April 17th, 2013
In school concerts for students of the
Randolph Union High School and
Wellspring Waldorf School
August 11th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
The Central Vermont
Chamber Music Festival's
16th Annual Gala Fundraising Evening
benefitting the Festival's 21st season
Please contact Janet Watton
for more information
email link or 802-728-9402.
August 15th, 2013, 7:00 pm
New in 2013!
French Horn Master Class
with Ellen Dinwiddie Smith
featuring young, local horn players,
including members of
the Vermont Youth Orchestra
Chandler Music Hall
August 17th, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Saturday Concert Series
at Chandler Music Hall
August 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am
3nd Annual Breakfast with Bach
Breakfast at 11:00 am
in the Esther Mesh Room
in Chandler's Upper Gallery
Concert at 12:30 pm
in Bethany Church
Food provided by
Three Bean Cafe of Randolph
August 18th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
An Encore Performance
Pentangle Council on the Arts
Woodstock Unitarian Universalist Church
August 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm
at Chandler Music Hall
August 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 am
A special Concert for Kids
Island Time Steel Band
Off to the Islands!
Chandler Music Hall
August 23rd, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Bartok, Berio, Piston, Bruch
Unitarian Universalist Church in Montpelier
130 Main Street, Montpelier, VT
August 24th, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Saturday Concert Series
Bartok, Berio, Piston, Bruch
at Chandler Music Hall
August 25th, 2013 at 12:30 pm - Free
N. Main & Pleasant Streets
Island Time Steel Band
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
Artists of the 2013 season:
Cyrus Beroukhim, violin
Basia Danilow, violin
Arturo Delmoni, violin and viola
Adela Peña, violin
David Cerutti, viola
Katherine Anderson, viola
Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Peter Sanders, cello
Jung Lin, piano
Thomas Schmidt, piano
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn
Yousif Sheronick, percussion
Jeffrey Domoto, music director and conductor
Island Time String Band
Vermont Youth Orchestra Artists
Repertoire and Artists from 1993 to present
Violinist Cyrus Beroukhim's luxurious sound and innate eloquence consistently draw in audiences around the world. Equally adept as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has appeared at major venues including the Theaterplatz and Paul Klee Zentrum in Bern, Novell Hall in Taipei, Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Kravis center in Palm Beach, The Barns at Wolf Trap in Washington D.C., Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and various halls throughout Germany, Luxembourg, Japan, and Israel. His performances of Bach and Vivaldi Concerti with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields were heralded as "flawless and sensitive" by the Zeitung im Espace Mittelland (Switzerland). As a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 2009, Mr. Beroukhim has been featured as soloist with the company and has also appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and several Baroque and chamber orchestras throughout the United States. Cyrus Beroukhim's diverse musical activities are a reflection of his passionate interest in different genres of music. In 2007, he founded the Zukofsky Quartet and immediately tackled the most challenging music of today's living and recently deceased composers. The quartet's performances of the complete Milton Babbitt cycle were praised as "supple and polished" (The New York Times) and "making the daunting and very difficult, beautiful" (Chicago Tribune). As a member of Classical Jam, an ensemble that explores the music of different cultures through original compositions and improvisation, he continuously pushes the envelope of classical music in a rapidly changing world. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Beroukhim started playing the violin at the age of three. He pursued his undergraduate degree at the Oberlin Conservatory and went on to receive his Master and Doctorate of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Cho-Liang Lin. Joining the faculty of SUNY Fredonia in 2010, he currently teaches at Columbia University in New York City. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammaphon, Vanguard Classics, Naxos, Aeon, and New World Records, and has been broadcast live on NPR, WQXR 96.3 (New York), and K-Mozart (Los Angeles). His performance of Saint-Saëns "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" earned him the distinction of "crème de la crème" on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."
