Thursday August 16th, 2018
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 18th, 2018
at 7:30 pm

Mozart, Washut and Vaughan Williams
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 19th, 2018
at 11:00 am

8th Annual Breakfast with Bach/Baroque Brunch
W.F. and J.S. Bach and Handel
Breakfast at 11:00 am
in the Esther Mesh Room,
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

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
at 7:00 pm

Piano Masterclass with Annemieke McLane
Admission: Free

Thursday August 23rd, 2018
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Friday August 24th, 2018
at 7:00 pm

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

Solo Piano Recital by
Vermont Artist, Annemieke McLane
Garden Tour
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Saturday August 25th, 2018
at 10:30 am

A Special Concert for Kids
Listen Up! Festival Artists will perform some music from the concert that evening and the kids in attendance will be asked to draw and/or write about the music they are hearing
Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00

Saturday August 25th, 2018
at 7:30 pm

Beethoven, Klein and Dvořák
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 26th, 2018
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Beethoven, Klein and Dvořák

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 26th season of the CVCMF, dedicated to the memory of my father - Ernest H. Sanders - and celebrating World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont. We are happy to share with you some information about the performances coming in 2018, details are posted on this website and via Facebook. Please do take a moment to follow this link to read more about Ernest Sanders. I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and events and please, do bring a friend...

2018's first week will include a wonderful piece not yet performed during the festivals history. The Piano Quintet by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams will be the final composition. Written in 1903, it has an instrumentation similar to the Schubert "Trout" Quintet performed last year; Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass & Piano. Also on this program will be a String Trio - Soneando, written by Iowa composer Robert Washut (b. 1951) and the Mozart Piano Quartet #1 in g, K. 478 last performed in the second season of the festival. Artists for week will be familiar and new. Joanna Maurer, Michael Roth, Peter Sanders, Adrienne Kim and joining the CVCMF for the first time, Marji Danilow (Double Bass).

Week two will begin with Beethoven's "Kakadu" Variations for Piano Trio and end with the sublime Dvořák Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 87 last performed by the festival in 2000. Sandwiched between these masterworks will be the Gideon Klein String Trio (1944). Artists for this week will include Arturo Delmoni, Peter Sanders, Adrienne Kim and making her festival debut, Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss (Viola).

Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be a solo Piano recital by Vermont Artist Annemieke McLane. Her "Garden Tour" includes music by Rachmaninov (Flowers), Bumble Bee, Grieg Sonata and more. Annemieke has performed at the festival before with her husband, Jeremiah McLane in 2014 & 2016.

Our Concert for Kids will be an opportunity to "Listen Up!" Kids will have a chance to hear the festival artists play just for them parts of the main concert repertoire and then create artwork and words based on their interpretation of the music performed. The kids work will then be on display in the Chandler lobby before the Saturday night concert.

We will again be working with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and its new Music Director, Benjamin Klemme to bring you another side-by-side performance. The program will be finalized soon. This is another chance for the young VYO artists to play with the CVCMF artists for the 8th 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 Instrumental Concert" in 2017 and received our fifth consecutive Owl Award presented by the Complete Hoot. Please do make plans to join us for our 26th annual 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