Wharton Music Center kicks off its Library Concert Series featuring the Jerry Vezza Trio on Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Long Hill Public Library located at 917 Valley Road in Gillette. Jazz pianist Jerry Vezza is joined by Tom DiCarlo on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums.
The trio will play jazz standards and original music. The concert is free and open to the public.
Long Hill Public Library and the Library of the Chathams will each host three concerts. Upcoming concerts at Long Hill Public Library include:
March 10 at 2:00 p.m. Dyad Meets Puccini featuring Eric Olsen, piano and Lou Caimano, alto saxophone presenting a jazz twist on a classic
March 24 Classical Duo featuring Mikhail Kuchuk, violin and Luba Vasilyeva, piano
Concerts to be held at the Library of the Chathams include:
April 27 at 2:30 p.m. The American Songbook and Other Swingin’ Sounds featuring Joel Perry, guitar, Frank Noviello, vocalist, and Rick Crane, bass
May 11 at 2:30 p.m. Classical Harp featuring Diane Michaels, harp
June 8 at 2:30 p.m. An Afternoon of Broadway’s Best with Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim featuring vocal quartet Jamie Baer Peterson, Ken Magos, Karen Cantor, and David Cantor, vocalists
All concerts are free and open to the public. The Library Concert Series is sponsored in part by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.
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 Berkeley Heights, Summit, Chatham, New Providence, Long Hill, Warren, Basking Ridge, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston, Westfield, Scotch Plains, and other surrounding communities.
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 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.