Central Vt. Chamber Music Festival Brings Two Concerts to Randolph

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Arts / Mar. 16, 2017 9:03am EDT


Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival Director (and cellist) Peter Sanders has prepared an unusual program for the two concerts planned in Randolph. (Herald / Bob Eddy) Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival Director (and cellist) Peter Sanders has prepared an unusual program for the two concerts planned in Randolph. (Herald / Bob Eddy) Three members of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival will make their early spring pilgrimage again to Randolph for a two-day series of concerts.

The first concert will be Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. The performance is free and open to the public, with goodwill offerings warmly accepted.

As always, Festival Artistic Director Peter Sanders has prepared an unusual program, “Theme and Variations” for a string trio. The trio includes violinist Michael Roth, violist Joana Miranda, and cellist Sanders.

They will explore the art of theme and variations through selections from Bach’s Goldberg Variations; the slow movement of Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat, K. 563; the second movement of Austrian composer Robert Fuchs’s Trio, Op. 94, based on a Scottish folk song, “O cruel was my father;” and the entire Serenade in C, Op.10 by Hungarian composer, Ernst von Dohnanyi.

A special addition to this concert is a work by former Braintree composer, Gwyneth Walker, a set of three spirituals, “When the Spirit Sings for String Trio.”

Walker will be in attendance at the concert and will speak briefly about her composition. An added unusual twist for this afternoon concert is that the audience will be seated intimately on the stage with the musicians.

RUHS Performance

Outreach to youth is a very important aspect of the festival. On Monday morning, March 27, the trio will pay a visit to the students of Randolph Union High School and perform much this same program at 8:15 a.m. They will then pack up and take the show on the road, for a concert later that morning at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester, where they will perform for students from Chittenden and Franklin Counties, in collaboration with the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

The programs will be accompanied by a slide show with photographs by Vermont bow maker, Eben Bodach-Turner. These photos will be of Vermont scenes from the different seasons, also showcasing a different type of “Theme and Variations.”

For more information about the March concerts and about the upcoming 25th anniversary season of the festival in August, visit their website at www.cvcmf.org.

Vermont Public Radio is the Media Sponsor for this week’s concerts of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. Chandler Music Hall is fully accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired.

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