Central Vt. Chamber Music Fest Has Five Concerts in Final Week


Arts / Aug. 10, 2017 11:34am EDT

Violinist Basia Danilow will be one of the featured performers at the CVCMF concert on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. (Provided) Violinist Basia Danilow will be one of the featured performers at the CVCMF concert on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. (Provided) The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival’s second week of residency in Randolph will be a busy one, with five more concert events remaining of their silver anniversary. This final week will demonstrate the versatility of chamber music, incorporating elements of jazz with classical music.

Next Thursday, Aug. 17, in the main hall at Chandler Music Hall will be a first, “A Guide to Improvisation and Musicianship.” Jazz artists saxophonist Bob Franceschini, trumpeter Ray Vega, bassist Fima Ephron, and drummer Ben Perowsky invite everyone to an evening of improv beginning at 7 p.m. This event is open to musicians of all levels, “from 8-80,” jazz players or not. Participation with the artists is encouraged, so bring your own instruments. The evening is free of charge.

On Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., the “Friday in the Gallery” event will have a new twist. New York professional luthier Guy Rabut and local bow maker Eben Bodach-Turner will conduct a string instrument and bow symposium. Festival musicians will be on hand to play instruments and bows, hold a discussion about the choices that are made when creating the tools of the string players trade, and demonstrate what goes into sound from a string instrument. Admission is free, with a goodwill offering accepted.

Saturday, Aug. 19 will be a busy festival date. The “Special Concert for Kids” will also have a new twist. Sharon locals Scott Paulson and Barbara Smith will bring their Island Time Steel Drums to the main hall and give youngsters the chance to enjoy a hands-on experience learning the basics of steel drums. There will be two 45-minute instruction sessions with 13 participants each from third grade up, culminating in a concert. Those wanting to be part of the sessions are encouraged to sign up for a slot by sending an email to islandtimesteel@hotmail.com.

Of course, every musician needs an audience, so vicarious learning and enjoyment can be had from the seats in the hall. The annual ice cream social in the Upper Gallery will follow for participants and audience alike. The children’s concert is made possible in part from a grant from the Lamson-Howell Foundation. Tickets are available at the door.

That Saturday evening features the marriage of jazz and classical music in the main hall with “Chamber Jazz,” a concert of music by Debussy, Piazzola, Jerome Kern, Chet Baker and Stan Getz. The musicians from both of these worlds will be violinists Basia Danilow and Adela Peña, violist Kathryn Lockwood, cellist Peter Sanders, trumpeter Ray Vega, Bob Franceschini, bassist Fima Ephron, and drummer Ben Perowsky.

The grand finale of the festival will be the popular annual “Breakfast with Bach” on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. The buffet meal prepared by the Three Bean Café will be served in the Esther Mesh Room of the Upper Gallery at Chandler.

The musical feast will then move across the street to Bethany Church at 12:30 p.m., where festival artists will be joined by members of the Vermont Youth Orchestral, performing the Bach Orchestral Suite #2, conducted by Yutaka Kono. Tickets for the brunch will be available at the door, and a goodwill offering will be accepted at the door at Bethany.

Tickets for the Chandler Saturday evening concerts are available online at cvcmf.org, by calling the box office at 728-6464, weekdays between noon-5 p.m.; or at the door.

These concerts are presented through a partnership with Chandler Center for the Arts. Chandler Music Hall is fully accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired.

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