A special evening of holiday music combines the talents of the established Dercum Center for Arts and Humanities with Summit Music and Arts on Friday, Dec. 20. This unique holiday event will feature Charles “Chas” Wetherbee, violin; Len Rhodes, harpsichord and organ; Janet Harriman, harp; Nick Keelan, sackbuts; and Paul Nagem, flute.
“Both The Dercum Center and Summit Music and Arts have, at their cores, two stellar musical talents in Charles Wetherbee and Len Rhodes,” said Karina Wetherbee, general manager of The Dercum Center. “The two have been well aware of each other’s talents and passion for the arts in the Summit County community for years, so a collaboration was a logical progression.”
Under the leadership of the two men, the quintet will perform holiday compositions on classic Baroque instruments.
“One of the most beloved holiday musical celebrations has always been Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ a fine example of Baroque music,” Karina Wetherbee said. “Christmas is associated with tradition and history, and the beautiful and evocative music of the Baroque masters pairs perfectly with all those cherished customs taken from days past.”
The Dercum Center is known for bringing renowned artists, musicians and lecturers to Summit County to enrich, educate, strengthen and impact the community. Summit Music and Arts began as outreach of the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in 2009. The vision was to create a concert series that would enhance the already thriving and existing music and arts community in Summit County.
“Both nonprofits have very loyal supporters, some of whom overlap, and we hope this will be the first of many collaborations,” Karina Wetherbee said of the concert.