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‘Music for the Season’ brings together five musicians in Silverthorne

Len Rhodes, piano.
Mike Neville / Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: “An Evening of Music for the Season,” a collaboration of Summit Music and Arts and the Dercum Center presented by the town of Silverthorne

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne

Cost: Tickets are $35 per person

More information: Visit www.summitmusicandarts.org, or call (970) 389-5788, or visit www.dercumcenter.com, or call (970) 485-4801.

The town of Silverthorne will present a celebration concert featuring pianist Len Rhodes and violinist Chas Wetherbee in a special evening of music to welcome the new year on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

This renewed collaboration brings together Colorado-based performers Rhodes, Summit Music and Arts artistic director and artist in residence; Wetherbee, the Dercum Center’s artistic director; Julianne Scott on clarinet; Paul Nagem on flute; and Janet Harriman on harp in an evening of chamber music.

The concert program includes “Liebesfreud — Liebesleid,” by Fritz Kreisler; Concerto in D minor, by Antonio Vivaldi; “Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits,” by Christop Willibald Gluck; “Ave Maria” for Harp, Flute and Clarinet; Concerto for Clarinet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Duettino sur des motifs Americains,” by Franz Doppler; Sonata in G minor, by Georg Frederic Handel; “Meditation” from “Thais,” by Jules Massenet; Sonata in A minor for Clarinet and Piano, by Franz Schubert; Adagio in G by Tomaso Albinoni; “Greensleeves”; “White Christmas,” arranged by Jascha Heifetz; and “Winter Wonderland/Auld Lang Syne,” arranged by Rhodes.


Rhodes’ career as music director, arranger, composer, pianist, organist and teacher has spanned more than 40 years. He received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music, with continuing studies in composition at the University of London. He is a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, U.K., and his recent work as original musical director and arranger for “A Night with Janis Joplin” (created at Portland Center Stage, May 2011) toured throughout the United States during 2013 and arrived on Broadway in October of that year.

Rhodes’ continually busy performance and concert schedule has included the Edinburgh International Festival; Cathedral of St. Sulpice, Paris; and London’s Banqueting House. He is artistic director and artist in residence for Summit Music and Arts.

As assistant professor of violin at the University of Colorado Boulder, Wetherbee has a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral concertmaster, teacher and recording artist. He has performed throughout the world and has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival in California, the Roycroft Chamber Festival in New York, the Nouvelle Academie International d’Été in Nice, France, the Olympic Music Festival in Washington state, the MidAmerica Music Festival in Ohio and Strings in the Mountains here in Colorado.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Wetherbee gave his first performances at age 6 and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. A devoted chamber musician, he is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. Wetherbee has taught throughout his career and held positions at American University, Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan and The Ohio State University. He is also the artistic director of The Dercum Center.

Nagem has held the position of principal flute in the Colorado Springs Symphony/Philharmonic since 1994. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he studied there with Lois Schaefer, of the Boston Symphony. In addition to his duties with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Nagem serves as instructor of flute at Colorado College. He is a member of the Colorado Ballet orchestra and the Colorado Chamber players and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the Singapore Symphony.

Scott has performed and studied in both the United States and Canada. She is currently the principal clarinetist of the Edmonton Symphony and previously held the position of principal clarinet with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Scott has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and spent summers participating in a variety of festivals, including the Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and touring with the National Canadian Youth Orchestra.

Harriman began her harp studies with her mother, Jean Harriman, and continued studies with Alice Chalifoux while she attended the College of Wooster, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Salzedo Harp Colony. Harriman has performed as soloist, chamber player, opera and orchestral performer in Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Colorado. She is an alumnus of the New World Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra. Since 1993, she has been the principal harpist with the Central City Opera Festival and performs regularly with Opera Colorado. She has been an instructor of harp at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2008 and teaches harp in Summit County.

This concert is part of the 2014-15 concert series for Summit Music and Arts, whose mission is to unite artists with our community in experiencing the unique power of music. The Dercum Center is known for bringing renowned artists, musicians and lecturers to Summit County to enrich, educate, strengthen and impact the community. The Steinway piano is generously provided by Schmitt Music Denver.

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