BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) continues its 2017-2018 Salon Series with violinist James Keene accompanied by pianist Dr. HsinYi Tsai on Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Keene and Tsai will perform Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat Major, K.15; de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole; and Brahms’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 100. Wine and cheese will be served. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 908-790-0700.

Violinist James Keene is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and music pedagogue. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University and continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory. Keene has performed for audiences throughout China, Italy, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the United States. Currently, as founder of Classical Revolution NJ, Keene schedules chamber music performances throughout New Jersey and travels frequently between the east and west coast for performances in the Bay Area. As a faculty member of Newark School of the Arts, he instructs their Carollo Scholarship violin students. Most recently, Keene was awarded first place in the Russel Johnson String Competition in Philadelphia and performed at Carnegie Hall with Dionne Warwick. Keene teaches violin and viola at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts.

Dr. HsinYi Tsai, born in Taipei, Taiwan, began playing piano at the age of three. She made her international debut at the age of eleven performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 in San Francisco. Dr. Tsai received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Taipei National University of the Arts under the direction of Michael Dellinger and Alexander Sung. In 2008, Dr. Tsai completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University under the direction of Susan Starr. She has performed internationally in solo recitals, as a chamber musician, and as an orchestral soloist. She has appeared in concert halls in Beijing, Vienna, Salzburg, Taipei, Budapest, San Francisco, New York, among other cities throughout Europe and Asia.

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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 education 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.