Violinist Basia Danilow's playing has been described as "...star quality... Ms. Danilow is clearly an accomplished virtuoso whose playing has snap crackle and pop." ( New York Concert Review) Ms. Danilow enjoys a diverse musical life encompassing chamber music, recording, orchestral and solo performances in the U.S. and abroad. A winner of the Artists International Competition she has appeared in recital at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation as well as in Yugoslavia and Russia. Ms. Danilow enjoys performing and recording as a member of the internationally acclaimed LARK Quartet. (larkquartet.com) Highlights of this past season include world premieres of William Bolcom's "Billy in the Darbies" with baritone Stephen Salters in LA and Nico Muhly's "Big Time" for quartet plus percussion with Yousif Sheronick at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival as well as concerts in NYC and at the Freer Gallery in Washington DC. The quartet's recording of Pulitzer prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon's music along with pianist Gary Graffman will be released this December on Bridge Records. LARK has already begun work on their next CD also featuring Pulitzer prize winning composers John Adams, William Bolcom and Paul Moravec's Piano Quintet with pianist, Jeremy Denk. In addition to her busy concert schedule with LARK, Ms Danilow is concertmaster of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra often appearing as soloist. She is also a member of the Orchestra of St. Lukes and performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, NPR's "Performance Today", Vermont Public Radio and PBS. She regularly appears at numerous festivals such as Caramoor, Lincoln Center Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Windham, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the International Summer Institute at the Moscow Conservatory and has recorded for Sony, Atlantic, RCA Victor Red Seal and Bridge Records. Ms. Danilow received her education at the Mannes College of Music, Montclair State University and the Moscow Conservatory. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, cellist Peter Sanders, their two children, Erich, 10 and Aniela, 8 and the family cat and dog, Samson and Delilah.
Arturo Delmoni, violin, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His remarkably distinctive playing embodies the romantic warmth that is the special province of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Yo-Yo Ma describes Delmoni as "an enormously gifted musician and an impeccable violinist. His playing style is unique, and his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of that of great violinists from a bygone era." Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, says, "Delmoni's playing always goes right to the heart, and his charisma is irresistible." Delmoni's stylish, elegant interpretations of classical masterpieces have earned him critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote "It's hard to imagine how the violin could be much better played than Delmoni did - he plays with astonishing speed, lightness, fluency and sweetness of tone." Alan Heatherington of the American Record Guide wrote "The growing discography of Arturo Delmoni testifies to a musician who must possess an artistic soul of exceptional beauty. Each new issue reveals additional aspects of a winsome musical personality and verifies an impression of great warmth and geniality." Delmoni made his debut at Carnegie Hall at age 14 playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Little Orchestra Society under Thomas Scherman. Since then he has been a soloist with the St. Louis, Dallas, Spokane, Jupiter, El Paso, Glendale and Tucson Symphony Orchestras; the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the California Chamber Symphony; the New York City Ballet Orchestra; the Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Boston, Omaha and Kansas City Philharmonics; and the Boston Pops. He has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Hong Kong. As a chamber musician, Delmoni has performed with illustrious colleagues such as Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Ax, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane and Dudley Moore. Songs My Mother Taught Me, Delmoni's recording of romantic miniatures, received extraordinary reviews from prominent critics. Audiophiles and audio critics generally regard his recording of unaccompanied violin music of Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Bach as a reference for the sound of a solo violin. Delmoni's duo recital recording with cellist Nathaniel Rosen, entitled "Music for a Glass Bead Game" was nominated for an AFIM Indie Award, received a Golden Ear award, and was on Fanfare's "Best of the Year" list. Arturo Delmoni plays a JB Guadagnini, 1780, and a viola from the same period.
Adela Peña, violin, a native New Yorker, enjoys touring the U.S., Europe and Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for which she has served as concertmaster, and recorded several CD's on the Deutsche Grammophon label. As a founding member of the Eroica Trio, she can be heard on seven CD's released by the EMI label, and has received two Grammy nominations. She has appeared as soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with notable orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh symphonies, as well as the Hong Kong and Budapest philharmonic and Prague Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and recitalist, she has played with the English Chamber Orchestra, performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sorbonne in Paris, and toured England, Italy and South America. She earned her Bachelor's and Masrer's degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Margaret Pardee. She was also greatly influenced by her first teacher Rochelle Walton, and her coaches Felix Galimir and Harry Shub. Ms. Pena has participated in various summer festivals, including Ravinia, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Monadnock and Central Vermont. Since starting the violin at the age of four, she has received tremendous support and inspiration from family, friends and colleagues, for which she continues to be very grateful.
