An intimate evening with the Snake River Chamber |

An intimate evening with the Snake River Chamber

Kimberly Nicoletti

DILLON – One of Summit County’s hidden musical gems – the Snake River Chamber Festival – shines this Sunday.

The Snake River Chamber Players returns for its fifth year of chamber music, up close and personal. Sunday’s quartet concert features Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “OPUS 59 No. 3” and Claude Debussy’s “Quartet,” plus a couple of other surprises about which Artistic Director Charles Wetherbee is remaining mum until the concert.

However, during the show, he’ll have plenty to say about each piece the players perform, and both he and the musicians will be available after the concert to meet audience members and answer questions.

“OPUS 59 No. 3” comes from Beethoven’s middle period of compositions. A larger and more difficult quartet, the piece almost was considered unplayable because of the technical skills it demanded.

“It’s classical, and yet it’s romantic,” Wetherbee said. “Beethoven took the classical (sound) of Mozart, and he made it more heroic, more romantic. It has a very big, larger-than-life quality.”

Debussy was one of the French masters of Impressionistic music. His “Quartet” is a colorful, almost virtuosic work.

Since the concert takes place at the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon, the audience will have a chance to not only hear but also see the musicians up close.

Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 5:45 p.m. Presented as part of the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts Music from the Summit Chamber Music Festival, the concert is free, but donations are welcome.

The final Snake River Chamber Festival event will be a Quartet Pops concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Park Lane Pavilion in Keystone. For more information and reservations for either concert, call (970) 468-0525.

Event: Ruben Romero

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16

Where: Park Lane Pavilion, Keystone

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