Plainfield Symphony presents a free virtual concert on January 22


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originally published: 01/13/2022

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) — The Plainfield Symphony continue their annual tradition of offering a free family concert with a “cultural salute” on Saturday, January 22 at 3 p.m. Under the direction of Maestro Charles Prince, the program will present musical selections from two prominent 20th century black composers and a Venezuelan composer performed by our talented strings. The event will be available live on the symphony orchestra‘s website and YouTube channel.

Ulysses S. Kay (1917-1995) was one of the leading black composers and teachers in the classical music industry in the 20th century. He has written over 135 pieces in genres ranging from solo piano works to full opera. His Six dances for string orchestra will be featured. Kay wrote the six dances in sets of two. At least two movements were composed in 1953, when a friend of Kay’s who was a CBS radio producer suggested he write a new piece for his Sunday afternoon. string serenade program.

Many extremely talented musicians of color have contributed to our classical musical heritage, and William Grant Still (1895-1978) was one of the greatest. He was born in a musical golden era – early 20th century America, where jazz, pop, classical and even film music overlapped. Due to all the premieres he managed to achieve, he became known as the dean of African-American composers with nearly 200 works premiered. His composition of 1948 panama dances was composed after listening to traditional Panamanian folk music. This music mixes an African rhythm with a Latin melody.

The Venezuelan Aldemaro Romero (1928-2007) established himself internationally as a pianist, composer, author and arranger. Known for his ability to blend popular songs and folk elements with classical forms and techniques, his Fugue with Pajarillo, a movement from his Suite No. 1 for strings, testifies to this.

Although there is no in-person audience, you can still join us virtually for this “cultural salute” and experience the music of three important but lesser-known composers. You can see the performance live on their website and on their Youtube channel.

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This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART grant from the Union County Board of Commissioners.

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is operated for educational and charitable purposes by the Plainfield Symphony Society, Inc. The mission of the Society is to prepare and present musical programs; stimulate interest in symphonic music in central New Jersey; providing educational opportunities through youth and family concerts and other educational opportunities; and to provide a forum in which talented non-professional musicians can perform in an orchestral setting.

PHOTO: Charles Prince, Music Director

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