PSO Closing Season Concert April 29 "Tchaikovsky Festival"
Updated: Apr 11
Contact: Mark Miller (908-561-5140)
Join us on Saturday, April 29 at 7 pm for the concluding concert of our 103rd season entitled “Tchaikovsky Festival” under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the most famous Russian composers; the first with an enduring international reputation. He is particularly well-known for his ballets, piano concertos, and five symphonies. The Plainfield Symphony will be performing two of his orchestral gems.
The Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy is based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet but is not based on the sequence of events from the play but is more about the various characters and moods. The overall design is a symphonic poem with an introduction and an epilogue. The central love theme is often quoted in romantic scenes from film and television.
Composed in 1888, Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 was written 10 years after his 4th symphony. It follows the classic four-movement form, but the movements are unified to some degree through reference to a “motto theme,” announced by the somber clarinets at the outset. Most commentators agree that this represents the idea of Fate. Noted program annotator, James M. Keller wrote: “If Beethoven’s Fifth is Fate knocking at the door,” wrote a commentator when the piece was new, “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth is Fate trying to get out.” The beautiful horn melody that dominates the famous slow movement is one of the triumphs of the symphonic literature that will linger in one’s memory.
Come be a part of this season's ending celebration and join us at the Conductor’s Circle After-Party immediately following the concert. Tickets for the concert and After Party may be purchased on our website. You may also view the livestream performance on our website (www.plainfieldsymphony.org) and on YouTube (Plainfield Symphony Chanel).