Focused to the memory of Chas Wetherbee | CU Boulder Now

This month, the College of Colorado Boulder College of Tunes misplaced a cherished colleague and treasured mate. Associate Professor of Violin Charles “Chas” Wetherbee, 56, handed absent on Jan. 9 immediately after a brave struggle against most cancers.

“Our hearts are hefty,” claims Higher education of Songs Dean John Davis. “Chas was a beloved member of our college given that 2012. He will be sorely missed by all who understood him.”

Owning examined at the Curtis Institute of Songs, Wetherbee brought to the School of Music a prosperity of expertise and experience from his diverse job as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral concertmaster, trainer, coach and collaborator. He carried out through the world—including Europe, Asia, the Center East, Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States—and at quite a few intercontinental songs festivals. 

A devoted chamber musician, Wetherbee was first violinist of the hugely respected Carpe Diem String Quartet with whom he on a regular basis toured. He also served as concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic. Wetherbee was scheduled to complete Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra on Jan. 22. That concert will now be devoted to his memory. As well, the College or university of Music’s up coming School Tuesdays recital on Jan. 24 will aspect Professor of Piano David Korevaar in a application offered in Wetherbee’s memory.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Wetherbee gave his first performances at age 6. He designed his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra below Symon Bychkov and went on to execute with the National Symphony underneath Mstislav Rostropovitch—as well as the Kyoto Symphony and Japan Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and the Countrywide Repertory Orchestra, between other people. As a recording artist, he was represented on Naxos, Seize the Tunes Records, Weasel Data and Vienna Fashionable Classics, as effectively as the Cascade labels he was also highlighted on a recording with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra playing Jules Massenet’s soaring “Meditation” from Thaïs. Find out far more about Wetherbee’s extraordinary experienced achievements

The Washington Submit described Chas as “a consummate artist … with flawless system.” But, in accordance to Davis, that’s only aspect of his legacy. “He was also a consummate Mensch, greatly recognised and loved for his kindness, enthusiasm, unwavering optimism and over-all graciousness,” he says. “I know we’ll all miss out on his artistry, his humanity, his friendship and his prepared, glowing smile. And I know we all share in the grief of his spouse, Karina, and their a few kids.”

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