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WHARTON SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS & VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NJ DELIVER HOLIDAY CHEER
Holiday Cabaret for the Arts
WHEN: Friday, December 18, at
6:00-8:00 p.m. WHERE:Zoom or Facebook Live TICKETS: free
Featuring pops and holiday favorites from Wharton’s musical
theater arts department alongside video footage from the Art Center’s current
exhibitions and educational offerings, this new collaboration between the arts
organizations hopes to bring a unique combination of beauty, seasonal cheer,
and a message of unity to a shared local community base, even as COVID-19
continues to impact the local and national arts scenes.
Said Melanie Cohn, VACNJ Executive Director, “The Art Center is excited for
this festive partnership with Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. Our
two organizations really demonstrate the transformational power of art and we
look forward to this opportunity to share the joy of the performing and visual
arts with our communities.”
“I am thrilled to support music education and the arts, now more than ever. I
look forward to performing arts programs continuing to inspire residents of all
ages in Berkeley Heights, and the Holiday Cabaret for the Arts is a festive nod
to community-engaged art,” stated Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney.
members are invited to watch from the comfort of home and experience the
delights of music and art in this joyful celebration. The event will conclude
with a festive holiday sing along and a shop local video featuring small
businesses from the township of Berkeley Heights. Rumor has it that Jolly Old
Saint Nick may even appear!
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 1,200 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 Out of the Box
Music and 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.