BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The ReVision Jazz Trio, led by Wharton Music Center (WMC) faculty member Eric Olsen, will perform as part of WMC’s Community Concert Series on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The concert features the music of Mr. Olsen’s new album, Sea Changes. Tickets are $5 and available at the door or by calling 908-790-0700. A reception will follow the concert in the WMC lobby.
Pianist Eric Olsen is joined by bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tim Horner in what is sure to delight both classical and jazz enthusiasts, performing selections which fuse classic melodies and improvisation in an art experience that transcends musical boundaries. Familiar and beautiful themes, from Chopin’s iconic Waltz in C-sharp minor to Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, are given new frameworks from which listeners can discover their own musical connections. Contemporary fans will enjoy My Man’s Gone Now by George Gershwin, Something by George Harrison, and Imagine by John Lennon.
Since moving to the New York Metropolitan area in the early 90s, Eric Olsen has recorded and collaborated with a vast roll call of classical musicians and opera singers including Betty Allen, Klara Barlow, Walter Cassel, and Martha Lipton, and jazz musicians Pharoan Aklaff, David Baker, Don Braden, John Isley, Steve Johns, Mike Karn, B.D. Lenz, and Bucky Pizzarelli. His discography includes classical recordings as a soloist, accompanist, and choral conductor, jazz recordings, and recordings for meditation. Mr. Olsen is featured on four albums with Kevin Maynor, including the Grammy-nominated Black Art Song in 2000. He is a faculty member of Montclair State University and Wharton Music Center.
Ratzo Harris is a 1995 Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist and past contributing columnist for Bass Player Magazine. Described as an innovative and fluid player, Harris has worked with some of the greatest musicians of our time, including Charles Lloyd, Joey Lovano, Jon Hendricks, Ted Curson, Tim Berne, Betty Carter, Helen Merrill, Les Paul, Joe Henderson, Jim Pepper and Betty Buckley. Harris hosted a weekly radio show, Jazz Focus, for WFYI-FM (NPR) in Indianapolis and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. He was a 1981 National Endowment for the Arts career enhancement grant recipient.
Drummer Tim Horner made his debut with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1978 and has performed and recorded with artists including Miroslav Vitous, John Scofield, Jack Wilkins, Buddy Defranco, The Jazz Composers Collective, Wynton Marsalis, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the MaryAnn McSweeney Quintet, Dick Oats, John Hart Trio, and Tomoko Ohno. Horner has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Balkans, including a 2004 tour of five Balkan nations, Turkey, and Cyprus, representing the U.S. State Department as a member of The Jazz Ambassadors, an ensemble dedicated to furthering cultural exchange through performance featuring the Roseanna Vitro Quartet.
Wharton Music Center, where creativity and expression converge with exploration, provides a diverse range of classes and programs as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center. Serving nearly 1,200 students with high quality instruction in all instruments and voice, musical theatre, drama, and dance, Wharton and its esteemed faculty of talented professionals offer instruction for beginners of all ages, as well as an in-depth, sequential course of study through its Achievement Program, and orchestral and ensemble training with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, its orchestral and ensemble affiliate. New Jersey Youth Symphony features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12. Its premiere ensemble, Youth Symphony, was awarded first place in the prestigious 2014 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and has appeared in such internationally renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.
Innovative programming and over 500 classes taught weekly, from Early Childhood Music, music theory, and audio recording to Introduction to Instruments, ensures that there is something for all ages and interests.
Part of our mission as a community school for the performing arts is to engage, educate, and enrich our community with a broad spectrum of accessible programming. Dedicated to serving the community, WMC provides instruction at local public, private and charter schools in after-school settings and during the school day. From an assembly program to a full-year residency, our outstanding faculty collaborates with school principals and staff to offer customized curriculum to meet the needs for music, drama, and musical theatre instruction for each school or organization. One of the highlights of our community programs is the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that provides intensive music instruction to elementary school students attending the Community Charter School of Paterson.
Wharton Music Center builds personal connections in the community through an array of faculty and student performances, many of which are free and allow community members to become more involved with WMC. These often interactive Community Concerts include classical, jazz and family programs and are held at a variety of venues throughout the region. New Jersey Youth Symphony ensembles, both large and small, perform throughout the community.
Located in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, New Jersey, Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony serve students from thirteen counties.
For additional information about our community programs and class offerings visit our website www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or call 908-790-0700.
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