Friday August 14th, 2015
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
a new approach to a festival concert
Jeffrey Zeigler - Solo Cello
playing music from
his recently released solo album
Chandler Music Hall's
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering

Saturday August 15th, 2015
at 10:30 am

New This Season
Cello Workshop
with festival artists Chris Finckel,
Hannah Holman, Peter Sanders &
Jeffrey Zeigler in coordination with
the Vermont Youth Orchestra.
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 15th, 2015
at 8:00 pm

A Cello-bration!
Music for Cello Quartet

Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 16th, 2015
at 11:00 am

5th Annual Breakfast with Bach(ianas)
Heitor Villa-Lobos -
Bachianas Brasileiras #1
for Eight Cellos, and a surprise or two!
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

Thursday August 20th, 2015
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Music Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday August 22nd, 2015
at 10:30 am
New Date and Time
A Special Concert for Kids
Join the festival artists for a wonderful chamber version of
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
for Strings and Piano
Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00

Saturday August 22nd, 2015
at 8:00 pm

Viola Quintets by the Masters
Chandler Music Hall
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Sunday August 23rd, 2015
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Viola Quintets by the Masters
Admission is by donation

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

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

More information about the many wonderful Artists and Programs that were featured this season can be found by visiting all the areas of this site.

Thank you for stopping by and see you at the Chandler next year...

PETER SANDERS - Artistic Director

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.


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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 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 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 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