LONG HILL, NJ - Wharton Music Center presents its Library Concert Series on Sunday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Long Hill Public Library located at 917 Valley Road in Gillette. Diana Charos Reilly, flute, is joined by Nate White, bass, Chap Ostrander, drums, and David Davis, piano for Bolling Suite Sunday: A Combination of Classical and Jazz by the Great Claude Bolling. The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored in part by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.
Diana Charos Reilly, an alumna of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, is the founder and music director of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Flute Choir and Flute Forum. A graduate of the Juilliard pre-college division, Ms. Reilly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and continued her graduate studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Additionally, Ms. Reilly furthered her training at Ithaca College and Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Reilly has been featured on numerous recordings including Jack the Ripper, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, which premiered in 1999 at the Papermill Playhouse.
Ms. Reilly and her piano quartet will perform the music of Claude Bolling (b. 1930), renowned jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Born in Cannes, France, Bolling studied at the Nice Conservatory and in Paris, and is known for his prolific contribution to film music and his crossover classical collaborations with such artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo-Yo Ma. Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, a mix of Baroque symmetry and modern swing, is one of his most popular compositions, maintaining a position on the Billboard Top 40 for over a decade.
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, 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 performing arts center 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.