PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Symphony will present its annual Family Concert on Saturday, Jan. 28th at 3:00 pm under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince. The program, entitled “Around the World with the PSO,” will feature a musical tour around the world from the comfort of your pew!

From rustic Norway, we will 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 the third movement of this concerto was influenced by the Norwegian Halling dance (a Norwegian folk dance). Our 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. She is a passionate and competitive piano player and has been a top prizewinner at many regional and international competitions performing on the stage of many prestigious venues.

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 United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930's through the early 1940's. Janice Coppola is a classically trained, award-winning clarinetist who currently performs as a klezmer soloist and freelance musician not only in the Pittsburgh area, but in New York, 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.

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Under the baton of Charles Prince, a work composed especially for the PSO by our Conductor Emeritus, Sabin Pautza, will have its premiere performance. Entitled Oldies and Goodies, the work features his arrangement of famous Latin melodies.

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

The concert will take place at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield, and will begin at 3:00 pm.