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The Plainfield Symphony closes its 98th season with Mahler’s 9th Symphony

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Under the baton of Charles Prince, the Plainfield Symphony will present its concluding concert of the 2017/2018 Season with “Mahler’s 9th Symphony” on Saturday, April 28.

Mahler, born in 1860, composed his Symphony No. 9 between 1908 and 1909. It was the last symphony that he completed. The work is scored for large orchestra in four movements, unconventionally beginning and concluding with slow movements.

As Leonard Bernstein says in his “Four Ways to Say Farewell,” his “personal introduction” to Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony, “All Mahler symphonies look back nostalgically to the innocent past and having failed to find it, look forward (fearfully or hopefully) to some sense of resolution.” In the 9th, each movement is a farewell: the 1st is a farewell to tenderness, passion - human love; the 2nd and 3rd are farewells to life – first to country life, then to urban society; the finale is a farewell to life itself.”

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Mahler died in May 1911, without ever hearing his Ninth Symphony performed. The work's ending is often interpreted as his conscious farewell to the world, as it was composed following the death of his beloved daughter Maria Anna in 1907 and the diagnosis of his fatal heart disease. However, he went on to a very successful season (1909–10) as the conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and, before that, the Metropolitan Opera (New York). Moreover, Mahler worked on his unfinished 10th Symphony until his death.

As Plainfield Symphony audiences know, maestro Charles Prince is a keen interpreter and champion of the music of Gustav Mahler, similar to his mentor and teacher, Leonard Bernstein. The PSO guarantees a passionate and intensely personal performance experience for musicians and audience alike.

The Plainfield Symphony is New Jersey's oldest community symphony and the third oldest in the country.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on the website, www.plainfieldsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the concert.

A Conductor's Circle After Party will be held immediately after the concert to honor generous, long-time supporters Craig Bowman and John Stewart Jr.  Tickets can be purchased on the website.

Concerts are held at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church located at 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield and begin at 7 p.m.

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