History of The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival
In the late summer of 1992, after taking part in the Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival (Colorado) Peter Sanders returned to Vermont and his family’s summer home in the Randolph area. At that time, Chandler Music Hall was not getting the performance use it deserved as one of Vermont’s premier concert venues. After some discussion with his mother (who had the festival idea,) he was guided to speak with Laura Morris, at Chandler. Following some back and forth negotiations and under the umbrella of the A. B. Chandler Cultural Foundation, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival was created and season number one was presented in 1993.
August 1993 was a highly successful and critically acclaimed first season. The CVCMF applied for its own not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in early 1994 which was granted. Originally very much a family run festival, the CVCMF has grown over the years. The Randolph area community has been very supportive and now assists with the production of an interesting variety of concerts including world-class chamber performances, an annual children’s concert, a variety of radio performances and two open rehearsals. Spring concerts have become a tradition in Randolph with presentations by string ensembles to consistently sold-out houses. Festival musicians also give a special annual concert at the local high school which is always enjoyed by students, faculty and performers alike.
In the summer of 2005 the CVCMF released its first highlight CD “Festival Harvest”, which includes recordings from the 2000 and 2004 seasons. Wonderful performances of the Mendelssohn String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18, Schönberg – Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4 and the Frank Bridge Phantasie Trio (Trio No.1) in c minor are included. The CD was given a rave review by Jim Lowe the Times Argus newspaper critic. This disc is a fine example of the World-class Music in the Heart of Vermont that the festival offers.
The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival has earned its reputation over the years as a major contributor to the summer music scene in Vermont and the Northeast. Be sure to encourage people to visit this website: www.centralvtchambermusicfest.org, and you are most welcome to like us on Facebook!
For more information on this year’s festival including performers and schedule, visit www.cvcmf.org