Snake River Music Festival presents Max Dercum memorial concert Sunday
Ryan Summerlin August 3, 2012
“The Trout Quintet” by Schubert was one of the late Arapahoe Basin and Keystone founder Max Dercum’s favorites, and this Sunday the grandkids bring in musical genius from far and wide to serve it up in honor of the man and his legacy
The Snake River Music Festival presents Serving Trout, featuring the Schubert piece and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Dillon Community Church.
Max Dercum was an international ski racer, inducted into both the Colorado and National Ski Halls of Fame. He was a lodge proprietor, cowboy, miner, artist and family man, and his spirit of adventure and enthusiasm for pursuing bold, new endeavors is what inspired his granddaughter Karina Wetherbee and her husband Chas to found the Dercum Center last year. Managed in partnership with Lee Massaro of the Arvada Center and Dercum grandson Erick Tieze, the center now runs the longstanding Snake River Music Festival each summer.
“Max loved all classical music, in general, but he had a soft spot for Schubert, and this famous quintet, in particular,” Karina said. “He had an amazing ear for music and played clarinet, having taught himself – and me – to play.”
In addition to violinist Chas Wetherbee and violist Korine Fujiwara of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Sunday’s concert will feature special guests Clancy Newman, Cameron Bennett and Benjamin de Kock.
Newman is a cellist and composer. After Sunday’s concert, he will perform his Colorado premier, “From Method to Madness,” at the Snake River concert on Aug. 10. Newman is a winner of the prestigious Naumburg Cello Competition.
Pianist Cameron Bennett is Dean of the College of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University and a sought-after chamber musician.
Because the Schubert piece requires a bassist, Benjamin de Kock joins the group from Aspen. This will be the first time “The Trout Quintet” is played in the Snake River series.
The concert is free with donations encouraged to support future Dercum Center programming.