PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Symphony, New Jersey's oldest community symphony and third oldest in the country, will hold two events in the upcoming weeks.

On Saturday, Jan. 28th, the annual Family Concert, "Around the World with the PSO," will take place under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince.

Hear the 3rd Movement from the lyric and powerful Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, composed by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). The theme of this concerto was influenced by the Norwegian Halling dance (a Norwegian folk dance). The soloist will be 13 year-old LiYuan Byrne, who started to play piano at age four, won her first Gold prize and had her debut performance on the stage of the Carnegie Hall at age five.

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From the American swing era of the 1940's, Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet and jazz orchestra will be performed by guest artist, Janice Coppola. Artie Shaw (1910-2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Widely regarded as one of jazz's finest clarinetists, Shaw led one of the most popular big bands in the late 1930's through the early 1940's.

Coppola is a classically trained, award-winning clarinetist who currently performs as a klezmer soloist and freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area, as well as in New York and New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginian and Ontario. She has performed with, and founded, three klezmer ensembles in the Pittsburgh area - The Hot Matzohs, Klezlectic and Eastern Watershed, a band that extends into a larger group playing Balkan and other Eastern European music.

A work composed especially for the PSO by Conductor Emeritus, Sabin Pautza, will have its premiere performance. Entitled "Oldies and Goodies," the work features his arrangement of famous Latin melodies.

This children's concert will begin at 3:00 pm at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church located at 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield.

Then, save the date for the After Dinner Dance event on Saturday, February 4th, to be held from 8:00 pm to midnight.  The event will take place in the Parish Hall at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, located at 724 Park Avenue.

Tickets are $50, and organizers request that you pay in advance.  A portion of the ticket price is considered a charitable donation.  To purchase a ticket:

Please call 908-561-5660 or email charles@weltner.com so symphony members can get a headcount in advance.