PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, the oldest community-based symphony orchestra in New Jersey, kicked off its centennial year on Saturday evening with its Annual Symphony Showcase.  The showcase is the organization's signature fundraising event.

TAPinto Plainfield caught up with Conductor and Music Director Charles Prince to talk about the upcoming season. 

According to Prince, "I think what will be highlighted this season is the history of Plainfield, and the history of the Plainfield Symphony, and how they've combined and collided and helped each other, and helped the community for a hundred years."

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Prince, who is heading into his eleventh season, added, "It's been an incredible experience building this orchestra.  I feel they've done the work, I'm just helping."  He said the musicians are in a different league than before, due in part to "the stretching of the repertoire," performing extremely difficult musical selections.

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Prince also shared tidbits about his life outside of Plainfield, noting he travels throughout Europe as a conductor, with a base in Vienna, Austria.  His musical roots started early, he said, watching Leonard Bernstein conduct his Young People's Concerts at the New York Philharmonic. He also worked two summers with Bernstein at Tanglewood.

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Season tickets, currently 30 percent off, and individual tickets may be purchased online here

  • Batik and Bartok on Saturday, October 12.  A pre-concert event at 6:30 p.m. will include a special talk with Charles Prince.  The talk is free to all attending the evening’s concert.
  • Strauss Meets Sousa on Saturday, November 23
  • Annual Free Family Concert on Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Spring Festival, Brahms and Schumann on March 21, 2020
  • Mahler: The Resurrection Symphony on April 25, 2020

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About The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra

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.   

Performances are held at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. in Plainfield. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

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