28th Season postponed until 2021

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

Piano & Strings - Robert Fuchs, Schubert, Guiseppe Martucci
Chandler Music Hall
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9th collaboration with the Vermont Youth Orchestra
Program TBA but to include Bach Piano Concerto #5 in f minor (Adrienne Kim, Piano) on the main stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts. This program, for this year only, will be in place of the Breakfast with Bach due to scheduling conflicts.
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door
Reception to follow with food provided by Shari Dutton & friends.

A Special Event
Daily Special Barbershop Quartet!

This new addition to the festival offerings was such a hit last year we are adding another interesting and thouroughly enjoyable ensemble. Program will be available soon. Reception to follow.
Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $20.00

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

Friday Night in the Gallery
Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be a concert with Vermont Artists Annamieke & Jeremiah McLane. This concert will be specially tailored for kids of all ages! Reception to follow.
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

String Quartets by Haydn, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven
Chandler Music Hall
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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

IMPORTANT message from Peter Sanders
regarding the 2020/2021 Seasons

Dear festival friends and supporters:

I post this letter today after many days (if not weeks) of angst and anxiety regarding our music-making plans in August. After much research, many phone calls and Zoom meetings and a pretty comprehensive survey prepared by Chandler Center for the Arts I must tell you that I have decided to postpone the 28th season of the CVCMF and reschedule it in 2021. The dates would then be: August 9th - 22nd, 2021.

Please understand that this is assuming that the madness that we all have been managing, and the powers that be, allows us to meet again in Vermont and make music in the glorious venue that is Chandler.

There are too many issues right now with bringing in people from out of state and housing them. Also, making chamber music happen with 6-foot distancing rules in place would not be viable. As string players and pianists, masks would be feasable but singers - not so. Not to speak of audience, the survey indicated that they would not be comfortable either.

I have seen many things happen over the years of making music at the CVCMF, never would I have thought something like this would top the list of problems. PLEASE know that this was a gut-wrenching decision for me on all the possible levels. It will be an emotional time when we come back together.

I will miss all aspects of making music this summer. We are "All About Community" and I will do all I can to maintain this. I have spoken with my Board and we are all in agreement that this makes the most sense for the sustainability of the festival. I am SO sorry, stay well...

Peter Sanders - Artistic Director

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

Performance Today Broadcast - February 19th, 2020

The festival was thrilled to have the 2017 Ravel Piece en forme de Habanera performance by Peter Sanders and Adrienne Kim featured during the second hour of Performance Today in February of 2020. Thank you to PT for including the festival again! The performance is available to be viewed on YouTube.

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
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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