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Monday, February 16, 2015

Plainfield Symphony romps through history at free concert Saturday

Michael Avagliano will guest conduct this Saturday's FREE concert.

Under the baton of guest conductor Michael Avagliano, the Plainfield Symphony continues its 95th season with a romp through musical history at the annual free children and family concert Saturday afternoon.

The event is always spritely and provides an opportunity for youngsters to experience the sounds of a large orchestral ensemble and learn about the many instruments that combine to make these lush sounds.

Mr. Avagliano, the musical director of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, has assembled a series of six pieces illustrating four periods in symphonic history -- Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern.

Selections will range from the Spring movement from Vivaldi's Four Seasons to the Hoe-Down from Aaron Copland's 1942 ballet Rodeo.

Pianist Doris Lee, a 2014 Princeton graduate, will perform Chopin's Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat major as a representative Romantic period piece.

This is a great way to spend a family afternoon. The FREE concert is Saturday, February 21, at 3:00 PM at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Watchung Avenue and East 7th Street.

Parking is available in the church lot on First Place, at Swain Galleries and on the street. The church is handicap-accessible. For more info, call (908) 561-5140 or visit the PSO website:

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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