Thursday, August 15th, 2019
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday, August 17th, 2019
at 7:30 pm

Mendelssohn, Brahms
and Ernest Sanders

Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday, August 18th, 2019
at 11:00 am

9th Annual
Breakfast with Bach/Baroque Brunch

CPE Bach: Sinfonia in b minor, H. 661, Wq. 182, No. 5
JS Bach: Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in d minor, BWV 1043

Breakfast at 11:00 am
in the Esther Mesh Room,
Chandler's Upper Gallery
Admission at the door: $10:00
Concert at 12:30 pm in Bethany Church
Admission at the door: Goodwill offering
with fine fare provided by Shari Dutton and friends

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
at 7:00 pm

A Special Event
Klezmer Ensemble, Big Galut(e)

A first for the festival, make your plans now to enjoy this fabulous group!
Big Galut(e) performs a unique repertoire of Jewish and Jewish-themed music spanning five continents and six centuries, including Klezmer originals, tango, and works of Salamone Rossi, Shostakovich, Brahms and Mahler.
Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $20.00

Thursday August 22nd, 2019
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Friday August 23rd, 2019
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be an opportunity to Meet your Musicians. Come and enjoy an informal chance to meet, ask questions of, play for (bring your instruments!) our resident Artists for the week. All ages are encouraged to be part of this session and light food and drink (again provided by Shari Dutton and friends) will be offered.
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free

Saturday August 24th, 2019
at 7:30 pm

An Evening of Beethoven
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 25th, 2019
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
All Beethoven

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

Of Special Note: Performance Today will be featuring a CVCMF performance on their Friday, August 2nd show, during the first hour.

Robert Washut: Soneando for Violin, Viola and Cello
Joanna Maurer, violin; Michael Roth, viola; Peter Sanders, cello
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT
Concert Record Date: 8/18/2018

Click here to listen in (Performance Today will make these programs available for one month following their broadcast).

Welcome to the 27th season of the CVCMF, celebrating World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont. Dates will be August 12th - 25th, 2019. We are excited to share with you some information about the performances coming in 2019 -

A Season of Standards!

I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and events and please, do bring a friend...

2019's first week will include Viola Quintets by Mendelssohn and Brahms. Also included will be a wonderful arrangement for String Quartet by Ernest H. Sanders of a 13th century vocal work by Josquin des Prez.

Mendelssohn Quintet in B-flat, Op. 87
Ave Maria - Josquin des Prez (arr. Ernest H. Sanders)
Brahms Quintet #1 in F, Op. 88

The first week will feature our visit with Walter Parker at Vermont Public Radio, our collaboration with the Vermont Youth Orchestra for our 9th Breakfast with Bach and, our weekly Open Rehearsal.

Artists for Week 1 will be:
Violinists: Joanna Maurer, Derek Ratzenboeck
Violists: Michael Roth, Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss
Cellist: Peter Sanders

Week 2 will include an all Beethoven program - a Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata and Piano Trio. Spanning the composers life from early to middle to late. This program will be performed BOTH in Chandler and in Woodstock, VT.

Artists for Week 2 will be:
Violinist: Arturo Delmoni
Cellist: Peter Sanders
Pianist: Adrienne Kim

Sonata for Violin and Piano #5 in F, Op. 24 "Spring"
Sonata for Cello and Piano #5 in D, Op. 102, #2
Piano Trio in D, Op. 70, #1 "Ghost"

Peter Sanders - Artistic Director

CVCMF 2018 - Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in c - 1st movement

Inspired Beethoven closes 27th festival

RANDOLPH - The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival closed its 27th season Saturday at the Chandler Music Hall with the best of the best - the best musicians playing the best music.

In this case, the best music was all Beethoven, and the best players were festival veterans, pianist Adrienne Kim, violinist Arturo Delmoni and cellist Peter Sanders, festival founder and director. And perhaps the best but certainly the major work was the Piano Trio in D, Major Op. 70, No. 1, known as the "Ghost."

Their performance was simply a joy. First of all it was obvious these three had played together before really enjoyed doing it. Their interaction throughout this mix of passion and tenderness was entirely in sync. Their connection was intimate and their excitement palpable.

Delmoni played with his characteristic rich warm lyricism, coupled with a virtuoso technique. Sanders was warmly expressive throughout, and Kim combined clarity with a sensitivity to Beethoven's sudden mood changes. These are particularly fine players with real musical depth.

Delmoni and Kim opened the program with the Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, for violin and piano, known as the "Spring." And spring-like naïve lyricism characterized their performance as they delivered the joyfulness of this early Beethoven work. No sturm und drang here, just intimate warmth and light and airy delight.

That can't quite be said of the emotionally complex Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 for cello and piano, a mature work. Sanders and Kim seemed to enjoy plumbing its depths and largely clarified its many complexities. This is deep and powerful music.

Saturday's concert illustrates just how far this tiny festival has come - only two major concerts over two weeks - to become one of the finest of Vermont's myriad chamber music festivals. These fine musicians delivered truly inspired performances of masterpieces.

Jim Lowe, Times Argus, VT - August 26, 2019
Copyright © 2019, 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