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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Plainfield Symphony closes 95th season Saturday

Evelyn Estava and Jameson Platte are featured Saturday.

The Plainfield Symphony closes its 95th season this Saturday (April 25) with a Brahms and Haydn program highlighting two of its principal artists.

Concertmaster Evelyn Estava and principal cellist Jameson Platte will be featured as soloists in Johannes Brahms' Double Concert for Violin and Violoncello, op. 102. The program includes Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G Major.

Estava, principal violinist of the Madison String Quartet (see their website here), is recognized as one of the top performing artists in her native Venezuela, and is active as a soloist and orchestral musician as well. You can read a profile of this adventurous musician on the website (here).

Jameson Platte concertizes as both a soloist and orchestral musician throughout the Northeast, and has a busy career teaching the cello (see his website here).

You can hear a sample of the pair's artistry in this YouTube video of a Handel Passacaglia (see here).

The Brahms is a masterwork blending the ranges and tonalities of both the violin and the cello. Composed in 1887 for violinist Joseph Joachim and celist Robert Hausmann, the demanding piece is an audience favorite.

Plainfield Symphony concerts, under the baton of music director Charles Prince, get under way at 7:00 PM sharp at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street.

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

Crescent Avenue church is an accessible building. Parking available in the church lot, at Swain Galleries and on the street.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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