The death occurred this morning of Charles (Chas) Wetherbee, who was the concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic and the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. In addition to that, for a time he taught at the Colorado University College of Music, which is a prestigious music school. On the family’s GoFundMe page, his wife Kari wrote the following note and uploaded it: “I write this with tears in my eyes, yet immersed in all the love we’ve felt over the past few weeks and months…” Chas passed away suddenly yesterday evening, surrounded by numerous members of his family as well as close friends. At the time of his passing, he was engaged in the process of writing his last note.
I now understand that his life’s work was a symphony with the greatest, most sweeping, and most lyrical beauty, and that each note of that music was composed of the millions of interactions he had with everyone who came into his life, including all of you. His work was a symphony with the greatest, most sweeping, and most lyrical beauty. I now realize that. My newfound knowledge enlightens me to the fact that the culmination of his life’s labor was a symphony of the highest, most sweeping, and most poetic beauty. My newly acquired information has enlightened me to the reality that the fruition of his life’s labor was a symphony of the highest, most sweeping, and most poetically beautiful beauty possible. This fact has been made abundantly evident thanks to the insightful remarks made by folks in this area as well as in other locations.
We are nothing more than notes, connected pieces, and connected wholes that we play in each other’s melodies when it all comes down to it. Observing how Chas lived his life is the best way for all of us to learn how he should have lived, because we may all get something from doing so. There will be a number of memorial ceremonies held in his honor, some of which will only be open to members of his family, while others will be open to the general public. Some of the events will be private, while others will be public. However, you can rest assured that music will be a component of each of these events as we celebrate the life of this extraordinary man, who has been my longstanding love, as well as everything that he has given to the world. Music will be a component of each of these events as we celebrate the life of this extraordinary man who has been my longstanding love.
As a solo performer, as well as a member of the Carpe Diem Quartet and the Boulder Philharmonic, Chas’s involvement in the city of Boulder’s classical music scene has resulted in significant contributions to that scene. The music community in Boulder has been profoundly altered as a direct result of this body of work. When he is no longer with us, we won’t be able to appropriately express how much we will miss him with words because we won’t have them. Charles Wetherbee is a talented musician who plays a number of instruments, one of which being the violin. Among us, we refer to him as “Chas.” Karina Wetherbee, who is his wife, is completely over heels in love with him, and the two children that they have together make their parents quite pleased.
In addition to this, he is the doting parent of three beautiful children, all of whom he cherishes tremendously. He showers his children with love and attention. He has three children, all of them are very beautiful, and they make him very proud. He is also a neighbor, a friend, a lecturer, and the leader of a chamber music ensemble in addition to all of those jobs. Because of his fiery and charming manner, as well as the breadth and depth of his artistic expression on stage, we have been fascinated by him over the course of the years. His ferocious and beguiling manner has completely captivated our attention.