David Cerutti, viola, performs internationally as violist and violist d'amore. A resident of New York, Mr. Cerutti is co-principal violist of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. He appears regularly with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has been a guest soloist at Lincoln Center for The Chamber Music Society and is a regular participant in the Helicon Concert Series, founded by the late Albert Fuller. He is a former member of the Smithson String Quartet and has been a guest artist with The Brentano String Quartet and The Cygnus Ensemble. Mr. Cerutti has collaborated with members of Ensemble Archibudelli on a recording of the Mendelssohn and Gade String Octets, performed on Stradivarius instruments for the Sony Classical label, and his unedited performance of J.S. Bach's Sixth Brandenburg Concerto was chosen by National Public Radio as one of seven best live recordings of Bach from Performance Today. His recordings of Brahms' G Major Sextett and Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht will be released this year on the Meyer Media label. He was featured viola d'amore soloist last year in the Met's production of Janacek's Makropoulos Case, and is presently collaborating on a viola concerto with Mika Pelo, composer in residence at UC Davis. This year, he joined the Loma Mar Quartet in two weeks of performances of Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Dvorak's Piano Quintet (Op. 81) for the San Francisco Ballet. David is very happy to be appearing at the CVCMF again this summer, and performs at various other summer music festivals, including Newport Music Festival (RI), Aspen, Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Aix-en-Provence, Mostly Mozart (NYC), and the Tahoe Summer Music Festival.
Katherine Anderson, viola, performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, and in major orchestras. A frequent performer with the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Houston DaCamera Society, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva, Griffin Music Ensemble, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series, Music from Eden's Edge, and the Lawrence Chamber Players, Ms. Anderson has also collaborated with the Cleveland, Meliora, Brentano and Ridge Quartets, and with such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Paula Robison, Steven Doane, Peter Salaff, and Sergiu Luca. Ms. Anderson began her musical studies on the violin at the age of six in Sacramento, California. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin and her Master of Music degree in viola from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with members of the Cleveland Quartet. She has also studied with Nobuko Imai, Joyce Robbins, and Jeffrey Irvine. A fine teacher as well as a performer, Ms. Anderson has served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Greenwood Summer Chamber Music Camp. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1992, Ms. Anderson also served as Associate Principal Viola in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Anderson currently lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY with her husband, violinist Calvin Wiersma, and their two children.
Kathryn Lockwood has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country. The Cleveland Plain Dealer proclaimed, "...Lockwood played the vociferous viola cadenza with mahogany beauty and vivid character." Ms. Lockwood is the violist of the internationally renowned Lark Quartet and performs with numerous other prestigious groups including Jupiter Chamber Players, Trio Solisti, Triple Helix, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Kathryn moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1991 only to capture some of the most sought-after awards in the country including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Concert Artists Guild Management Award, and awards at solo competitions such as the Primrose Competition, Washington International Competition, and the Pasadena Instrumental Competition. As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, Ms. Lockwood has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall, Corcoran Gallery, St. Lawrence Center, and University of Thessaloniki / Greece, and has been heard live on NPR's Performance Today. Ms. Lockwood collaborated with violist Michael Tree on an all Dvorak CD and composer Easley Blackwood on recordings released by Cedille Records. In 2005 Kathryn released a solo recital CD of Viola Music by Inessa Zaretsky, "Fireoptics", about which Strad declared "Lockwood is absolutely inside the music's idiom finding appropriate tonal shadings".
Ms. Lockwood is currently on faculty at University of Massachusetts/Amherst, previously serving on the faculty at Rutgers University in NJ, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Music Institute of Chicago, and National Music Camp in Australia. Ms. Lockwood earned her Master's Degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan.
Peter Sanders, cello, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders is a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, which had its inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble and is currently a member of the Ariadne Trio. He has participated in many summer festivals including the Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival (faculty position), CVCMF, Lancaster Festival, Ohio (where he was principal cello from 1992-98), Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Park City & SLC Autumn Classics Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. As a studio musician Mr. Sanders has recorded for a variety of popular artists including Pat Metheny, Jewel, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Bey and Carlinhos Brown. He can be heard on the Delos, Muse, Bridge, RCA Victor-Red Seal, New World, On the Lamb and KOCH International Classics labels. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, NPR's "Performance Today", PBS and Vermont Public Radio.
Pianist Jung Lin has been acclaimed for her poetic and virtuosic pianism. A native of Taiwan, she conducted her own orchestral works at age 12, won numerous competitions in her native country, and was featured on Taiwan's major news program "90 minutes." At sixteen her symphonic poem, "The Black Wedding" was given its premiere by the Juilliard Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. While at Juilliard Ms. Lin studied composition with the renowned American composer David Diamond, and for six years, piano with the eminent pianist Martin Canin.
