PSO Annual Family Concert Light Classics for All Ages

Despite the continuing challenges of the global pandemic, the Plainfield Symphony is pleased to present to our loyal audience a virtual Family Concert with this year’s offering– Light Classics for All Ages. Please join us online for a pre-recorded program with members of the Plainfield Symphony string section led by Concertmaster Evelyn Estava. From Vienna, Maestro Charles Prince will introduce each selection. Featured on this hour-long program will be the following works:

  • Selected movements from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This short serenade is one of Mozart’s most popular works.  While most Viennese serenades of the time were played by ensembles of wind players, this work, scored only for strings, was rather exceptional. It was Mozart’s last serenade and is full of elegance, wit and charm.
  • The 2nd movement Valse (Waltz) from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op.48 is quintessential Tchaikovsky and features one of his best melodies, lilting and graceful.
  • Several well-known waltzes by Austrian composer Johann Strauss Jr. (“The Waltz King”): Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood) and The Blue Danube as well as his Pizzicato Polka.
  • The Radetzky March, Op.228 by Johann Strauss Sr. has been a staple of each New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic since 1946 with the traditional audience rhythmic clapping.

The Light Classics for All Ages family concert will be available for viewing on the Plainfield Symphony YouTube Channel beginning March 6, 2021, at 7pm.  Enjoy these light classical gems and learn a little about the evolution of the waltz. You can help the PSO continue to present enriching performances by making a donation at

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