BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Wharton Music Center concludes its Sunday Guitar Series on June 1 at 3:00 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights with legendary jazz great Gene Bertoncini. Known as the “Segovia of jazz,” Bertoncini promises to spellbind and delight the audience. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, call Wharton Music Center at 908-790-0700.
For decades Bertoncini has established himself as a master guitarist by earning critical acclaim for his artistry on both the acoustic and electric guitars. A superb stylist, Bertoncini seamlessly shifts between jazz, classical, pop, and bossa nova styles with an elegance and ease rarely seen in the jazz guitar world.
Mike Joyce of the Jazz Times describes Bertoncini's guitar playing as "unique and versatile." Regarded as an expert in transforming a simple tune into a captivating, multidimensional work of art, Bertoncini’s adroit command of harmony and structure is apparent as a solo performer and in collaboration with others. He has appeared with the likes of Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman, Lena Horne, and Nancy Wilson and performed regularly on the Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson shows. One of the most prolific and popular studio musicians in New York City, Bertoncini is also a dedicated music educator. He has served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, New York University and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. Gene Bertoncini is on the faculty of William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.
Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theatre, 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 theatre, dance, drama, 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 performing arts center serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, and other surrounding counties.
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 eleven 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.
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.