Wharton Music Center (WMC) presents Meet the Strings on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Summit Public Library located at 75 Maple Street in Summit. A trio of string musicians who are students at New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) will perform led by NJYS conductor Michelle Hatcher. The performance will be followed by an instrumental petting zoo where audience members can touch and experiment with the instruments. Meet the Strings is free and open to the public. Children and families are especially welcome. Meet the Strings is sponsored in part by the Summit Area Public Foundation.
Michelle Hatcher, conductor of NJYS Junior Strings and Preparatory String Ensemble will host the Meet the Strings event. A violist and string specialist, Ms. Hatcher received her bachelor’s and master’s of music from the Manhattan School of Music. Throughout her career she has been involved in teaching children and developing string programs to spread the love of music.
The trio of violist Johanna Nowick, violinist Frances Wong, and cellist Cecelia Sha will entertain with performances of familiar tunes. Following the concert will be an instrumental petting zoo where children from the audience are invited to handle and connect with the violin, viola, and cello. Meet the Strings is an educational interactive event that is a fun way to introduce the wonderful world of music to young children. The event is best suited for children three and up. For more information please call 908 790 0700 or visit www.whartonmusiccenter.org .
Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theater, 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 theater, dance, drama, choral music, 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 music centers serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, and other surrounding counties.
New Jersey Youth Symphony, the orchestral and ensemble organization of Wharton Music Center (WMC), offers music education for grades 3 through 12. NJYS is located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has ten 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.NJYS.org or www.WhartonMusicCenter.org.