PLAINFIELD — A full house of children and adults joined Plainfield Symphony Orchestra for its annual free family concert on Saturday, bringing 500 pounds of food to contribute to the local Star Fish Food Pantry. 

Music lovers of all ages were entranced by PSO’s performance of Peter and the Wolf and the last movement of Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, with Music Director Charles Prince adding background for the audience on both pieces.  Tim O’Connor and Timothy Priano, narrators for Peter and the Wolf, delighted the crowd with their spirited performances.  After the program, children joined the musicians to learn about their instruments

“What a fabulous way to start 2020,” said Rebecca Perkins, PSO President.  “We were concerned that the rain would limit attendance, but nearly 300 people came.  And they came with food for Star Fish Food Pantry, making this a true community event.” 

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“PSO’s annual free family concert is part of our mission to provide educational opportunities through youth and family-oriented concerts,” said Perkins. “Our generous donors and our grant funds make this possible.”

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. Additional funding has been received from a 2019 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 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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