Wharton Music Center presents its Library Concert Series on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams located at 214 Main Street in Chatham. Wharton Music Center faculty member Joel Perry performs classical masterpieces from J.S. Bach to Barrios and original compositions. The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored in part by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.
One of the premier guitarists of our time, Joel Perry has performed and recorded with a veritable Who’s Who list of the music world, traveling to over fifteen countries and appearing in venues from Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall to The Rainbow Room, The Blue Note, and Sounds of Brazil. Highlights of Mr. Perry’s musical journeys include collaboration with the late blues great Johnny Copeland during a U.S. Department of State tour of West Africa in 1982. Mr. Perry has appeared with Papa John Creach, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Lavern Baker, Joni Mitchel, Herb Ellis, Rosemary Clooney, Leslie Gore, James Cotton, Percy France, Leon Thomas, Jimmy Dawkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Foster, and Al Hibbler among others. Mr. Perry has released three recordings: Rainbow Skylight, Perry Airs, and Sonata to the Blues.
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.