The long-running series of concerts by highly acclaimed artists also includes performances on December 6th by Flute Force, a New York-based flute quartet, and on April 3rd, by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Eric Wyrick, cellist Mariko Wyrick and pianist Mitchell Vines, who is Afternoon Music’s artistic director.
Concerts are held at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary, which has excellent acoustics. After the program, performers meet the audience at a reception in Fellowship Hal.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Students are welcome for free. Subscriptions to all three concerts are $65 and $50 for seniors.
This will be the sixth Afternoon Music appearance for jazz pianist Bill Charlap, a resident of West Orange, who has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Charlap and Tony Bennett just released a new album, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern on RPM/Columbia Records.
Flute Force was founded in 1981 and has distinguished itself ever since by offering a range of virtuosic performances of flute compositions, including commissioning new works. Members are Rie Schmidt, Sheryl Henze, Elizabeth Brown and Wendy Stern, all of whom play all the flutes, from piccolos and standard flutes to alto and bass, sometimes in a single concert.
Besides his lead role with the New Jersey Symphony, violinist Eric Wyrick has just been selected as Artistic Coordinator for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble noted for its democratic leadership. He has played with Orpheus since 1988 and has been featured as soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Danish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Toulouse and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra.
Cellist Mariko Wyrick made her Carnegie Hall recital debut at age 16 and won the Marin Music Chest scholarship award four times while studying at Juilliard. She has been praised for her precision and innate musicality in performances on both the east and west coasts.
A niece of Eric Wyrick, she is part of the well-known Wyrick family of Juilliard-trained string players, which includes her father Peter Wyrick, associate principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, and her mother violinist Amy Hiraga, who also plays with the San Francisco orchestra.
Pianist Mitchell Vines’ active performing career has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. His professional associations include Berkshire Choral International, the New York Repertory Orchestra and Mannes School of Music. Vines is music director at The Unitarian Church in Summit and Temple Israel in New York City.
The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.
For advance tickets, send a check made out to Afternoon Music to the church at 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ, 07901.