Sunday March 30th, 2014
at 4:00 pm

NEW THIS SEASON!
First Light Studios, 34 Pleasant Street
Randolph, Vermont
Music for Piano Trio and Smaller Ensembles from Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Beatles and RUHS student, Jacob Zimet
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering


Monday March 31st, 2014
Educational concerts for students of the
Randolph Union High School
and at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester
(Vermont Youth Orchestra Association)

Thursday August 14th, 2014
at 7:00 pm

NEW THIS SEASON
Violin Master Class
with festival artist Arturo Delmoni
in coordination with
the Vermont Youth Orchestra
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 16th, 2014
at 8:00 pm

Saturday Concert Series
2 + 2 = 3 - Music for violin, cello and piano
Tartini, Rachmaninoff, Smetana
at Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 17th, 2014
at 11:00 am

4nd Annual Breakfast with Bach
Brandenburg Concerto #3
in G Major, BWV 1048
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos
in G Minor, RV 531
Breakfast at 11:00 am in the Esther Mesh Room
in Chandler's Upper Gallery
Admission at the door: $8:00
Concert at 12:30 pm in Bethany Church
Admission at the door: Goodwill offering
Food provided by
Three Bean Cafe of Randolph


Sunday August 17th, 2014
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
2 + 2 = 3 - Music for violin, cello and piano
Tartini, Rachmaninoff, Smetana
Admission is by donation

Thursday August 21st, 2014
at 7:00 pm
Open Rehearsal
at Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Friday August 22nd, 2014
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
a new approach to a festival concert
Jeremiah McLane and Annemieke Spoelstra
Accordion & Piano
at Chandler Music Hall - Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Saturday August 23rd, 2014
at 7:00 pm

A Special Concert for Kids
Explore the music of Respighi
with VPR's Opera Host, Peter Fox Smith
and CVCMF musicians
at Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00

Sunday August 24th, 2014
at 4:00 pm

NEW THIS SEASON!
Matinee Concert
Quartets, more or less ...
Music for strings and voice

Beethoven, Kodály, Respighi, Debussy
at 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


We are pleased to announce our 22nd Season
August 11th - 24th, 2014

Welcome to the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival website!
After wonderfully successful performances on 3/30 at First Light Studios in Randolph (which included a premiere of a piece written by Randolph native and RUHS sophomore Jacob Zimet) followed by educational concerts on 3/31 at the Randolph Union High School and the Elley Long Music Center (with help from the Vermont Youth Orchestra) we are setting our sites on our summer season.

Our summer concerts will include many new additions to the festival schedule. Our website has been updated for 2014, please take a look and see what exciting events we have planned!

We are continuing with the theme of "All about Community" that was developed two years ago and the spectacular artwork that Edward Koren created for us will once again be featured. Our relationship with the Vermont Youth Orchestra continues to grow and we will present another Breakfast with Bach (and friends) concert featuring the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto and the Vivaldi Two Cello Concerto. One solo will be performed by a festival Artist and the other will be performed by a VYO Young Artist. We will also be presenting a Violin Master-Class in collaboration with the VYO.

A new concert concept is born this year with Friday Night in the Gallery, 8/22 at 7 pm. This will be a concert in an informal setting with Jeremiah McLane & Annemieke Spoelstra performing music for accordion and piano. A wonderful art exhibit will surround these musical artists. The concert is FREE and tea/coffee and baked goods will be supplied by the Three Bean Cafe for $5.00.

More information about the many wonderful Artists and Programs being featured this season can can be found by visiting all the areas of this site. Thank you for stopping by and see you at the Chandler...




Hello Friends, GOOD NEWS!
I am very happy to report that the performance from the 2013 festival of the Max Bruch String Quartet in c minor, Op. 9 was featured on Performance Today.

Bravo to my good friends and colleagues Cyrus Beroukhim, Adela Peña and David Cerutti for joining me for this concert.

