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MAC Performing Arts Series goes virtual for January

SOPHIE SHAO

The Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College, has decided to move its three Performing Arts Series concerts in January to virtual. Performances by Sophie Shao, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Zoë Keating will now be streamed only. 

The streaming price is $15 to watch Shao and Keating; the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Pablo Casals event is free, though viewers still need to reserve a free ticket.

Here’s the new virtual line up:

Friday, Jan. 14

Sophie Shao, Cello

Anna Polonsky, Piano

7:30 p.m., stream from home only

Streaming tickets: $15/5; 48-hour playback available

One hundred years ago this week, The Middlebury Campus headline read “Casals Captivates Large Audience: World’s Greatest Cellist Plays in Chapel,” when famed Catalan cellist Pablo Casals appeared during our Performing Arts Series’ third season.  Sophie Shao’s 2022 concert will kick off our yearlong celebration of Casals and the cello.

 

Friday, Jan. 21

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Musical Heritage: Pablo Casals

7:30 p.m., stream from home only

Tickets: Free; 48-hour playback available

The great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973) stands alone as arguably the most influential and universally revered instrumentalist of all time. He was first cellist in history to recognize Bach’s “Six Solo Suites” as great music, and the first to record them. This was only one of the musical milestones of this extraordinary man, who not only dominated cello playing for more than half a century, but also served as an uncompromising and indisputable voice of social conscience.

 

Friday, Jan. 28

Zoë Keating, Cello

7:30 p.m., stream from home only

Streaming tickets: $15/5; 48-hour playback available

Extraordinary Vermont-based cellist and composer Zoë Keating continues our cello celebration with a contemporary lens. A one-woman orchestra, she uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting, and compelling music. Keating has a devoted global audience and her self-released albums have reached No. 1 several times on the iTunes classical chart. She has composed music for ballet, theater, film and radio and lends her music regularly to film, TV, dance productions and commercials.

For tickets and more info visit middlebury.edu/college/arts/performing-arts-series.

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