Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Continues Salon Series Featuring Guitarist Andrew Nitkin

275cfc7f67f82018ef11_Nitkin__Andrew_MG_3773d.jpg
275cfc7f67f82018ef11_Nitkin__Andrew_MG_3773d.jpg

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County Sunday, July 22

July 21, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this weekend. The performance will be presented on Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present an hour long performance of “Shakespeare Gumbo,” a stirring collection of ...

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

'Tired of cronyism? Yeah, us too'

July 21, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Sat, July 21, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Alignment Based Yoga

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_c8cb6b45d2b342be3cbb_nancy_ori

Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer

Arts & Entertainment Travel

Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer at NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_1359aac94b352c3c1754_zumba

Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Zumba

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Mon, July 23, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

And Over Here is the Dining Hall 2

My very first job in admissions was while I was still an undergraduate myself as a tour guide.  Very early on they indoctrinated us with some tricks of the trade.  It’s a dining hall, not a cafeteria.  A residence hall, not a dorm.  If you have to divulge some negative bit of information, sandwich it between two positives.  There were instructions for glossing over ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...