One of the outstanding Chopin pianists of her generation, Ms. Lin has given numerous all Chopin recitals. In 1999, the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death, she was heard at such prestigious venues as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at the Mannes College of Music, the Summit Festival, the Kosciuszko Polish Foundation, and in China. In October, 1999 she was featured at New York's Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in the Gala Chopin recital which included 25 world renowned pianists. In addition to Chopin, Jung Lin is an avid champion of Nikolai Medtner and her repertoire of the great Russian composer is extensive. She makes it a point to include some Medtner on each of her programs.
During 2004 Ms. Lin was invited by radio station WQXR to perform three recitals at the New York Botanical Garden, playing to capacity audiences and worldwide on wqxr.com. In 2004 she was also heard as guest soloist in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a performance that drew the following spectacular praise from the local press: "Lin demonstrated incredible luminosity and technical command during the piece ...Lin's dexterity and approach at her instrument drew raves and a standing ovation from the audience following the concerto. Lin is disciplined, talented and possesses amazing technique. Lin's destiny, it appears, is just beginning to be written. It seems to be headed for greatness of incredible proportion."
Thomas Schmidt, piano, has had a multifaceted career as pianist, organist, conductor and composer. He has been pianist of the Arden Trio ever since it was founded in 1979. They have concertized extensively throughout the country, and have been resident artists in many communities, reaching out with educational presentations to school audiences of all ages. Their recordings on the Delos, Naxos, and Canal Grande labels are frequently heard on public radio. Thomas has also been a member of the Omni Ensemble for the past five years. For over twenty years he was professor of music at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. Since 1990 he has been Director of Music for Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in Manhattan, directing the choir, playing the organ, and composing liturgical music. He is also the conductor of the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association and associate conductor of the Gregg Smith Singers. He has been a featured organist for two national conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and was a featured organist for the 2005 Region II convention of the American Guild of Organists. He has often given workshops on service and hymn playing for AGO and ALCM groups. Dr. Schmidt's undergraduate degree, in church music, is from Valparaiso University. His graduate degrees are in piano, with an M.M. from the University of Wisconsin and a D.M.A. from Yale University. Long-time residents of Manhattan, he and his wife Kathy live in Harlem and enjoy city life, cultural events, cooking, biking, gardening, and frequent visits from family.
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, a horn player, with the Minnesota Orchestra, contributes to Twin Cities musical life as a chamber music series creator, guest soloist, chamber music performer and private instructor.
Smith is Artistic Director of the Colonial Chamber Series, which she developed and launched in 2006, with concerts held at Colonial Church in Edina. She has performed as a guest soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra. Smith collaborated with the Dale Warland Singers on their CD Britten, Bernstein, et al., as a soloist in Ahron Harlap's Bat Yiftach (Jephthah's Daughter). She was a featured artist at the 2003 International Horn Society Workshop at Indiana University and has served on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Smith has performed at the Spoleto, Waterloo, Chautauqua, Keystone, Colorado Philharmonic and Aspen summer music festivals.
Smith is a 1987 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Previous to Curtis, she attended the Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Myron Bloom and Wayne Barrington. She was named third horn of the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra while still a student at Curtis and joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as co-principal horn. Smith maintains an active teaching studio in the Twin Cities and is adjunct professor of horn at Bethel College.
Hailed by the New York Times for his "dazzling improvisations" Yousif Sheronick, percussion, appears internationally as a soloist and chamber musician with world-renowned groups and artists such as Philip Glass, Ethos Percussion Group, Glen Velez, Foday Musa Suso, Simon Shaheen, Henry Threadgill, Lark Quartet and Paul Winter Consort. Sheronick's unique style encompasses traditions and instruments from the Middle East, North and West Africa, Brazil, India, and Europe. His ability to work in such diverse genres is due to his training in contemporary classical, jazz, world and rock music, which he seamlessly fuses into his playing. Critics say Yousif "is capable of creating hypnotic atmospheres" (Mundoclasico) where he "transports the listener to another dimension." (Ritmic). Sheronick has performed at Prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London) and Wigmore Hall (London), and has collaborated with Distinguished musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Marcel Khalife, Sonny Fortune and Cindy Blackman. Mr. Sheronick recently released his critically acclaimed solo CD titled "Silk Thread" which Modern Drummer Magazine calls "a testimony to his genius". He also released a Riq Instructional DVD which Rhythm Magazine (UK) says "is a must to uncover the mysteries of this ancient instrument." He has appeared throughout the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia with festival appearances including the JVC and Newport Jazz Festivals, Jazztel (Madrid), Renaissance Festival (Rethymno, Greece) Early Music Festival (Regensburg, Germany) and Jerusalem Festival (Palestine). He has performed live on NPR's "Performance Today" and John Schaffer's "New Sounds." An active clinician, Mr. Sheronick teaches master classes at home in the US and abroad. Mr. Sheronick is artist in residence with Ethos Percussion Group at Lehman College (Bronx, NY) and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Iowa.
