When social worker Charlotte Gelfand retired from her full time job and decided to take music lessons at the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts 5 years ago, she may never have envisioned that she would not only play the cello, but would eventually share her talents with other players and audience members.
After only a year of individual instruction, Mrs. Gelfand was so pleased with the lessons that she suggested to Dr. Ted Schlosberg, NJWA Founder and Executive Director, that he start a group so that others can share in the joy that playing music brings. Although the organization had similar programs in the past, this was a renewed opportunity.
In 2012 he began the Wednesday Morning Strings for experienced adult musicians, who play the violin, viola, cello and string bass. The repertoire includes classical, Broadway, jazz, country, folk and contemporary music. Dr. Schlosberg felt that ““This ensemble will provide the participants a wonderful opportunity to get together, make new friends, revitalize musical interests and share performing talents, while continuing to develop performing techniques.”
As the ensemble begins for the fall session, Mrs. Gelfand comments that “The group is so exciting. Everybody is committed to it. It’s such a great experience to be with people of all ages who have such fun making music together.” She continued with her comments on Dr. Schlosberg’s inspiration. “Ted shares his love of music and performing with such great enthusiasm.”
The group rehearses at the East Broad Street studio, and has played for various venues such as the Westfield street fairs, area nursing homes and the Cerebral Palsy League.
Wednesday Morning Strings meets from 10:15 am to 11:45 am, from September to June, at the NJWA studios at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield. Musicians may bring their own instrument or may rent one from the studio.
To join this ensemble, visit the NJWA studios, phone Dr. Schlosberg at 908-789-9696, extension 17, log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.