28th Season
August 9th - 22nd, 2021

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
at 7:00 pm

Concert for the Community!
A special concert on the Chandler stage. Including Bach Piano Concerto #5 in
f minor (Adrienne Kim, Piano soloist) played with a String Quintet accompaniment.
Our 10th collaboration with the Vermont Youth Orchestra is not possible this year but we look forward to the return of Breakfast with Bach in 2022.
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Saturday, August 14th, 2021
at 7:30 pm

Piano & Strings - Robert Fuchs, Schubert, Guiseppe Martucci
Chandler Center for the Arts
Buy Tickets

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
at 7:00 pm

A Special Event
Daily Special barbershop quartet!

This new addition to the festival offerings was such a hit in 2019 we are adding another interesting and thoroughly enjoyable ensemble. Program selections announced from the stage
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission at the door: $20.00
or Buy Tickets

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
at 7:00 pm

Open Rehearsal
Chandler Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Friday, August 20th, 2021
at 7:00 pm

Friday Night in the Gallery
Friday Night in the Gallery this year will be a concert with Vermont Artists Annemieke & Jeremiah McLane. This concert will be specially tailored for kids of all ages!
Chandler Center for the Arts
Downstairs Gallery
Admission: Free, goodwill offering at the door

Saturday, August 21st, 2021
at 7:30 pm

String Quartets by Haydn, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven
Chandler Center for the Arts
Buy Tickets

Sunday August 22nd, 2021
at 4:00 pm

An Encore Performance
String Quartets by Haydn, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven

Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Woodstock Unitarian Universalist Church
Presented with help from Pentangle Council on the Arts
Admission at the door: 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 Center for the Arts 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

Our 28th Season - August 9th - 22nd, 2021

Welcome to the redo of the 28th season of the CVCMF, celebrating World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont. Dates will be August 9th - 22nd, 2021. We are excited to share with you information about the performances coming in August. PLEASE NOTE that as the Governor of Vermont has halted all restrictions, we will play LIVE and will also LIVESTREAM the concerts. Chandler is a large enough venue that we feel confident that enjoying the concerts in person will indeed be possible. Join us in whatever way is comfortable for you.

We will update you with any changes, if necessary, on this website and via the festival's Facebook page.

Mixing it Up!

I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and events and please, do bring a friend...

2021's first week will include music for Piano & Strings with two works never before heard at the festival.

Robert Fuchs Trio in f sharp minor for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 115 (1921)
Franz Schubert Quartetsatz in d minor, D. 703
Guiseppe Martucci Piano Quintet in C major, Op. 45

The first week will feature our visit with Walter Parker at Vermont Public Radio (still to be confirmed, stay tuned!), our 10th collaboration with the Vermont Youth Orchestra will not be able to happen this season but a very special Gift to the Community Concert will happen in its place, and our weekly Open Rehearsal. PLEASE NOTE that our Gift to the Community concert will take place on Wednesday evening at 7 pm this year and will be on the Chandler Stage!

Artists for Week 1 will be:
Violinists: Joanna Maurer, Louise Owen
Violist: Michael Roth
Cellist: Peter Sanders
Pianist: Adrienne Kim

Week 2 will include String Quartets by Haydn, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven. This program will be performed BOTH in Chandler and in Woodstock, VT. Also included during this week will be the Daily Special barbershop quartet, our second Special Event in as many years on August 18th at 7 pm. An Open Rehearsal on the 19th and we are proud to present Vermont Artists Annemieke & Jeremiah McLane in a Friday Night in the Gallery Concert on August 20th at 7 pm. This program will be specially tailored for kids of all ages!

Joseph Haydn Quartet in g minor, Op. 74, No. 3 "The Ryder"
Ralph Vaughan Williams Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (Household Music)
Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1

Artists for Week 2 will be:
Violinists: Arturo Delmoni, Michael Roth
Violist: Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss
Cellist: Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders - Artistic Director

Artists and Programs subject to change

CVCMF 2018 - Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in c - 1st movement

Performance Today Broadcast - February 19th, 2020

The festival was thrilled to have the 2017 Ravel Piece en forme de Habanera performance by Peter Sanders and Adrienne Kim featured during the second hour of Performance Today in February of 2020. Thank you to PT for including the festival again! The performance is available to be viewed on YouTube.

Festival closes with joy of string quartets

Photo by Robert Eddy

RANDOLPH - The string quartet is considered the most intimate form of chamber music and is most often performed by performed by established ensembles that play together nearly all the time. So when the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival closed its 28th season, Saturday at Chandler Music Hall, with a program of three string quartets, it presented a challenge - one the four excellent musicians met with confidence and a sense of joy.

The major work was Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1, the first of the composer's 16 unrivaled masterpieces in the form. Although still very classical, Beethoven's originality represents beginning of the break from the formality of Franz Joseph Haydn, his teacher and the father of the form.

Violinists Arturo Delmoni and Michael Roth, violist Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss and cellist Peter Sanders, the festival's founder and artistic director, are all expert instrumentalists, yet none them are members of a string quartet. Still, they are all members of the New York City Ballet Orchestra - and they are friends.

In the Beethoven, they delivered both the classical elegance and the drama of the work. Delmoni tempered his usual bravura playing to become an equal part of the ensemble as all four responded sensitively and effectively with each other. Although Delmoni and Bryla-Weiss are more extravagant in their playing, and Roth and Sanders more reserved, their ensemble was seamless. This was beautiful and potent Beethoven.

The unexpected success of the concert was Ralph Vaughan Williams' 1940-41 Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes. Transcribed from the original organ score for strings by Arnold Foster, the three varied rhythmically but all were wonderfully lush, and delivered beautifully by these players. It was a real pleasure to hear the warm English sound of Vaughan Williams "in miniature."

Roth, once the concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival orchestra, took over the first violin chair for the opening Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, "The Rider." Though more reserved than Delmoni, Roth proved no less sensitive in a performance where the all-important detail work was clear and precise, and the result a beautiful mix of elegance and drama - with just a touch of Haydn's trademark quirkiness.

Saturday's closing concert of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival proved one of its best. Let's hope for more of the same in 2022.

Jim Lowe, Times Argus, VT - August 22, 2021
Copyright © 2021, Times Argus

Pulp Fiction performed Jeffrey Zeigler, Peter Sanders, Hannah Holman, Chris Finckel (Arrangement: Bernard Amrani) on August 15, 2015 at Chandler Center for the Arts
as part of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival.

Unless otherwise listed, our concerts take place at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont. Click here for a map to Chandler Center for the Arts.

Like us on Facebook

The festival is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS.
Click here to download a donation form and help support the CVCMF.

Also, don't forget to join our mailing list and stay up to date on what is happening.

"...Saturday's Central Vermont Chamber Festival concert Chandler Center for the Arts 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