Enjoy...PETER SANDERS

Visit their website at performancetoday.publicradio.org



Our First Concerts!
The first concerts of the 22nd season of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival were performed on 3/30 at First Light Studios and on 3/31 for students at the RUHS and at the Elley-Long Music Center for K-5 students from the Winooski area with assistance from the Vermont Youth Orchestra. While planning these concerts just after returning home to NJ last September, I certainly was not thinking about the weather at the end of March. I was more focused on bringing another varied and interesting program to the community. Boy did that focus shift this past Saturday.

Just before leaving to drive North to Vermont I happened to look at the weather, the radar showed a large area of green (rain) and warned of flooding from the Princeton, NJ area all the way up through Randolph. Although spring had sprung here in NJ I knew that there was still quite a bit of snow in VT and I began to get concerned about travel, flooding and audience. Although it certainly did rain, the rest of my concerns were unfounded.

Our concert at Bob Eddy's First Light Studios was well attended and the audience was treated to a program titled: from Bach to the Beatles and Beyond. It included music by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, the Beatles and RUHS sophomore Jacob Zimet. Jacob had been mentored by the Randolph area composer, Erik Nielsen to create a piece for Piano Trio specifically for these concerts. His Piano Trio in c minor had a Spanish flair and he and Mr. Nielsen spoke briefly about the process and then the World Premier began. Bravo Jacob and thank you Bob and Kathy!

The next day brought two student concerts, (hosted by Mr. Nielsen) that were warmly received and included discussion about Jacob's piece, the Bach, a movement of Beethoven and the Beatles Medley that was commissioned for these concerts by the French cellist/arranger Bernard Amrani. Although the sun was nowhere to be found, this arrangement certainly warmed everyone up with six songs arranged for Piano Trio. Assistance in organizing these concerts came from Josh Stumpff (RUHS), Jeffrey Domoto (VYO Music Director and Conductor) and Rosina Cannizzaro (VYO Executive Director). We were thrilled to bring World-class Music to the Heart of Vermont and prove again that the CVCMF is All about Community.




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Music Review: Grand opening for Chandler festival: by Jim Lowe - August 18, 2014

Saturday's Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival opening concert was about as good as one is likely to hear in Vermont - which means anywhere in the world.

Celebrating its 22nd year at Chandler Music Hall, the two-week New York-based chamber music festival opened with three masterpieces, expertly and beautifully played. The major work was Czech composer Bedrich Smetana's Piano Trio in g minor, Opus 15. The Bohemian-flavored 1855 work rambles beautifully, mixing passion with pathos, in the mid-Romantic tradition.

Read the full review here


Music Review: At 21, more satisfying than ever: by Jim Lowe - August 19, 2013

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival opened its 21st summer season Saturday at the Chandler Music Hall with an unusual program that proved most satisfying. Remaining concerts are in Randolph and Montpelier through next weekend.

The major work Saturday, though, was a staple of the chamber music repertoire. Johannes Brahms' 1865 "Horn Trio," the Trio in E-flat Major, Opus 40, is a grand and lyrical work, full of beauty, passion and deep emotion.

Read the full review here


Music Review From the Sublime to the Spectacular: by Jim Lowe - August 20, 2012

The three major works were likely unknown to virtually anyone in the audience at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival's opening concert Saturday at Chandler Music Hall, but there certainly were no complaints - for they ranged from the sublime to the spectacular. Spectacular, if not quite a masterpiece, was Camille Saint-Saëns overtly virtuosic Piano Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 41. Full of late French Romantic excess, the work is passionately lyrical, extremely demanding of its players, and exciting as well as joyful.

Read the full review here



Read an article by Peter Goodman about the festival appearing in the March/April 2012 edition of Chamber Music Magazine (a publication of
Chamber Music America).





On March 26th, 2012 we performed two student concerts, one at the Randolph Union High School and one at the Wellspring Waldorf School (Photo above). Thank you to everyone at the Wellspring Steiner School for welcoming us into your community - especially Amy Rosalbo! - with Michael Roth, Dr. Jon-Richard Knoff, Louise Owen, Peter Sanders and Cyrus Beroukhim.

We were also thrilled to have had
WCAX TV join us at the Wellspring Waldorf School concert!



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"...Saturday's Central Vermont Chamber Festival concert at 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