31st Season
August 7th - 19th, 2023

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023
at 7:00 pm

A Special Event
Bach Cello Suite No. 5
in c minor, BWV 1011
Peter Sanders

Chandler Main Stage with stage seating
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission at the door: $20.00

Thursday, August 10th, 2023
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Saturday, August 12th, 2023
at 7:30 pm

String Trios by Sergei Taneiev
and Pedro Saenz
and a Brahms Sextet

Chandler Center for the Arts

Sunday August 13th, 2023
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
String Trios by Sergei Taneiev
and Pedro Saenz
and a Brahms Sextet

Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Woodstock Unitarian Universalist Church
Presented by the Pentangle Council on the Arts as part of their summer series.
Admission at the door: Donation

Thursday, August 17th, 2023
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Friday, August 18th, 2023
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
Pete Sutherland memorial concert
For Pete's Sake
Performed by
Paul Woodiel and Jeremiah McLane
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

Saturday, August 19th, 2023
at 7:30 pm

String Quartets by William Grant Still and Glazunov, Barber Adagio, and the Mozart Horn Quintet
Chandler Center for the Arts

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 Center for the Arts 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

Our 31st Season - August 7th - 19th, 2023

Welcome to the 31st year of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival!
- World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont -
The dates are set for next summer, August 7 - 19, 2023.

We are very excited to continue making music in the very special Chandler Center for the Arts and, again in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodstock, VT.

Programs and artists are now set! There will be a Special Event with Peter Sanders playing the 5th Bach Cello Suite in memory of his teacher, colleague and friend, Fred Zlotkin on the Chandler stage with stage seating on Wednesday, August 9th at 7 pm. Friday Night in the Gallery concert will be a memorial concert for Pete Sutherland, For Pete's Sake with Paul Woodiel and Jeremiah McLane on August 18th at 7 pm.

This season's first week will feature a program of all strings including the Brahms String Sextet in B-flat, Op. 18, last performed in 2008. The sextet artists will play string trios by Sergei Taneiev and Pedro Saenz on the first half of the concert. Week two will include the Mozart Horn Quintet with Stewart Rose. Also on that program will be the Glazunov 3rd String Quartet, Op. 26 "Quartour Slave", Barber Adagio from the String Quartet in b minor, Op. 11 (often played by string orchestra) and the Vermont Youth Orchestra String Quartet will open the program with two movements from the string quartet, Danzas de Panama by William Grant Still.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing all this and more with you in August. In the meantime, please enjoy our performances from past summers that are available on YouTube. Search for CVCMF.

Most sincerely
Peter Sanders - Artistic Director

Artists and Programs subject to change

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

Interview with Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders had the pleasure of chatting with Kate Remington at WSHU in Connecticut a few weeks ago. Two big topics were covered, including his long relationship with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra (now Orchestra Lumos) and also his 30 year history with the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. Kate was a host at Vermont Public radio for many years and that is how they met. Please enjoy this lively conversation.

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.

Music Review: Sublime Mozart closes Randolph chamber music festival

Photo: Robert Eddy

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival closed its 31st season at Randolph's Chandler Center for the Arts with a concert that underscores the fact that this has become one of the finest of its type in Vermont.

Founder and Artistic Director Peter Sanders has been bringing his New York instrumentalist friends, largely culled from the New York City Ballet Orchestra, where he is a longtime cellist, for two weeks each year to the town where he and his family spent their summers during his youth. Many of the musicians have established local ties and are, indeed, considered part of the community.

Saturday's major work, Mozart's Horn Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 407, was given a delightfully lyrical performance, and introduced a new musician to the community. French hornist Stewart Rose, who moved from the NYC Ballet to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, played with a natural articulation and an irresistible warm expressiveness.

In fact, much of the quintet was something of a sublime duet between Rose and violinist Arturo Delmoni and their interaction was exquisite. As part of the unusual instrumentation, they were joined by violists Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss and Michael Roth and Sanders on cello. (Bryla-Weiss has also left the NYC Ballet, but for the San Francisco Symphony, but continues to return to Vermont.)

Aiming directly for the heart was the beloved Molto Adagio from Samuel Barber's String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 - better known as "Barber's Adagio." Led exquisitely Roth, this time on violin, Delmoni, Bryla-Weiss and Sanders performed with an intimacy usually reserved for long-term string quartets. It was pure pleasure. Saturday's performance of Alexander Glazunov's String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 26, "Quatuor Slave," by Delmoni, Roth, Bryla-Weiss and Sanders, seemed better than this pleasant work actually warranted. However, the third movement, "All mazurka: allegretto," was irresistible for its ethnic rhythms, and the finale, "Une fête slave: Allegro" was a fantasy of folk tunes and full of fun virtuosity. It may not have been great, but it was fun.

The program opened with stylish and impassioned performances of two of William Grant Still's "Danzas de Panama," "Tamborito" and "Mejorana y Socavon," by the Vermont Youth Orchestra String Quartet. Violinists Emmerson Stapleton and Emma Xia, violist Elizabeth Cunningham and cellist Ariel Tooey all played skillfully and with a sense of ensemble and style. It bodes well for the future of classical music.

The Central Vermont Chamber Music tends to focus on standard composers and repertoire, but it's what these musicians, normally part of an orchestra, want to play - perhaps that's why they play it so well.

Jim Lowe, Times Argus, VT - August 21, 2023
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Pulp Fiction performed Jeffrey Zeigler, Peter Sanders, Hannah Holman, Chris Finckel (Arrangement: Bernard Amrani) on August 15, 2015 at Chandler Center for the Arts
as part of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival.

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"...Saturday's Central Vermont Chamber Festival concert Chandler Center for the Arts 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