PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Plainfield Symphony once again brings Broadway to Plainfield in the upcoming concert, “The Gershwin Songbook,” on Nov. 17.  The program features a Steinway Artist, Broadway stars, and the U.S. premiere of a work by Joseph Beer, an opera composer whose brilliant career start as a youth was abruptly halted by the Holocaust.

Maestro Charles Prince has led Viennese and German orchestras in Beer’s compositions to much acclaim. Under the baton of Maestro Prince, PSO will perform the US premiere of Beer’s orchestral suite entitled Triptych (Spiritual, Lullaby, Dance), composed in the early 1930’s. Beatrice Beer, daughter of the composer and an internationally noted soprano, is expected to attend the performance.

The pops portion of the program will feature selections from Gershwin’s works, including Rhapsody in Blue, performed by Richard Glazier, award-winning pianist, narrator, documentary filmmaker and one of the leading authorities on American Popular Song.  Glazier, a Steinway Artist, is known to national audiences through his three nationally broadcast television specials on PBS.  

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“PSO’s Broadway shows are sell-out performances,” said Peter Lomonaco, PSO President. “With award-winning stars of stage and film, our audiences are treated to a thrilling evening with soaring musical talents.” 

Tony nominee Ron Raines returns to Plainfield for this special evening, and he is joined by Rebecca Faulkenberry, a stage and film/tv actress who has starred on London’s West End stages as well as Broadway. Raines, best known for his role as Alan Spaulding on the television soap opera Guiding Light, starred opposite Bernadette Peters in the acclaimed 2012 production of Sondheim’s Follies. He has performed in numerous musicals on Broadway and around the country and has appeared in concert with symphony orchestras. Faulkenberry appeared most recently on Broadway in Groundhog Day, the Musical.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets are $65 reserved seating/$45 general admission / $30 seniors & students.  For more information, call 908-561-5140 or visit www.plainfieldsymphony.org.

The PSO season features concert after parties offering a full buffet supper in historic Plainfield private residences, a longstanding PSO tradition.  Following the Nov. 17 concert, an after party will be held at the home of Andrew and Tammy Shaw at 1341 Prospect Ave.  The historic home, a 1916 Normandy Tudor, will be featured on the PSO “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission to the after party is $50 and tickets can be purchased at www.plainfieldsymphony.orgevents or paid at the door with a reservation.

As New Jersey’s oldest community symphony and the third oldest continuously operating community symphony in the United States, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra represents the highest standard in musical excellence in programs designed to educate and uplift local audiences. Funding has been made possible 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 Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Additional funding has been received from a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.