Notes from the Train by Alice Hamlet | May 6, 2019
Mist might be in the forecast for Sunday but that won’t stop the music.
Or the race, for the matter—when close to a thousand participants are expected to flood the Berkeley Heights Memorial Field for the 18th Annual Mother’s Day 5K, an event recently bestowed on Wharton Arts after its many years under the auspices of the YMCA. Several things will differ this year from races of yore, and here are just a few of the new and exciting additions to this family-friendly community event:
NEW THIS YEAR
- The first 400 female finishers will receive a free Mother’s Day bracelet at the finish line. Check out these beauties!
- Musical performances throughout the event. Wharton Arts faculty member Dave Schumacher and his jazz combo will perform on our 5K stage from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 9:00-10:00 a.m.
- Children’s music tent. Come explore the world of music with Wharton Arts summer camp staff! Children are invited to participate in Music Explorers demos from 8:30-10:00 a.m. with camp director Aurora Mendez! BONUS! Pick up a special summer camp discount code.
- Text-to-donate. You can support the highest quality music education at Wharton’s three programs: the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Paterson Music Project, and Performing Arts School by texting MUSIC to 74121. Is anything simpler than texting? The money raised at the 5K goes entirely to support music education. Your donation can help change lives through the performing arts!
TRIED AND TRUE
- Tot trot. Bring the kids! Yes, we’re serious! Families are invited to participate in the free tot trot at 10:00 a.m.
- Prizes for the top three finishers. The top three male and female finishers in age categories 9 and under through 80+ will receive prizes! Female winners will receive special flower bouquets from Halls Garden Center. If that special mom in your life happens to also be a very fast runner, you might not need to splurge on flowers this year!
- Run the town. The course runs through Berkeley Heights neighborhoods on rolling hills and flats and is a chip-timed, USATF-sanctioned Grand Prix event (500 points) with digital clocks at each mile.
- Food and drinks. Bagels, oranges, bananas, and coffee will be served, as well as water for all participants.
When not commuting, Alice Hamlet is the Director of Marketing at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and is also on the faculty of the Performing Arts School, teaching cello and music theory.
Paterson Music Project Blog: Voices of the Silk City by Danielle Lefebvre | May 2019
Last weekend, 31 students from the Paterson Music Project boarded a bus bound for Princeton University where we met with the El Sistema New Jersey Alliance (ESNJA) as well as programs from New York and Philadelphia. There were nearly 300 students in attendance. As students took their seats in the orchestra, old friends from ESNJA Camp and NJPAC concerts sparked excited conversations. For some students, it was their first time at an ESNJA event and they quickly began to meet new people. Once everyone settled in, the students rehearsed four pieces for orchestra and choir. After rehearsal, our students were given the opportunity to meet world-renowned conductor, Gustavo Dudamel! Students from each program were given a chance to interview him. They asked questions on topics from his musical career to inspirations, techniques, and the challenges of being a conductor. Dudamel then enthusiastically listened to the orchestra perform a few songs and gave his praise on their abilities and hard work. Students then went to lunch and sectionals before heading across the beautiful Princeton University Campus to Richardson Auditorium for a public concert. The ESNJA orchestra of 300 students took every inch of stage space – including the first four rows of audience seating! We ended our day on a high note with an amazing collaborative concert, said our goodbyes, and parted ways until next time. The Alliance brings us together through music and challenges us to be our best, all while creating incredible memories with new friends. Now the countdown begins for ESNJA Summer Camp at Princeton-Blairstown Center!