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Wharton Music Center Kicks Off Music in Unlikely Spaces Community Program


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Wharton Music Center kicks off its micro concert series Music In Unlikely Spaces on August 26-28 with performances at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool and Sherman BBQ at the Berkeley Heights train station as part of its 2014-2015 community engagement program.

In an initiative to engage the community with the performing arts and provide music along the foot print of residents’ daily lives, Wharton Music Center faculty and students offer short, live performances of soloists and small ensembles in unconventional locations. Impromptu and casual, these concerts aim to show appreciation for local support of the arts and further the concept that experiencing and enjoying live music doesn’t have to involve purchasing an expensive concert ticket or visiting a concert hall.

Wharton Music Center faculty will perform on the lawn of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at 59 Locust Avenue on August 26 and August 28 at 2:30 p.m. and at Sherman BBQ at the Berkeley Heights train station on August 27 at 7:30 a.m.

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Wharton Music Center, where creativity and expression converge with exploration, provides a diverse range of classes and programs as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center. Serving nearly 1,200 students with high quality instruction in all instruments and voice, musical theatre, drama, and dance, Wharton and its esteemed faculty of talented professionals offer instruction for beginners of all ages, as well as an in-depth, sequential course of study through its Achievement Program, and orchestral and ensemble training with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, its orchestral and ensemble affiliate. New Jersey Youth Symphony features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12, and its premiere ensemble has appeared in such internationally renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.

Innovative programming and over 500 classes taught weekly, from Early Childhood Music, music theory, and audio recording to Introduction to Instruments, ensures that there is something for all ages and interests.

Part of our mission as a community school for the performing arts is to engage, educate, and enrich our community with a broad spectrum of accessible programming. Dedicated to serving the community, WMC provides instruction at local public, private and charter schools in after-school settings and during the school day. From an assembly program to a full-year residency, our outstanding faculty collaborates with school principals and staff to offer customized curriculum to meet the needs for music, drama, and musical theatre instruction for each school or organization. One of the highlights of our community programs is the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that provides intensive music instruction to elementary school students attending the Community Charter School of Paterson.

Wharton Music Center builds personal connections in the community through an array of faculty and student performances, many of which are free and allow community members to become more involved with WMC. These often interactive Community Concerts include classical, jazz and family programs and are held at a variety of venues throughout the region. New Jersey Youth Symphony ensembles, both large and small, perform throughout the community.

Located in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, New Jersey, Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony serve students from thirteen counties.

If your business would like to participate in Music in Unlikely Spaces or for additional information about our community programs and class offerings visit our website or call 908-790-0700.

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