Jeffrey Domoto, Music Director & Conductor
Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (YAO), previously a member of the conducting staffs of the New York City Opera and Minnesota Opera, Jeffrey Domoto has worked extensively with young musicians and appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras in the US and abroad. Mr. Domoto is a native of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Domoto has worked with young musicians at the Sewanee Music Festival, the Kinhaven School, and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and with the youth orchestras of Nanjing and Guangzhou, China. Since 1998, he has held the position of Music Director for the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, an organization that perpetuates the singer's legacy through the support of young and emerging vocalists and entertainers. In addition to providing overall artistic leadership of the VYOA, Mr. Domoto conducts the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Vermont Youth Sinfonia.
Racing along with our new global society, duoJalal surprises the music world with their diverse and stunning artistry. duoJalal "are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures" raves the Toronto Star. Like the marriage between Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick, their music represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. Audiences are enthralled as a classically trained violist from Australia ignites her instrument with passion - one minute embodying a gypsy violinist, the next a Middle Eastern reed flutist. Yousif, of Lebanese descent, dazzles as he manipulates sound by simply snapping his fingers at the edge of an Egyptian frame drum or dragging his foot across the Peruvian cajon. From their chamber music foundation, duoJalal moves from Classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to Jazz, with a skillful confluence that is natural, exploratory and passionate. Inspired by their namesake, 13th century poet Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures and races, duoJalal opens their doors to all communities for a diverse and stimulating inter-cultural experience. For the past five years duoJalal has performed throughout the United States, Australia and Brazil regularly performing world premiers of works composed or arranged for the group by Philip Glass, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, David Krakauer and Giovanni Sollima. duoJalal recently released their first CD on Innova Recordings titled "A Different World". Critics hail the new CD as an "exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience" (Jordon Times). The Toronto Star exclaims "If this is what the world music's future holds, bring on the party." Always eager to collaborate, the duo also offers two additional programs, one with piano trio and another with dancers. The duo recently premiered a new work with piano trio in San Antonio TX by composer Jack Stamps and also created a wonderful program with two dancers at UMASS/Amherst. Also known for their outstanding teaching skills, duoJalal offers masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles as well as world drumming to both children and adults. Recent masterclasses were held at Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention.
Island Time Steel Band is a tropical quartet that delights in sharing the happy sounds, upbeat vibes, and amazing history and culture of Caribbean Steel "Pan" music with audiences from Montreal to Key West. Begun in 2002 by band leader Scott Paulson, as an offshoot project of Vermont's largest steel band "The Panhandlers," The focus of Island Time is not only to get people excited about this great body of music, but to tell the story about, and bring a deeper understanding to, the culture of the island of Trinidad that gave birth to one of the few NEW acoustic instruments of modern times. The bands repertoire ranges from easy going calypsos to firery Trinidadian Socas, with some american pop thrown in for good measure. Scott, who is the founder of The Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, Vermont, maintains a busy performance and steel band workshop schedule. In the group he performs on "lead pan," and is joined by wife Barbara Smith, who while not playing "double lead" steel pans, keeps herself busy teaching Classical Flute, Jazz Saxophone, and Clarinet, as well as performing in several other ensembles. They are joined by long time friend and busy bassist Guy Best, and rising star Jeremy Kendall on drums. The ensemble has performed for groups of all ages around New England and beyond. Numerous Conga lines have been known to form spontaneously!
Vermont Youth Orchestra Artists The CVCMF is thrilled to have a new community connection with the VYO and thanks all the young artists for their involvement with the Breakfast with Bach concert.