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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Symphony's 91st season kickoff tonight features Jamie Bernstein


Composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein's daughter Jamie
will open the PSO's 91st season.
The Plainfield Symphony kicks off its 91st season tonight with a lively overview of three of the 20th century's leading American composers.

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the famed Leonard Bernstein will talk about the works of her father, Aaron Copland, and Charles Ives, with musical illustrations provided by the PSO.

A delightful speaker (and something of a raconteur), Bernstein will provide a glimpse into how the very best composers borrow -- and even steal -- from one another both to show off their own talent and  to give homage to the person they are quoting...or upstaging, as the case may be.

Asked once when she realized her father was not just 'dad' but a major musical force, Bernstein said it was 'a trip to Bedrock' that did it.

As she related in an article on OPUS 3 --
There was a moment we realized it — it was when we were watching ‘The Flintstones,’ Bernstein said. “Betty and Wilma were going to the Hollyrock Bowl to hear ‘Leonard Bernstone.’” She laughed: “That’s when we realized that he had hit the big time."
You won't want to miss this truly different evening with the Plainfield Symphony, which Music Director Charles Prince has been referring to as 'a young people's concert for adults'.



PLAINFIELD SYMPHONY

Tonight, September 25 | 7:00 PM
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue
(Parking in lot on First Place or at Swain Galleries)

Tickets: $45 reserved seating, $25 general admission

Martinis & More, Symphony After-Party

Attendees are invited at 9:00 PM to the after-party at the home
of Craig Bowman and John Stewart, where Jamie Bernstein will be a special guest.
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
$50/person, payable at the door.
308 West 8th Street (parking at Higgins Home for Funerals, 8th & Madison).



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