Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 4 pm
Chandler Stage
Monday, March 27th, 2017
morning concerts at the Randolph Union High School and in Colchester

(with help from the VYOA)
for students from the Winooski area.
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Thursday August 10th, 2017
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 12th, 2017
at 7:30 pm

Schumann, Martinů and Schubert
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 13th, 2017
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Schumann, Martinů and Schubert

Thursday August 17th, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 pm

A Guide to Improvisation and Musicianship with Bob Franceschini, Ray Vega, Fima Ephron and Ben Perowsky
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Friday August 18th, 2017
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
a new approach to a festival event

String instrument and bow symposium!
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Saturday August 19th, 2017
at 10:30 am

A Special Concert for Kids
Island Time Steel Drums
and a chance for kids to have a hands on musical learning experience
Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00

Saturday August 19th, 2017
at 7:30 pm

Chamber Jazz - a new and different way
to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 20th, 2017
at 11:00 am

7th Annual Breakfast with Bach/Baroque Brunch
Orchestral Suite No. 2
in B minor, BWV 1067
and a little something extra
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
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 are now posted on this website and via Facebook. I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and events 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 Martinů.

Week two will be a new experience for the festival and we will present a program of Chamber Jazz. The Chamber Jazz concert will include music for string quartet with a jazz relationship such as Debussy, Piazzolla and Jerome Kern, as well as music drawn from two amazing jazz recordings by Chet Baker (Chet Baker with Strings) and Stan Getz (Cool Velvet & West Coast Live). The Chandler stage will be shared by an all-star Jazz quartet including Bob Franceschini (Sax), Ray Vega (Trumpet), Fima Ephron (Bass) and Ben Perowsky (Drums). Mixing both world-class classical and jazz artists will produce an exciting concert with music for many different tastes! The jazz ensemble will also play on their own including the possibility of some original tunes. The festival is very excited about this new musical collaboration!

Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be a string instrument and bow symposium / Q&A with a Luthier from NYC (Guy Rabut) and a local Vermont bow maker (Eben Bodach-Turner). 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. This event might have two sessions depending on interest. To help with scheduling we ask you to please sign up for this special concert. More information can be found on the "More Concerts" page of the website. Please watch this short video for more information about the program being offered.

We will again be working with the Vermont Youth Orchestra to bring you a side-by-side performance. The program will include the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 and a little something extra. This is another chance for the young VYO artists to 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: Delicious 'Trout' for Randolph festival's 25th

RANDOLPH - Celebrating 25 years Saturday at the Chandler Music Hall, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival returned to where it began with a delightful performance of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet. A quarter of a century ago, New York City Ballet cellist Peter Sanders began bringing his musician friends to Vermont at the end of each summer to do something they seldom had the time for in the city; play chamber music together. Sanders was already part of the community - his family summered here, beginning in his youth - and it wasn't long before his Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival was an integral part of Randolph culture.

Saturday's performance of Franz Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, is called "Trout" for the Schubert song from where it gets its theme. In fact, the work's irrepressible lyricism reflects Schubert's greatness as a songwriter, and is largely responsible for making this one of the most popular works of chamber music of all time.

Something of a piano concerto, the performance benefited from lyrical playing and the beautifully articulated expressiveness of pianist Adrienne Kim, a newcomer to the festival who also teaches at Weston's Kinhaven Music School. Although she missed some of the percussive possibilities that can punctuate the work, Kim was the anchor of the performance.

Violinist Basia Danilow, Sanders' wife and a longtime member of the festival, played with a singing lyricism. Arturo Delmoni, New York City Ballet concertmaster and another longtime regular, was heard Saturday on viola - and most expressively - as was Sanders on cello. David Mercier, a sophomore at Bard College, was the "swinging" percussion section on bass.

Another delight from the first season was Bohuslav Martinu's Three Madrigals for violin and viola. Danilow and Delmoni delivered the joy of this quirky 20th century work with spirit and lyricism. The middle one, Poco andante; andante moderato, was a uniquely beautiful mix of haunting expressiveness and passion.

Sanders and Kim opened the program with Robert Schumann's Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73. Sanders' warm lyricism was both matched and punctuated by Kim's sensitive and rhapsodic playing. In a tribute to his 98-year-old father, missing the festival for the first time, Sanders and Kim played Maurice Ravel's "Pièce en forme de Habanera," a delightful quirky work performed charmingly.

The Central Chamber Music Festival has earned its place as one of Vermont's finest music festivals. And that's saying something.

Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald, VT - August 13, 2017
Copyright © 2017, Rutland Herald

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