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Vocalists “Tip the Hat” to Stephen Sondheim and Other Great Theater Composers At Wharton Music Center’s Library Concert

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Wharton Music Center’s Library Concert Series concludes Saturday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams with “Tipping the Hat: Stephen Sondheim and Other Great Theater Composers” featuring vocalists Ken Magos, David Cantor, and Karen Cantor. The Library of the Chathams is located at 214 Main Street in Chatham. The concert sponsored in part by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation is free and open to the public.

Ken Magos is an active musical and stage director and versatile performer who has been seen on stages throughout the U.S. and Italy in professional opera and concert productions. He has had principal roles in Boris Godunov, Samson et Dalilah, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Rodelinda, and Le Nozze Di Figaro. In addition, his concert appearances include the Tenor Solist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Mozart’s Requiem. His regional theater credits include leading roles in The Boys from Syracuse, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, A Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, Oliver!, The Mikado, and Footloose. On film, he appeared in Dangerous Affections and Plain Clothes.

More recently, he has served as Musical Director for Passaic Valley Summer Theater’s production of Miss Saigon, Stage Director for The Mikado, and Musical Director for The Sound of Music. He also was Stage Director for The Rocky Horror Show and Rent.

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Mr. Magos has a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and a master’s in opera and vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music where he was awarded the Richard F. Gold/Shoshanna Foundation Career Development Grant and the Richard Rodgers Scholarship.

David Cantor first appeared on Broadway in the role of Che in Evita in 1982 and then playing Che in the first national tour of the musical. His next role on Broadway was Bobinet in La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach. He also played Benny in a national tour of The Desert Song by Sigmund Romberg. Mr. Cantor appeared Off-Broadway in over 400 performances as Amshel Rothschild in the critically acclaimed 1990 revival of The Rothschilds at Circle in the Square Theater. His other stage credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing; Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer; Matt in The Fantasticks; Stanley Jerome in both Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound; and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Cantor has performed principal roles in all of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas in the U.S., Great Britain, and Italy. Cantor appeared in the films Prince of the City, So Fine, The Chosen, and Working Girl. In the early 1980s, he appeared in All My Children and Another World. Mr. Cantor attended Indiana University.

Karen Cantor has appeared Off-Broadway and in regional theater as Venus in Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, Louisa in The Fantasticks, and toured as Susan in The Desert Song. She played the title role in Naughty Marietta, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Mistress in Evita, and Maria in The Sound of Music. Ms. Cantor has performed in West Side Story at the Caramoor Festival. On television, she was in All My Children. In addition to her performance credits, Ms. Cantor developed and directed several original revues for various venues throughout New Jersey.

Wharton Music Center (WMC), located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 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, 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. WMC is a founding school of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.

New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), the orchestral and ensemble division of Wharton Music Center, offers music education for grades 3 through 12. NJYS is located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence, New Jersey. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has eleven orchestras and ensembles including Flute Forum, Percussion Ensemble, and New Jersey Youth Jazz Orchestra for which auditions are held annually. NJYS’s premiere orchestra, Youth Symphony, has performed in internationally-renowned concert halls such as Carnegie all in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.

Throughout the summer, WMC and NJYS offer full-day and half-day camps for children and teens ages 5 through 18. WMC’s multi-faceted “Who’s Got Talent?” Camp gives campers an opportunity to experience music, dance, and theater and includes swimming at Berkeley Heights Community Pool. FOCUS camps offer intensive workshops in music, dance, and theater. The NJYS Orchestral Camp, a two-week camp, features performance ensembles, music classes in music theory and ear training, and improvisation. “Tune-Up” Camp at NJYS offers students a chance to get in musical shape for the upcoming school year.

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.

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