaching French at Harvard University and Tufts University. She holds a BA in music from UCLA and three degrees in French, including a doctorate from the Université de Haute Bretagne, France. In July 2011, she received the award for Best Performance of a Polish Composer's Work at the Washington International Piano Artists Competition. In October, she received a gold medal and the Best Performance Award for a Work by Liszt at the Seattle International Piano Competition.
Wednesday, July 15
Following the Ninth: in the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony with director Kerry Candaele
The Language Schools will present the Vermont film premiere of this documentary film, which takes a cinematic journey across five continents and into the heart and soul of one of the greatest works of art.
Thursday, July 16
Francisco Álvarez and Maria Laetitia Hernandez in Concert
Renowned pianist Francisco "Paco" Álvarez and soprano Maria Laetitia Hernandez join forces for an unforgettable evening. Alvarez is a professor of piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Granada and conductor of both the Science School Choir at the University of Granada and the Spanish School Choir at the Language Schools. He has performed as a soloist in major halls in Spain, the United States, South America, and Europe and has recorded unusual Hispanic music
for the National Radio of Spain. Hernandez, a finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions Southeast Region Finals this past year, has performed with opera companies and orchestras in Puerto Rico and Florida.
Thursday, July 16–Friday, July 17
The Local App: Language and Culture in a “Flat World.”
Attendees will tackle the question, “What is the environment in which
tomorrow’s students and professionals will most productively learn
about other parts of the globe and how to engage speakers of other
Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist magazine’s management editor and writer of the Schumpeter column, will give the keynote address at the two-day conference. Several expert panel discussions will cover topics including global
academics, language and identity, and the next century of the Language Schools. The conference will close with speaker Frank Sesno ’77, a
Middlebury alumnus and former CNN correspondent, anchor, and Washington
bureau chief, who is now director of the School of Media and Public
Affairs at George Washington University.
Friday, July 17
Stacey Kent in Concert
jazz singer Stacey Kent brings her glorious voice and love of
languages to Middlebury's Concert Hall. Kent, an alumna of Middlebury’s
Italian, German, and, most recently, Portuguese Schools, is a truly
international artist. She is a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters in France. She is fêted by Brazilian musical royalty; she recorded a live album in 2012 with Bossa Nova legend Marcos Valle, and Grammy Lifetime Award-winning guitarist and composer Roberto Menescal performed on Kent's latest album, "The Changing Lights." Kent will perform alongside her husband, saxophonist and composer Jim Tomlinson, an alumnus of the
Middebury Portuguese School. This promises to
be a fittingly multilingual evening of jazz and song.
Saturday, July 18
Dance the Night Away!
The Middlebury Language Schools will host a campus-wide 1915-themed dance with music provided by the Grift. After the party, you can watch fireworks light up the sky behind Nelson Arena.
Sunday, July 19
Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei in Concert
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. An alumna of the Middlebury Chinese School, Washburn speaks
Chinese and is able to make profound connections to culture and people
on the other side of the Pacific. Washburn is one of the few foreign
artists currently touring China independently and regularly.
Born and raised in Beijing, Wu Fei is a composer, vocalist and guzheng (Chinese zither) performer. She spent her formative years at the China Conservatory of Music before coming to the U.S. in 2000, where she began to diversify her sound and experiment widely, working with musicians like John Zorn, Fred Frith, Carla Kilhstedt, Evan Parker, Pauline Oliveros, and many others. 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 has also appeared as a guest on Fred Frith’s "Eye to Ear II" (2004, Tzadik) and "The Happy End Problem" (2006, ReR).
At Middlebury, Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei will perform as a banjo-guzheng duo, playing and singing a selection of songs that combine their traditional Appalachian and Chinese influences.
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery
Travel the world in this summer exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Middlebury Language Schools. The many countries and cultures of the 11 Language Schools are represented by 22 works of art selected from the museum’s permanent collection, opening in late May.
**During the summer sessions, College residence halls are full and the Language Pledge is in effect. If you are seeking lodging, please check with the Chamber of Commerce at: http://www.addisoncounty.com/