Snake River pops |

Snake River pops

Kimberly Nicoletti

KEYSTONE – All year, the musicians of the Snake River Chamber Players look forward to breaking away from orchestral music and playing more intimate chamber concerts. So, when they perform at Keystone, they’re primed.

“What we enjoy about it is that we are here to be completely focused on this chamber music we’ve been waiting all year to perform,” said violinist Charles Weatherbee. “We bring the audience as close to the music as possible, and I think they feel not just like spectators but that they’re right there among the players.”

Professional musicians from as close as Summit Cove to as far as Washington, D.C., meet in Keystone every summer to form the Snake River Chamber Players. About 10-12 musicians make up the group, which plays about six traditional, classic music concerts and a few pop concerts each summer.

Tuesday, five of them gather to play a pops concert. They’ll play jazz standards, violin in the gypsy tradition, down-home fiddlin’, Celtic songs – and they may even slip in a couple of rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

“We’re going to have songs that virtually everyone will go home feeling that they liked,” Weatherbee said.

The concert features Summit Cove resident and harpist Janet Harriman, Denver residents Erik Tieze (guitar) and John Gurchi (drums), keyboardist Lisa Emenheiser, who lives in Washington, D.C., and Weatherbee, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. The quintet met through a series of connections -Weatherbee lived in Washington, D.C., for a few years and played with Emenheiser, and Tieze and Weatherbee are brothers-in-law.

“When you find good musicians who are also good friends, then you hold onto them,” Weatherbee said.

And, to the delight of classical music lovers, the friends reunite every summer in Keystone.

Tuesday’s pops concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Park Lane Pavilion in Keystone. The musicians request a donation of $5.

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