Wharton Music Center presents its Meet the Orchestra Series focusing on the brass family on Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams located at 214 Main Street in Chatham. Designed to introduce children to different sections of the orchestra, Meet the Orchestra is sponsored in part by the Summit Area Public Foundation. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert features the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) Advanced Brass Quintet under the direction of Charles Bumcrot, specialist in trumpet at Montclair State University and Concert Artist at Kean University. The members of the brass quintet are Bret Magliola, trumpet; Chris Pohl, trumpet; Eli Feingold, trombone; Jon Sales, French horn; and Mitch Hamburger, tuba. Audience members are invited to explore the instruments of the brass family during a fun, interactive family concert. There will also be a Question and Answer component to the performance where audience members will be able to ask questions of the performers.
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.