A Note from the Music Director

Our 57th Season

May 7, 2023

What a summer we are going to have! 

Our festival begins on July 12-13 with a work by Franz Joseph Haydn that is viewed by history as having ushered in the new 18th century romantic esthetic of “sturm und drang” in music.  It ends on August 16-17 with music of Johannes Brahms that is a monument of both classical musical structure and passionate romanticism.  The musical journey we take over the six weeks between is all over the map. 

You will hear two new works by our resident artists Kenji Bunch and Inessa Zaretsky.  In addition to masterworks of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Brahms we introduce you to some less-familiar composers.  Among those are Michael Fiday, Caroline Shaw, Grazyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, and Dame Ethel Smyth. Click here to view the complete 2023 summer series.

I personally am so grateful to all the of wonderful people who serve as our board of directors who work so hard all year long to ensure these concerts happen.  None of what we offer would exist without their enthusiasm, clear-headed business skills, and innovative solutions to the challenges of creating art. 

Last year Hal Parker passed the Executive Director baton to Mavis MacNeil.  I am so grateful to Hal for all the work he did during his tenure to put us on such firm footing as an organization.  He delayed retiring during COVID, jumping right in when the realities of presenting concerts in 2020 and 2021 required all of us to function as glorified carnies to make music happen.  In addition, post-retirement, he is staying a part of our future by serving on our board of directors.

It has been a huge pleasure working with Mavis to bring you this season.  She has leapt into the role with great skill and enthusiasm.  I hope that those of you who have not had a chance to meet her will have the opportunity to greet her at a concert and share your thoughts about the music and your history with CCP.

See you in July!

Fran Rowell

There are many heroes who help us bring chamber music to you.  Incredible gratitude to:

  • David Rowell for organizing the Barn Dance and always being ready to move a piano
  • Jessie Glass for her beautiful graphic design work
  • Mary Rowell for manning the Facebook page
  • Harry Miller for coordinating the use of Craftsbury Common
  • Helen Rabin for coordinating the use of the Plainfield Recreation Field
  • The Burlington Committee for their generous work behind the scenes and at the concerts
  • The Craftsbury Public Library and JW Simpson Memorial Library for their collaborative support