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Plainfield Symphony: Renowned Pianist Robert Taub in 98th Season Opener

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Plainfield Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Charles Prince Credits: Plainfield Symphony Orchestra
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Music director Charles Prince and the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Taub to open the PSO’s 98th season with Brahms and Schumann:  Best Friends.

  • DateSaturday, October 7, 2017
  • Time7:00 PM
  • LocationCrescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ
  • Pre-concert talk with Robert Taub and Charles Prince: 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $65 for reserved seating, $45 for general admission, and $30 for seniors and students.

For more information, and to purchase tickets tickets, call 908-561-5140 or visit www.plainfieldsymphony.org.

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Music director Charles Prince and the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Taub to open the PSO’s 98th season on October 7, 2017. Taub will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15.  The program also features Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 61.

“We are excited to welcome Robert Taub back for a return performance with Plainfield Symphony Orchestra,” said Peter LoMonaco, president of the PSO Board of Directors. “His appearance offers an extraordinary opportunity for concertgoers to see one of the world’s leading pianists in an intimate performance setting.”

Concertgoers have the added benefit of a pre-concert presentation by Prince and Taub discussing the program selections.  The talk begins at 6:15 and concludes at 6:45. There is no additional charge for the presentation, which will be held in the concert venue.

Hailed as a “visionary virtuoso” by The New Yorker magazine, pianist Robert Taub has performed as guest soloist with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall (James Levine), the Boston Symphony Orchestra (James Levine), BBC Philharmonic (Sir Edward Downes), The Philadelphia Orchestra (Charles Dutoit), San Francisco Symphony (Herbert Blomstedt), and many others. He has performed solo concerts in the Great Performers Series and other major series worldwide and has been featured in international festivals, including the Saratoga Festival, the Lichfield Festival in England, San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Geneva International Summer Festival, among others.       

Taub, who was raised in nearby Metuchen, New Jersey, received his earliest music instruction from Plainfield’s French School of Music and made numerous community appearances at an early age. His last appearance with the Plainfield Symphony was in 1980.                

Following the concert, an after party offering a full buffet supper will be held at 1341 Prospect Avenue, one of Plainfield’s private historic residences. Admission to the after party is $50 and tickets can be purchased at www.plainfieldsymphony.org 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.

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