SPRING FESTIVAL PROGRAM TO FEATURE EVELYN ESTAVA AND WORKS BY BRAHMS, SCHUMANN WILL BE HELD MAY 16, 2020
Plainfield, NJ – The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has announced that the “Spring Festival” concert scheduled for March 21, 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield.
“As a community symphony, we take our responsibility to our musicians and our patrons very seriously,” said Rebecca Perkins, president of the PSO Board of Directors. “We know the important role of music in society, especially at critical times such as the one we face now. Our primary obligation is to protect public health, and we are rescheduling the March 21 concert as a result.”
Perkins noted that some have inquired about the April 25 concert. “We will follow the same guidelines as we approach the April 25 concert date,” she said. An announcement on the status of the April 25 concert will be made as soon as it becomes prudent to do so.”
“Spring Festival” features PSO concertmaster Evelyn Estava as violin soloist. Under the direction of Charles Prince, Estava and the orchestra will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 38, Spring Symphony.
“We’re delighted to showcase our concertmaster Evelyn Estava at this concert,” said Prince, PSO’s music director. “Evelyn is recognized as a top performing artist in her native Venezuela, and she has made many appearances with orchestras in Europe and North and South America. This program was chosen with her in mind.”
Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 (his only violin concerto) is a three-movement virtuosic work for violin and orchestra known for its lyrical melodies and rich orchestration that are combined with a sense of grandeur and Hungarian folk rhythms.
Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring Symphony” was written in an astonishing burst of creative energy over four days in January 1841. This was the happiest time of his life- settled in a new and happy marriage, in good health and finally writing the symphonic music he had long aspired to.
“Both of these pieces will be especially welcome for our audience this year,” said Prince. “We look forward to this performance. “
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is New Jersey’s oldest community symphony and the third oldest continuously operating community symphony in the United States. Under the direction of Charles Prince, 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 Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 – rescheduled from March 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ
$65 reserved seating/$45 general admission / $30 seniors & students
For tickets & information: 908-561-5140 / www.plainfieldsymphony.org