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The Helene DeBella Family Trust

2024 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Join the First Congregational Church of Verona in welcoming our 2024 Musicians to its first summer concert series. Admission is FREE to the public. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the concert. For further questions and to get the most up to date information please folllow @fccverona on Instagram.

Amanda Harberg
& Eric Schultz

AMANDA HARBERG is a composer/pianist whose work has been presented by the world’s leading orchestras and soloists in major venues all over the world.  Dr. Harberg lives with her family in Glen Ridge, NJ. She teaches at Rutgers Universityand at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and is the Composer-in-Residence with theRidgewood Symphony Orchestra. https://amandaharberg.com/

 

Eric Schultz is an American clarinetist equally in demand as a soloist, chambermusician, and interpreter of new music. Hailed a “mastermind” in the Myrtle BeachHerald, Schultz was recently selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2025 GRAMMY®Music Educator of the Year Award. As a performer, he maintains an active concertoschedule performing with orchestras around the country  His debut solo album, Polyglot, is to bereleased this year by Parma Recordings and features several virtuosic new worksdedicated to him. Schultz completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinetperformance at Stony Brook University. As a Buffet Crampon performing artist, heperforms exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets. @ericschultzclarinet

John Ehlis

Combining jazz sensibilities with several World Music traditions, Ehlis gathers a group of talented and like-minded musicians who share a spirit of adventure and playfulness.  Each musician adds a distinctive voice, breadth of talent and experience to create a one-of-a kind performances each and every time.

Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own unique style.  As a multi-instrumentalist, he learned the mandolin busking on the streets of Denmark, Germany and Italy and has studied various woodwind instruments and percussion, including the Balinese Gamelan.  While in Zimbabwe he met local musicians and performed with Motsi Uruka at the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo.  He also performs and studies the music of the Basques.

Guitarist, mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis is a composer and band leader living in the New York area.

Find more at www.johnehlis.com

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Chuck Wood

Chuck Wood is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Northwest New Jersey with more than 45 years of experience in music. He has recorded and toured the U.S. with his friend Arjun Alan Bruggeman (Krishna Das) in their world percussion band known as Ghandharva.  He has also appeared live or recorded with Neal Casal, Michael Franti, David Darling, John Ginty, Robert Randolph, Tribe After Tribe (featuring the South African musician Robbie Robb, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and Doug Pinnick of King’s X) Three Fish, Anthony Krizon (Spin Doctors), From Good Homes, Roamin’ Gabriels, and Ganga Giri. 
The instruments he plays are West African in nature, including the  djembe,  doun doun and shekeree; some are rooted in the South American culture such as the  congas and berimbau. Chuck has studied these various instruments with Baba Olatunji, M’Beba Bangoura, Titos Sompa, Mohammed Camera, Yaya Nelson, Ladji Camera, Mar Gueye and Glen Webber. Recently he has begun recording and performing on the electric guitar playing the instrument in his own unique style.
Find more at www.chuckwoodmusic.com

JOIN US AT 19 CHURCH STREET

Amanda Harberg and Eric Schultz

Sunday June 9th 4:00-5:30
Doors Open at 3:30

POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS

This is a free event to the public. There will be light refreshments following the concert. Please bring your friends and family for an afternoon of fun and inspiring music for all. For the most up to date information or questions follow @fccverona on Instagram.

John Ehlis

Thursday July 18th 7:00-8:30

Doors Open at 6:30

This is a free event to the public. There will be light refreshments following the concert. Please bring your friends and family for an evening of fun and inspiring music for all. For the most up to date information or questions follow @fccverona on Instagram.

Chuck Wood

Thursday July 25th 7:00-8:30
Doors Open at 6:30

This is a free event to the public. There will be light refreshments following the concert. Please bring your friends and family for an evening of fun and inspiring music for all. For the most up to date information or questions follow @fccverona on Instagram.

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