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The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is operated for educational and charitable purposes by the Plainfield Symphony Society, Inc. The Society’s mission is to prepare and present musical programs; stimulate interest in symphonic music in the central New Jersey area; provide educational opportunities through youth and family-oriented concerts and other educational opportunities; and provide a forum in which talented non-professional musicians can perform in an orchestral setting.
As New Jersey’s oldest community symphony and the 3rd oldest continuously operating community symphony in the United States, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra represents the highest standard in musical excellence in programs designed to educate and uplift local audiences. PSO is known for its masterful performances of rarely performed works by master composers, including Mahler and Shostakovich; the sparkling sophistication of the best of Broadway presented in collaboration with leading Broadway performers; and concerts designed for the entire family to create a new generation of symphonic music enthusiasts.
For 100 years, PSO has been "the jewel in the crown of the Queen City," interwoven with Plainfield’s rich history as one of New Jersey’s oldest and most substantial cities. PSO performs in the sanctuary of historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, a Neo-Gothic styled church which features beautiful stained-glass windows, magnificent wood carvings, and a high arcing ceiling. The PSO is a multiple-year recipient of funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.