PLAINFIELD, NJ - The 97th season of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra concluded this weekend. If you were lucky enough to attend, you were treated to acclaimed works by French composer Maurice Ravel.
Plainfield Symphony President Peter Lomonaco began the evening's festivities by highlighting the work of the Junior Board of Directors, and showcase hosts Peter and Libby Price were introduced.
Conductor Charles Prince also acknowledged Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.
The evening's performance began with Le Tombeau de Couperin, a work by Maurice Ravel comprised of four movements that emulate French Baroque dance forms.
This piece was followed by Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin was one of Ravel's favorite composers. In her second appearance with the Plainfield Symphony, the featured soloist was 17 year-old Helen Shen, the Gold Medal winner of the 2016 Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey.
If you were not in attendance, here's a snippet of the end moments of the second-act's Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, Ravel's longest and only full-length ballet.
The finale featured Ravel's Bolero, his most famous work.
An After-Party event honored Peter and Libby Price for their generous and continued support of Plainfield's symphony.
The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra's 98th season will open with Brahms & Schumann: Best Friends on Saturday, October 7, 2017.