LONG HILL, NJ - Wharton Music Center presents its Library Concert Series on Sunday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Long Hill Public Library located at 917 Valley Road in Gillette. Kristen Wuest, flute, Diane Michaels, harp, and Jee-Hoon Krska, piano, present an afternoon of classical delights with this eclectic and beautiful combination of instruments. The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored in part by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.
Flutist Kristen Wuest and harpist Diane Michaels, both faculty members at Wharton Music Center (WMC), perform regularly with pianist Jee-Hoon Krska, most recently at the WMC faculty concert in October. Says Wuest, “One of the benefits of teaching at a community performing arts center like WMC is not only the opportunity to reach the next generation of musicians, but also the chance to perform chamber music and work with fabulous artists.”
The trio will perform the works of Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Burton, and Shocker as an ensemble and solo pieces. The trio will also perform “Believe, Dream, Inspire,” a recent composition by WMC student Elizabeth Krska, daughter of the trio’s pianist. The composition by Elizabeth, a student at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School in New Providence, won at the town, county, and state levels of the National PTA Reflections Competition, the oldest and largest program of student recognition of its kind. Elizabeth’s piece “Believe, Dream, Inspire” is currently competing at the national level in the Reflections Competition.
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.