BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Wharton Music Center (WMC) continues its Community Concert Series with an afternoon of Romantic works for solo piano featuring pianist Luba Vasilyeva on April 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Wharton Music Center located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Tickets are $5 available by calling 908-790-0700.

Ms. Vasilyeva will perform works by Robert Schumann, including his Grand Sonata No. 2 and Forest Scenes, Op. 82, as well as Albeniz’s La Vega.

Pianist Luba Vasilyeva enrolled at the age of six in the Scriabin Music School in St. Petersburg, Russia and continued her studies at the Mussorgsky School where she received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory where she received her Master of Music degree. While in the Soviet Union she performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg Capella. In 1999, Ms. Vasilyeva and her family immigrated to the United States where joined the faculty and served as an accompanist at Montclair State University. Ms. Vasilyeva is an active concert pianist and chamber musician and has appeared in solo performance at the District of Columbia Arts Center, Millburn Library, Hinman Hall, Montclair Women’s Club, Watchung Arts Center, Montclair Congregational Church, The Unitarian Church in Summit, Steinway Hall, and Wharton Music Center’s Community Concert Series. She has taught piano at the Wharton Music Center for over 12 years.

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, and its premiere ensemble 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. In January 2015, Paterson Music Project partnered with Paterson Public Schools to open a site at Public School 1. This new site serves 75 first through fifth graders from P.S. 1 and P.S. 26. Students in the after-school Instrumental String Program learn violin, viola, and cello for six hours weekly. Younger students participate in Pre-Orchestra, a preparatory program which meets for two hours weekly. Pre-Orchestra students sing, participate in paper orchestra, and play the recorder and buckets.

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.