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Friday, November 21, 2014

Plainfield Symphony features Strauss Saturday

Salome's dance, as interpreted by Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley.
The Plainfield Symphony continues its 95th season with a program featuring Richard Strauss tone poems this Saturday evening.

Of particular interest will be Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils, drawn from Strauss' opera Salome, whose eroticism scandalized audiences when it premiered in 1905. That opera was based on a French translation of Oscar Wilde's play of the same name.

Strauss' opera in one act not only featured the erotic dance section, but concluded with Salome kissing the severed head of John the Baptist and declaring her love for him.

The program also includes Beethoven's Piano Concerto 3, performed by this year's YPCNJ winner Allen Yueh.

All is under the baton of PSO conductor Charles Prince.

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra performs at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue. (Parking in the church lot, on the street, or in Swain Galleries lot.)

Tickets: $50/Reserved, $30/General admission, $20/Seniors/Students; under 12 free. Info: (908) 561-5140 or visit the PSO website:

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