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Wharton Music Center Library Concert Series Features Classical Harpists

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Wharton Music Center’s Library Concert Series continues this Saturday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams and features classical harpists Diane Michaels and John Sheridan. The concert program will include works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, César Franck, Jules Massenet, Giacomo Puccini, and Richard Rogers. 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.

Ms. Michaels has served as a principal and substitute harpist with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea since 1993. She also has played on Broadway for the show “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and with the Queens Symphony, Metro Lyric Opera, the New York Verismo Opera Company, RTG Productions, the Garden State Philharmonic and the Monmouth Symphony. She performed with Tony Bennett at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City and was a member of the All American College Orchestra at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center.

She has toured with the New York Harp Ensemble in the United States and Italy and with the Paulson Harp Ensemble in New Jersey and Ireland.  Ms. Michaels was a Masterwork Music and Arts Foundation Young Artist Recitalist and a four-time gold medalist in the harp division of the United Irish Counties of New York, Inc. She served as the President of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society 2008-2012. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Ms. Michaels is on the faculty of Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights. Ms. Michaels has a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where she studied harp with Alice Chalifoux.

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Joining Ms. Michaels, is John Sheridan, Director of Music at Christ Church New Brunswick.

The Library Concert Series concludes on June 8 with 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. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams.

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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