Thursday August 18th, 2016
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 20th, 2016
at 7:30 pm

Beethoven and Brahms
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 21st, 2016
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Beethoven and Brahms

Thursday August 25th, 2016
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Friday August 26th, 2016
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
a new approach to a festival concert
Annemieke & Jeremiah McLane,
Piano & Accordion

An encore performance of this wonderful Central Vermont Duo!
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Saturday August 27th, 2016
at 10:30 am

A Special Concert for Kids
Join Annemieke & Jeremiah McLane
as they perform
Poulenc's L'Histoire de Babar
and selections from Ravel's Mother Goose Rhymes Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00

Saturday August 27th, 2016
at 7:30 pm

String Quartets - a program of
beautiful music both familiar, and not so!

Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 28th, 2016
at 11:00 am

6th Annual Breakfast with Bach
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto #5
and a little something extra!
Breakfast at 11:00 am
in the Esther Mesh Room,
Chandler's Upper Gallery
Admission at the door: $8:00
Concert at 12:30 pm in Bethany Church
Admission at the door: Goodwill offering
Food provided by
Three Bean Cafe of Randolph

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival announces the release of its first highlight CD: Festival Harvest

"The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival has come a long way since it was founded in 1993 by Peter Sanders, a New York cellist who grew up spending his summers in the Randolph area. An indication of just how far is its excellent New CD, "Festival Harvest," a compilation of live performances of works by Mendelssohn, Schönberg and Frank Bridge at the Chandler Music Hall in 2000 and 2004.

When I first heard the album, I had recently heard an excellent performance of Mendelssohn's A Major String Quintet at Vermont's justly revered Marlboro Music Festival. The same work opens this CD, and I actually preferred the Randolph performance. That's big praise."

Read the review from the December 2, 2005 issue of Vermont's Times Argus

Welcome to the 25th anniversary season of the festival, celebrating World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont! We are excited to share with you some information about the wonderful performances coming in 2017, details will be posted on this website and via Facebook in the near future. I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and please, do bring a friend...

This season's first week will include the glorious Schubert "Trout" Quintet, not performed since our first season in 1993. The wonderful young artist, David Mercier (VYO alumnus), will join us to play the bass. Also on this program will be music by Schumann and Martinu.

Week two will be a new experience for the festival and we will present a program of Chamber Jazz. This concert will feature a Jazz Quartet of sax, trumpet, bass and drums as well as a String Quartet playing music related to jazz such as Piazzolla and Debussy. The two ensembles will join together with string charts written by Bob Franceschini (sax). This will be a fabulous concert!

Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be a string instrument and bow symposium / Q&A with a Luthier from NYC and a local Vermont bow maker. Festival artists will be on hand to play instruments and bows and lively discussion will ensue about the choices that are made when creating the tools of the string players trade.

Our Concert for Kids will be a visit from the Vermont based Island Time Steel Drums and a chance for kids to have a hands on musical learning experience with Scott Paulson and Barbara Smith as they show the basics of playing the steel drums, culminating with a performance.

We will again be working with the Vermont Youth Orchestra to bring you a side-by-side performance. The program is still to be determined but will include another opportunity for young VYO artists will play with the CVCMF artists for the 7th annual Breakfast with Bach. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy delicious fare prepared by the Three Bean Cafe in Randolph and a concert in the beautiful Bethany Church.

We were voted "Best Classical Music" in 2016 and received our fourth consecutive Owl Award presented by the Complete Hoot. Please do make plans to join us for our 25th anniversary season and see you at the Chandler.

Peter Sanders - Artistic Director

Music Review: 'War horses' open festival with substance

RANDOLPH - Any doubt as to why Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio and Brahms' G Minor Piano Quartet are considered "war horses" were washed away with the substantial performances, Saturday at the Chandler Music Hall, opening the 24th Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. (The program was repeated Sunday in Woodstock.) These works are called "war horses" not only for their familiarity to chamber music lovers, but their position as great masterpieces of the repertoire.

Cellist, founder and artistic director Peter Sanders, his violinist wife Basia Danilow of the Lark Quartet, and virtuoso violinist-violist Arturo Delmoni, all festival regulars, were joined by newcomer New York City pianist Molly Morkoski in the performance.

Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Opus 26, is a big sprawling work, full of Romantic grandeur. Violinist Danilow played with musical intensity balanced with a warm lyricism, always with rhythmic incisiveness. Violist Delmoni and cellist Sanders both played with an overt and deep expressiveness.

Although pianist Morkoski missed some of the work's sense of immediacy, her virtuosity complemented and punctuated the rich string sound and lyricism. The slow movement, Andante con moto, was deeply affecting, while the driving finale Rondo all Zingarese, was a thrill.

From left, Molly Morkoski, Basia Danilow, Peter Sanders and Arturo Delmoni
perform Brahms Saturday at Chandler Music Hall.
Photo by Robert Eddy.

Delmoni, the senior artist, played with a luscious sound and expressiveness, just the right amount of restraint, and a profound musical depth. Sanders and Danilow performed with a more focused, restrained sound, but natural expressiveness. Morkoski, with focus on the right hand over the bass of the left, was all about lyricism, the flowing line.

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 47, "Archduke," is a grand work, and unusually elegant for the composer. Delmoni and cellist Sanders, in his first performance of the work, were responsible for some luscious and expressive playing, but pianist Morkoski's lyricism overlooked the work's rhythmic form, sapping its grandeur.

Beethoven was still in the Classical period when the music was dependent on a rhythmic square-ness and consistency for its power; while breathing within the structure added expressiveness, overlooking the rhythmic lines cut into its musical power. Still, Saturday's performance was a joy of sound and lyricism.

The festival's Saturday, Aug. 27, concert includes only one "war horse," Dvorak's "American" String Quartet, but likely will introduce listeners to two intriguing works: Richard Strauss's String Quartet and "Lullaby" for string quartet by George Gershwin. Should be a real pleasure.

Jim Lowe, Times Argus, VT - August 22, 2016
Copyright © 2016, Times Argus

Pulp Fiction performed Jeffrey Zeigler, Peter Sanders, Hannah Holman, Chris Finckel (Arrangement: Bernard Amrani) on August 15, 2015 at Chandler Music Hall
as part of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival.

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"...Saturday's Central Vermont Chamber Festival concert Chandler Music Hall had me babbling by intermission. When Peter Sanders told his listeners from the stage that they don't know how lucky they are, he was dead right. Except that I think they do know how lucky they are. He's lucky, too."

- Peter Goodman, as appeared in the HERALD, Randolph, Vermont, August 27, 2009. (read the full review here)

Rehearsal, season #1 on Chandler stage - 1993 Adela Peña - violin, Aloysia Friedmann - viola, Peter Sanders - cello, Steven Masi - piano

"Stanziano delivered the dramatic washes of notes with clarity and virtuosity, while Delmoni and Sanders plied the dramatic lines with passion. They also responded to the subtle moments with sensitivity, making this a grand - and fun - performance."

"The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival has become a welcome tradition in Randolph and the central Vermont area, and Saturday's impassioned high level illustrates just why."

"Chamber music festival opens with finesse, spirit. Just when you think you've heard enough chamber music for the summer, someone comes along and performs the Mozart Clarinet Quintet - beautifully, in this case - and the passion returns immediately."

- Jim Lowe: The Times Argus, VT