Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) continues its 2015-2016 Salon Series with an evening of compositions by the Spanish Romantic composer Fransisco Tarrega featuring guitarist Andrew Nitkin on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, available at the door or by calling 908-790-0700. Wine, cheese and cocktails will be served.

A virtuoso on his instrument, nineteenth-century composer Fransisco Tarrega is considered to have laid the foundations for the modern classical guitar and increased the popularity of the guitar as a recital instrument. His composition style is marked by the combination of prevailing trends in Romantic music with Spanish folk elements.

Andrew Nitkin is the original Founder/Director of the American Institute of Guitar (AIG) in New York City, established over three decades ago, as well as the American Studio of Music. At AIG, he developed a specific curriculum geared towards the teaching of all styles of guitar playing, as well as an international concert series that featured many of today’s great performers on the instrument.

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Nitkin has performed in a variety of venues and settings over the years, including with Juan Carlos Rybin of the Quartetto Amati, the Sacred Hymns and Carols Choir of New Jersey, and on the Community Concert Series at the New Providence Memorial Public Library both as a soloist and ensemble player. In February 2011, he performed on the 25th Anniversary Faculty Concert for the Wharton Music Center as a soloist. He has worked with the Guitar Styles Project trio with guitarists Craig Graham and Joel Perry and performs as part of the Wharton Guitar Duo with Joel Perry. In April 2014, Nitkin was a featured soloist on the Sunday Guitar Series at Wharton Music Center.

Classically trained, Nitkin’s performance style is a mix of classical, Spanish, and Brazilian guitar. He studied with Leonid Bolotine and Tiberio Nacimento, and since leaving the American Institute of Guitar in 2004, Nitkin has served on the staff of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts as a faculty member and Director of Student Services.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.