Thursday August 18th, 2016
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 20th, 2016
at 7:30 pm

Beethoven and Brahms
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 21st, 2016
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Beethoven and Brahms

Thursday August 25th, 2016
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Friday August 26th, 2016
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
a new approach to a festival concert
Annemieke & Jeremiah McLane,
Piano & Accordion

An encore performance of this wonderful Central Vermont Duo!
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Saturday August 27th, 2016
at 10:30 am

A Special Concert for Kids
Join Annemieke & Jeremiah McLane
as they perform
Poulenc's L'Histoire de Babar
and selections from Ravel's Mother Goose Rhymes Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00

Saturday August 27th, 2016
at 7:30 pm

String Quartets - a program of
beautiful music both familiar, and not so!

Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 28th, 2016
at 11:00 am

6th Annual Breakfast with Bach
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto #5
and a little something extra!
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

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 24th annual season of the festival, celebrating World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont. We are excited to share these wonderful concerts with you, details can be found on this website and via Facebook. I look forward to seeing you at one of the concerts and please, bring a friend...

This season will include the magnificent Archduke Piano Trio by Beethoven paired with the Brahms g minor Piano Quartet during week one and a program of String Quartets including an early (Op. 2) by Strauss, the Dvořák American and the lovely Gershwin Lullaby for the second week.

Also planned are the Friday Night in the Gallery concert and Concert for Kids both performed by the wonderful local artists Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane. This special duo played for the first Friday Night in the Gallery to a sold out house so make your plans now to be there!

We will again be working with the Vermont Youth Orchestra to bring you a side-by-side performance of the 5th Bach Brandenburg concerto. Young VYO artists will play with the CVCMF artists for the 6th annual Breakfast with Bach. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy delicious fare prepared by the Three Bean Cafe of Randolph and a concert in the beautiful Bethany Church.

We were voted "Best Classical Music Concert" in 2015 and received our third consecutive Owl Award given by the Complete Hoot. Please do make plans to join us for our 24th season and see you at the Chandler.

Peter Sanders - Artistic Director

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.

Music Review: Masterful performances close Chandler festival

RANDOLPH - The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival closed its 23rd season at Chandler Music Hall Saturday with a program of particular substance. Two chamber music masterpieces by great masters were performed masterfully.

(The program was repeated Sunday at Woodstock's Unitarian Universalist Church, and will be performed again on Nov. 1 at the Brooklyn Public Library; see the website for information.)

Johannes Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Opus 111, was the big success of the program. Led by violinist Arturo Delmoni, violinists Basia Danilow, Kathryn Lockwood and David Cerutti, and cellist Peter Sanders (the festival's founder and artistic director) played beautifully - meaning not just well, but with beautiful sound and expression.

Most importantly, these fine players gave the work full Romantic dimension without "romanticizing" it. Although Brahms was a certainly a Romantic composer, stretching the lines to be expressive, unlike in Schumann, kills his music's power. These players were passionate throughout - but reserved enough to deliver that power.

The five veteran musicians achieved a glorious sound, particularly rich in the slow movement, Adagio. The opening Allegro non troppo con brio had plenty of just that - brio. The scherzo was lyrical, while the finale's drive was quite exciting. This was playing as fine as one can find anywhere among Vermont's summer music festivals.

The program's opener, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515, sounded glorious, but took a bit to take off. The personnel shifted a bit: Delmoni remained on first violin, but was joined by Adela Peña on second; Cerutti moved to first viola, with Lockwood on second; and Sanders was still cellist.

The opening two movements, Allegro and a menuet and trio, were elegant and beautiful sounding, but a little too restrained to deliver the music's sparkle and depth. However, with the Andante, the spirit took off - without ever violating the work's Classical strictures.

The expressiveness intensified and the Andante's lyricism became joyful. And the final Allegro had the drive to keep it exciting, never losing Mozart's elegance. This music demands plenty of virtuosity that is seldom showy - except, perhaps the first violin - and these folks delivered.

With 23 years under its belt, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival is able to deliver truly satisfying performances of these masterpieces - only possible from mature players.

Jim Lowe, Times Argus, VT - August 24, 2015
Copyright © 2015, Times Argus

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