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Friday, January 25, 2019

Free family concert by the Plainfield Symphony Saturday

NJPAC teaching artist David Rimelis returns
with three pieces for young audiences.

As part of its mission to provide educational opportunities through youth and family-oriented concerts, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra will present its annual free family concert on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, NJ.  Under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince, the program will feature two noted soloists and two 2018 Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey Prize winners.

“As New Jersey’s oldest community symphony, we have brought music education to the Plainfield area for 99 seasons,” said Peter Lomonaco, PSO President. “Both children and adults will enjoy and learn from this season’s free family concert.”

In a return PSO performance, Dr. Paul Cohen, one of America’s most sought-after saxophonists for orchestral and chamber concerts and solo recitals, will be the featured soloist on Fantasia for saxophone, three horns, and strings, W. 490 by Villa-Lobos. This brief work in three movements was written in 1948 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian composer who has been called the best-known South American composer of all time.

David Rimelis, artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, also returns to PSO with three of his informative and entertaining pieces for young audiences: Symphony Street, Melody-Harmony-Rhythm, and Jazz is Just a Child of the Blues.

The program will begin with performances by two 2018 Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey Prize winners. Pianist Sarah Ouyang will perform the third movement, Rondo Allegro Scherzando, of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op.15. and 13- year-old pianist Jeffrey Xu will present the first movement of Shostakovich’s Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35. Ms. Ouyang has participated in and won numerous prestigious piano competitions and appeared in major venues throughout the metropolitan area as well as in Italy, and Mr. Xu has won numerous competitions, most recently the Gold Prize in both the Young Artist and Concerto divisions of the Young Pianists of Central New Jersey competition.

The concert starts at 3:00 PM sharp this Saturday. The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra performs at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, at East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue. Parking available in the church lot on First Place, on the street or in the Swain Galleries lot across from the church.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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