The Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey — seen here in a painting by Trenton-born artist John Gummere — opens its sixth season at Trenton’s War Memorial on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. with “Celebrating the Legacy of Leonard Bernstein.”
Under the direction of conductor Dan Spalding, the concert commemorates the 100th birthday of the celebrated American conductor and composer of some of America’s best known stage and concert works. Featured on the program are the ballet “Fancy Free,” “Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story,’” and “Symphonic Suite from ‘On the Waterfront,’” Bernstein’s only film score.
Coming up are two concerts featuring guest artist Carla Maffioletti, a soprano and classical guitarist known as the “Brazilian Song Bird.” She will be appearing in an intimate concert in the War Memorial’s George Washington Ballroom on Friday, December 28, at 7:30 p.m.
And she will join the full orchestra for its annual New Year’s Eve concert on Monday, December 31, at 8 p.m. The New Year’s program includes film scores by John Williams and George Gershwin, stage works by Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, and Victor Herbert, and orchestral pieces by Johan Strauss, Gioacchino Rossini, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, $30 to $65. 215-893-1999. www.capitalphilharmonic.org.