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Friday, April 29, 2011

Carmen highlights close Symphony season; Vose and Palermo honored

Music Director Charles Prince will close the Plainfield Symphony's 91st season Saturday evening with a salute to 'L'Opéra Français', featuring highlights from Bizet's Carmen and Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah.

Though 'love' might be the common thematic thread in the two operas, the composers' conceptions, subject matter and techniques render quite different experiences.

Whether it is the deceiving Delilah or the torrid Carmen, the crowd is sure to be pleased with the performances of soloists Deborah Berruete Fuhrman and Adam Herskowitz in these ever-popular classics.

In his first season, music director Charles Prince has wowed the PSO audiences with his exciting programming, his entrancing pre-concert chats, and his approachability and bonhomie. While orchestras across the country are in great difficulties, it has been a real pleasure to see the Plainfield Symphony moving ahead in these times.

The Conductor's Circle reception that follows will honor longtime Plainfield Symphony patrons and community supporters Donna Vose and Gregory Palermo, MD.

Donna Vose is celebrated by many for her contributions to the community through activities that range from having been a Republican Councilwoman for the Second Ward, to serving on the Muhlenberg and Plainfield Health Center boards, to taking part in a charter revision panel that was mandated to study Plainfield's form of government and recommend whether it should be changed (it wasn't, but perhaps that should be revisited at some point).

Her husband, Dr. Gregory Palermo (known affectionately to all as 'Greg'), has also been active in the community, serving for many years on the Historic Preservation Commission and then as a founding member and chairperson of the Plainfield Shade Tree Commission.

The reception will be at the Prospect Avenue home of Randy and Laura Stevens, where attendees will be offered a buffet and drinks as well as desserts.

Tickets for the concert may be reserved online or purchased at the door.  Reception attendees may pay at the door.


7:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue
(Parking in church lot, on street, or in Swain Galleries lot)

Tickets: $45/Reserved, $25/General admission, $15/Seniors/Students, under 12 free
Info: (908) 561-5140 or visit the PSO website

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