(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ) -- Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) kicks off its Salon Series on Sunday, October 3 at 3:00pm at the Performing Arts School located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Resuming in-person programming for the 2021-22 season, cabaret-style seating on stage with the performers in the Wharton Black Box Theater serves as the setting for an intimate concert featuring flutist Natasha Loomis and pianist Ryan Bridge.
Loomis, Conductor of Flute Ensembles at the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and Bridge, piano faculty at Wharton’s Performing Arts School, are both versatile performers as well as passionate music educators. Works to be performed include William Grant Still’s Summerland and Mother and Child, Dora Pejačević’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, selections from Nikolai Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38, Ian Clarke’s Touching the Ether, and Henri Dutilleux’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano. Mask and proof of Full Vaccination Card required at the door.
The Sunday afternoon series continues on November 14 with Two Pianos, Eight Hands featuring Ryan Bridge, Po-Wei Ger, Diana Lin, and Eric Olsen and concludes on December 19 with Mr.T and the Next Wave jazz quartet.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts students. Tickets are available online or at the door. For full concert details, visit WhartonArts.org.
The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to offer accessible, high quality performing arts education that sparks personal growth and builds inclusive communities. Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’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.