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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Piano six hands? Yes, indeedy! At Sunday's benefit concert at FUSP

A special treat will be a piece for piano, six hands.

The Plainfield Music Club (PMC) always brings interesting programs to the public and this year's scholarship benefit concert on Sunday (November 11) is no exception.

Since Sunday is the actual commemoration of the World War I truce which gave rise to Armistice Day (now Veterans Day), this program will offer rare and interesting music giving an insight into this period of American history.

It is also notable as Plainfield prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of City Hall in January of 2019.

On a sadder note, the concert underscores the fact that the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP) has held its last service in this wonderful building.

While the PMC usually offers its public concerts in Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church's large and very resonant space, the choice of FUSP is exceptionally wise for this program, with its smaller, warmer, more intimate room.

The program will include a number of pieces from the WWI era by Claude Debussy, Bela Bartok, Percy Grainger, Scott Joplin and Zez Confrey. They will also range from the classical period of Mozart to the beginnings of the Jazz Age with George Gershwin and others.

Among the featured performers are well-known Plainfield musicians Victoria Griswold (piano), Ron Thayer (piano), Wendy (bassoon) and Robert (clarinet) Romano, and Edwin Lopez and Fred Fischer (both piano).

One of the special treats will be performance of a piano work for not four but SIX hands!

If this means they'll all be sitting on one bench, you'll want not to miss it! (If so, they must be the skinniest musicians you ever saw.)

Tickets are $15/person, $10/senior and $5/student, and will be available at the door (cash or check only). The scholarship aid helps young area musicians pursue their musical training.

Your contribution may just help underwrite the career of a future rock star in the classical music world.

FUSP is at 724 Park Avenue, just off 7th Street. Parking available in the lot across the street.

Doors open at 3:30 PM and the concert begins at 4:00 PM sharp.

Hope to see you there!

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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