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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crescent Concerts closes season Sunday

Now that's small!

Plainfield's Crescent Concerts closes its 2014-15 season with a program Sunday May 17 titled "All Creatures Great And Small.

The concert's title references a 19th-century Anglican hymn composed to be sung by children, "All things bright and beautiful".

In Sunday's concert, the Crescent Singers will present a series of numbers focused on -- what else? -- creatures and creation.

The concert opens with Haydn's magnificent "The Heavens Are Telling" from The Creation, and also includes anthems by John Rutter and Felix Mendelsohn.

After a brief intermission, the concert concludes with several rollicking secular pieces, ranging from the 700-year-old "Sumer is icumen in", the oldest six-part composition known, to other songs, featuring nightingales, owls, bees and a turtle.

Crescent Concerts are presented at Plainfield's historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Sunday's concert is at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $20/adult, $15/senior and $5/student and are available at the door.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street. Parking in church lot, on street, or in Swain Galleries lot. For more information and next year's series, visit the website at:

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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