Wharton Music Center (WMC) presents its Fall Faculty Concert featuring faculty members of Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) on Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. at its performance hall located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The concert is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 908 790-0700 or at the door. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.
Faculty musicians will treat the audience to a range of musical styles including classical and jazz and performed on instruments such as flute, guitar, bass, vibraphone, harp, and piano. A brass trio featuring faculty member Kathleen Ditmer will perform J. S. Bach’s Chaconne in d minor. New Jersey Youth Jazz Orchestra Music Director, David Schumacher, will light up the stage with his alto saxophone improvisations. Other performers include Joel Perry on guitar, Nate White on bass, Adrienne Ostrander on vibraphone, Alex Cap on piano, Diane Michaels on harp, and Jee-Hoon Krska on piano. The concert is under the direction of NJYS conductor Diana Charos Reilly.
Says performer and flutist Ms. Reilly, “The WMC NJYS Faculty Concert is a wonderful opportunity for our faculty to share their gift of music with students, family, friends, and the entire community.”
Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theatre, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for children, teens, and adults. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, WMC offers classes in musical theatre, dance, drama, choral music, vocal music, music theory, audio recording, early childhood music, and music for children with special needs. Offering a range of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, and blues, WMC is one of New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community music centers serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, and other surrounding counties.
WMC offers orchestral and ensemble music education for grades 3 through 12 through New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has eleven orchestras and ensembles for which auditions are held annually. NJYS’s premiere orchestra, Youth Symphony, has performed in internationally renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.
The mission of Wharton Music Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to advance excellence and education in the performing arts. For more information, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or www.NJYS.org.