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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Plainfield Symphony opens 94th season tonight

Eric Korngold left Hollywood to resume his true passion:
composing in a late-Romantic style.

The Plainfield Symphony opens its 94th season this evening with a lush program billed as 'Autumnal Splendor'.

Under conductor Charles Prince, the orchestra takes up two Romantic classics: Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto and Brahms' Second Symphony.

Brahms wrote his Second Symphony in the summer of 1877, while vacationing in Carinthia. It has often been compare to Beethoven's 6th Symphony (the Pastoral) for its lighter tone.

Violinist Evelyn Estava is the soloist in the Korngold Violin Concerto. Korngold, born in the Austro-Hungarian empire was a child prodigy who had been lured to America to compose film music. In 1938, he was once again brought to the United States by Warner Brothers to compose the score for The Adventures of Robin Hood.

While in Hollywood, Hitler annexed Austria in the Anschluss, and Korngold famously remarked that it was Robin Hood that saved his life. By war's end, however, Korngold had become disillusioned with Tinseltown and withdrew from film composing.

It was in this later period of his life that he returned to classical music, with the Violin Concerto being one of his finest productions.

Plainfield Symphony concerts are at 7:00 PM at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street. (Parking in church lot, on street, or in Swain Galleries lot)

Tickets are available at the door: $50/Reserved, $30/General admission, $20/Seniors/Students; under 12 free. For more information, call (908) 561-5140 or visit the PSO website:

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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