Breakfast with Bach, a Kid's Concert, Open Rehearsals and More

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Sara Tucker

    The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival starts one week from today, and I couldn't be sadder about it. The weeklong festival, now in its 26th season, takes place at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. It will open with a concert on August 18 that includes a Mozart piano quartet, a string trio by Iowa composer Robert Washut, and a piano quintet by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano. There will be open (free!) rehearsals on August 16 and 23; the popular Breakfast with Bach on August 19 (catered by the wonderful Black Krim Tavern); a free masterclass and piano recital by Vermont artist Annemieke McLane; a kid's concert, and an evening of Beethoven, Klein, and Dvořák. For the full schedule, visit the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival website at

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    Chandler, as I'm sure you don't know, is where I walked across the stage in a fairy costume that my mother made for the 1960-something Halloween Parade. A few years later, I played Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on that same stage. My grandfather, Harry Cooley, moderated several town meetings there, and my father, an obstetrician, once stood on that stage, for what event I no longer recall, and made a speech about the dire necessity for birth control on account of the population explosion (he had been reading a book called The Population Bomb, which came out in 1968).

    But I digress. Chandler is one of Randolph's proudest assets, and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival is one of its stellar events. The final concert at Chandler is on Saturday, August 25. There will be an encore performance on Sunday, August 26, in Woodstock.

    And I am going to miss it all. Because I will be in Burgundy. This is what I get for marrying a Frenchman. 

    The illustration below is by Brookfield artist Ed Koren, himself a community asset and a big supporter of Chandler. I swiped it from the CVCMF press release. That's legal, right?


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