30th Season
August 8th - 20th, 2022

Thursday, August 11th, 2022
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Saturday, August 13th, 2022
at 7:30 pm

String Quartet, Duo and Quintet -
Fanny Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius and Beethoven

Chandler Center for the Arts

Sunday August 14th, 2022
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
String Quartet, Duo and Quintet -
Fanny Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius and Beethoven

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

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022
at 7:00 pm

A Special Event
Pedro Giraudo Tango 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.
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission at the door: $20.00

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Friday, August 19th, 2022
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be a Master-class with students from the Vermont Youth Orchestra coached by festival artists.
Chandler Center for the Arts
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

Saturday, August 20th, 2022
at 7:30 pm

Strings and Piano -
Gabriel Fauré, Witold Lutoslawski, César Franck

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 30th Season - August 8th - 20th, 2022

Welcome to the 30th year of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival!

- World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont -

The dates are set for our anniversary season,
August 8 - 20, 2022.

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, Artists and specific dates are now set. Please see what we have planned.

We are calling this season Voila, Viola!
Each major program includes a duo featuring the Viola.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to celebrating with you
in August of 2022.

In the meantime, please enjoy our performances from last summer
that are available on YouTube. Search for CVCMF 2021.

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.

Festival closes with joy of string quartets

Photo by Robert Eddy

RANDOLPH - The string quartet is considered the most intimate form of chamber music and is most often performed by performed by established ensembles that play together nearly all the time. So when the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival closed its 28th season, Saturday at Chandler Music Hall, with a program of three string quartets, it presented a challenge - one the four excellent musicians met with confidence and a sense of joy.

The major work was Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1, the first of the composer's 16 unrivaled masterpieces in the form. Although still very classical, Beethoven's originality represents beginning of the break from the formality of Franz Joseph Haydn, his teacher and the father of the form.

Violinists Arturo Delmoni and Michael Roth, violist Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss and cellist Peter Sanders, the festival's founder and artistic director, are all expert instrumentalists, yet none them are members of a string quartet. Still, they are all members of the New York City Ballet Orchestra - and they are friends.

In the Beethoven, they delivered both the classical elegance and the drama of the work. Delmoni tempered his usual bravura playing to become an equal part of the ensemble as all four responded sensitively and effectively with each other. Although Delmoni and Bryla-Weiss are more extravagant in their playing, and Roth and Sanders more reserved, their ensemble was seamless. This was beautiful and potent Beethoven.

The unexpected success of the concert was Ralph Vaughan Williams' 1940-41 Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes. Transcribed from the original organ score for strings by Arnold Foster, the three varied rhythmically but all were wonderfully lush, and delivered beautifully by these players. It was a real pleasure to hear the warm English sound of Vaughan Williams "in miniature."

Roth, once the concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival orchestra, took over the first violin chair for the opening Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, "The Rider." Though more reserved than Delmoni, Roth proved no less sensitive in a performance where the all-important detail work was clear and precise, and the result a beautiful mix of elegance and drama - with just a touch of Haydn's trademark quirkiness.

Saturday's closing concert of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival proved one of its best. Let's hope for more of the same in 2022.

Jim Lowe, Times Argus, VT - August 22, 2021
Copyright © 2021, Times Argus

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