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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bassist Gary Karr headlines Plainfield Symphony Saturday

Famed double bassist Gary Karr
will perform with the PSO Saturday.

The Plainfield Symphony continues its 98th season this Saturday (November 18) with an encore performance of a work commissioned for its 50th anniversary by the artist who performed it at that celebration.

Famed double bassist Gary Karr, who began his musical studies at Plainfield's French School of Music, will return to the Queen City for a performance of Manuel Serbrier's "Neuve: Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra", which he premiered in 1974. Karr, who has performed and conducted worldwide rarely makes public appearances any more, and this is just one of two performances on the East coast in 2017.

Serebrier is a Uruguyan-born composer and conductor of Russian and Polish Jewish extraction. His music is described as "energetic, colourful and melodic" and he has someetimes composed for startling combinations -- including accordion and chamber orchestra. "Neuve" was commissioned by the Plainfield Symphony to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Joining Karr in the performance will be Elmira Darvanova, violinist, whose credits include having been the first and only woman Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.

Plainfield Symphony concerts begin at 7:00 PM at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Regular seating is $30/person and tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance on the PSO website here.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church is at East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue. Parking in the church lot on First Place, on the street, or in the Swain Galleries lot.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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