The Plainfield Symphony 97th Season: Orchestral Families

PRESS RELEASE-- On March 11, 2017, conductor Charles Prince will lead the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra in a unique concert that will showcase the individual instrumental families of the orchestra, - together harmonious but each distinct in color and sound.
The woodwinds will be featured in Antonin Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments, cello and double- bass, in D minor, Op. 44, B. 77. Created in 1878, the Serenade evokes a hearkening back to the entertaining and charming music of Mozart and the Classical era. It is composed in a "Slavonic style" with the middle part of the second movement containing rhythms reminiscent of the bohemian furiant dance form.

Aaron Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man was written for brass and percussion. Composed in 1942 for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, it was inspired in part by a famous speech made earlier in the same year where vice president Henry A. Wallace proclaimed the dawning of the "Century of the Common Man". Copland later used the fanfare as the main theme of the fourth movement of his Third Symphony and its theme has been used in a number of movies and television programs.

Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, is a string sextet in one movement composed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1899. The work was inspired by a mystical poem by Richard Dehmel. and also influenced by Schoenberg's strong feelings for Mathilde von Zemlinsky (the sister of his teacher), whom he would later marry.

The full orchestra will come together to perform the last two movements of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; namely Berceuse-Lullably and the Finale. This is one of several suites that were created after his 1910 ballet that is based on Russian fairy tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner.