“Farewells Fund” and shows support for Ukraine


originally published: 03/17/2022

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) — On Saturday, March 19, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra will present their next in-person and live concert entitled “Fond Farewells” conducted by Maestro Charles Prince. The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will feature symphonies by two musical giants, Haydn and Schubert, as well as a long-awaited tribute to three fellow musicians they have lost over the past two years. The concert takes place at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (716 Watchung Avenue) in Plainfield, New Jersey.

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and will perform the Ukrainian anthem at this concert. Donations to support Ukrainians are suggested and a list of organizations will be provided.

Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 in F# minor, known as the “Farewell Symphony”, was composed in 1772. Employed as royal conductor to Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, Haydn took up temporary residence at the castle of the prince in Hungary. After an extremely long season, Haydn and his musicians had been waiting for a long time to return home to their families, but the prince asked them to stay longer to perform a new symphony. Haydn kindly hinted that his overworked musicians might like to go home with an ingenious musical ending to this work.

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D 944, known as “La Grande”, is the last symphony completed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). He was in his twenties when he composed the 9th and already an accomplished and prolific songwriter. In this symphony, Schubert uses his talent to create a melody and, through its scale and expansive form, offers us a work of optimism, joy and grandeur. The symphony was not performed until a decade after Schubert’s death, championed by composer Robert Schumann.

Come join the Plainfield Symphony family as they come together once again to experience inspiring music. They will also remember and pay tribute to three cherished PSO musicians they lost: Ed Paul (former principal double bass), Bliss Michelson (classical radio station host and double bass player) and his wife, Peggy Wiltrout (oboe, English horn and oboe d’ Amour).

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Musicians and all attendees must present proof of COVID vaccination to attend. Please visit the website for the current COVID protocols put in place for everyone’s health and safety. The Plainfield Symphony is the oldest community symphony in New Jersey and the third oldest in the country.

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