Central Vt. Chamber Music Festival Comes to Chandler Music Hall

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Arts / Aug. 6, 2009 12:00am EDT

Central Vt. Chamber Music Festival Comes to Chandler Music Hall

Central Vt. Chamber Music Festival Comes to Chandler Music Hall

Musicians from the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival will present a two-week series of concerts in Randolph. (Provided)  Normal  Martha  1Musicians from the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival will present a two-week series of concerts in Randolph. (Provided) Normal Martha 1

Members of the Central Vermont Chamber Musical Festival arrive in Randolph Monday, Aug. 10 for their 17th annual residency at Chandler Music Hall. This two-week festival brings new and veteran musicians to several stages in the area.

As Brookfield’s own Ed Koren quips, “Throw any caution aside—the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival is a summer gem that we’re musically blessed to have in our front pasture.”

Festival founder and artistic director, cellist Peter Sanders, has planned another concert series of familiar and unusual works.

The first concert will take place at Chandler Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m., with an encore performance at the Woodstock Unitarian Universalist Church Sunday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. On the program will be the Piano Quartet in A, Opus 30 by the French Romantic composer, Ernest Chausson, and the Piano Trio #1 in B flat, Op. 99, D898 of Franz Schubert. The artists performing in this first week of concerts are violinist Basia Danilow, Arturo Delmoni on violin and viola, cellist Peter Sanders, and pianist Susan Walter.

The second week of concerts is also programmed for piano and strings. The concert at Chandler Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. will offer the Suite, Op. 71 for Two Violins and Piano by Moritz Moszkowski; the Serenade, Op. 10 for Violin, Viola, and Cello by Ernst von Dohnányi; and the Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in c minor, Op.1. This same program will be performed earlier at the Montpelier Unitarian Church on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.

The performers for this second week of concerts are violinists Adela Peña and Arturo Delmoni, violist David Cerutti, cellist Peter Sanders, and pianist Jeewon Park.

Each of these musicians has a busy career in the New York metropolitan area, performing as soloists and with such organizations as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, L'Opéra Français de New York, among others. They come together as an ensemble only in Randolph in August, where they prepare as colleagues for the weekend performances.

Tickets for the Chandler Music Hall concerts are available by calling the box office weekdays at 728-6464 between 3-6 p.m. or by emailing tickets@chandler-arts.org. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.centralvtchambermusicfest.org. There is a package price for both concerts and complimentary tickets are available to students through a special grant. Inquire at the box office.

Tickets for the Woodstock concert, presented by Pentangle Council on the Arts, are available by calling Pentangle at 802-457-3981 or online at www.PentangleArts.org. Tickets are free for children under 18. Tickets for the Montpelier concert are available only at the door.

More Festival Events

As has been the tradition for 17 years, there will be a Sunday lunchtime concert of lighter fare, Sunday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph. Back by popular demand are Sunday favorites Paul Woodiel and Jeremiah McLane, with a spirited musical tour of tunes native to Sweden, Norway, and Finland. They will be joined at 2 p.m. by caller Rachel Nevitt for a session of social dancing—New England contras, squares, and even a Swedish hambo or two. Admission is free and concertgoers/dancers are welcome to bring picnic lunches. Food and drink are also available at the inn. For more information, call 728-5575.

A special mission of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival is to bring appreciation and understanding of good music to youngsters and each year they perform a special concert for them. The annual children’s concert will take place at Chandler Friday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m., whisking the young audience on an international musical escapade, “Where in the World Are the Festival Musicians?” Tickets for this performance are available only at the door.

For sneak previews of the festival, there are open rehearsals at Chandler Thursday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 19, both beginning at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to stop by. Radio features can be heard on WCVT’s “Vermont Notes” with host Linda Radtke August 9 at 11 a.m.; live with Walter Parker on VPR Classical August 14 at 11 a.m.; and on Peter Fox Smith’s “Interlude” on VPR Classical Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12:20 p.m.

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival is presented in partnership with Chandler Center for the Arts. Chandler Music Hall is handicapped accessible.

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