Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey 2019-2020
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Opening Night! At Your Request
with Maja Rajković, piano
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 “Elvira Madigan”
Gustav Holst: The Planets (with The College of New Jersey Women's Choir)
“Out of this World” is how one might describe our stellar 7th season! This opening night we present Holst’s epic work “The Planets.” Audiences were stunned by its unique beauty and power in 1919, exactly 100 years ago, and it has remained an audience favorite to this day. Beginning with the electrifying “Mars, the Bringer of War” and ending with the ethereal “Neptune, the Mystic” incorporating women’s choir, you will experience an awesome ride through the solar system. Wagner’s energetic “Prelude to Die Meistersinger” opens the concert, followed by Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” concerto, a rare modern nickname because of its use in the 1967 Swedish film of the same name in which its lyrical second movement was featured. This famous melody even inspired Neil Diamond’s 1972 hit “Song Sung Blue.” We are thrilled to present Serbian pianist Maja Rajković in her American debut with orchestra. Winner of the Carlo Soliva International Competition in Italy, the International Rachmaninoff Competition, Audience First Prize at the 24th Jeunesses Musicales International Competition, and awarded the Silver Medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade for special achievement on the concert stage, she is well known throughout Europe for her thoughtful Mozart interpretations. This program really is “At Your Request”- all three of these compelling works on tonight’s concert have been requested by you, our loyal audience.
New Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Hosted by WWFM’s David Osenberg
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (opening)
Offenbach: Voyage to the Moon
J. Strauss: Viennese Blood Waltz
Liszt: Les Preludes
James Bond Medley – arr. Stanley Black
Sing Sing Sing: Louis Prima - arr. Bill Holcomb
Gershwin: An American in Paris
We leave the earth again with Richard Strauss’s attention getting opening to “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (as heard in the film “2001 a Space Odyssey”), and a quick (premature) “Voyage to the Moon” by nineteenth century French composer Jacques Offenbach. Then, back home: Imagine yourself in Vienna’s Musikverein as you listen to a beautiful Strauss waltz and Liszt’s stirring Les Preludes; London’s Royal Albert Hall for music from James Bond films “Thunderball,” “From Russia with Love,” and “Goldfinger,” a New York club for Sing Sing Sing, as made famous by Benny Goodman (with a surprise), and in France for George Gershwin’s timeless “An American in Paris.” Gather some friends, go out to dinner, and join the Capital Philharmonic for some fun and uplifting music. Be part of one of Trenton’s most popular and beloved traditions – make it a night to remember!
There will be a pre-concert performance 7:10 - 7:40 featuring Brett Miller on the Great War Memorial Möller Theater Organ.
Brothers on Broadway featuring Baritone Keith Spencer
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm
A tribute to Broadway's African American leading men, including legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Cab Calloway, Ben Vereen, Paul Robeson, and Gregory Hines. Music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, and more.
Nationally-recognized baritone vocalist, Keith Spencer, presents his tour de force musical showcase, Brothers on Broadway in partnership with the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey. This one-man celebratory tribute to Broadway’s African American leading men has kept audiences and critics alike clamoring for more. With a showman's flair, Keith leads us on a show-stopping musical journey from humble reflections of black minstrelsy through the undeniable progress afforded African Americans through musical theatre. Brothers on Broadway pays homage to the concert works and musical theatre performances of artists such as Paul Robeson, Ben Vereen, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gregory Hines, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many other notable artists. This concert experience commemorating Black History Month includes well-known selections from shows such as Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, Pippin, The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, and more. Since its inception, Brothers on Broadway has continued to rise to critical acclaim. Now, for the first time, Brothers on Broadway will be presented as a full orchestral experience courtesy of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey and Maestro Daniel Spalding. Don't miss this premier historic collaboration celebrating African American greats who broke norms, records, and standards to become unforgettable legends of the Broadway stage.
The Coming of Spring
with Lorenzo Mazzamuto, violin
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Tchaikovsky: Four Seasons (arranged for strings)
Visions of a starry night sky open our Ballroom concert with “A Little Night Music” – another audience request. And, as we are all longing for spring this time of year, we present yet another request: Vivaldi’s timeless “Four Seasons.” For fun, we have also programmed four months of the year from Tchaikovsky’s “Seasons,” to compare his interpretations over 150 years later. Our guest artist this evening is the young Italian violinist Lorenzo Mazzamuto. Born in Catania, Lorenzo graduated Summa cum laude from the Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute of Catania, and made his solo debut with orchestra at age 11 performing a Vivaldi Concerto. Recently, he graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory “P. I. Tchaikovsky” with the highest scores in the class of the “Great Artist of the People” Sergey Girshenko. Lorenzo has played for many important theatres and concert associations in Italy, Europe, Russia and the U.S.A., including solo appearances with the Ploesti Symphony Orchestra, Kiev’s Camerata, the Russian Chamber Orchestra and many more. Most impressively, he has taken part in over 25 national and international musical competitions, obtaining in all, first prize. You need to hear this incredibly talented future star. Our festive reception with wine and light snacks on the Patriots Theater stage follows the performance.
The Genius of John Williams
with Jonathan Wintringham, saxophone
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Olympic Fanfare and March
Star Wars Suite
Escapades for Saxophone and Orchestra from
"Catch Me If You Can"
E.T. Adventures on Earth
We are ready now to soar back into space with “Star Wars” and “E.T” by the preeminent movie composer of our time, John Williams. Everyone has heard this extraordinary music, but to hear it live as played by the Capital Philharmonic is a powerful experience you won’t want to miss. Joining us for another extraordinary John Williams score, an already classic film “Catch Me If You Can,” is saxophone virtuoso Jonathan Wintringham. “A major force in the saxophone world” (American Record Guide), internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning…nothing short of a virtuoso” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan), and “a saxophonist of unusual sophistication…changing his color in ways so sensitive that he bordered on alchemist” (Philadelphia Inquirer). He has given recitals, master classes and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, China, South Korea, and Japan, and received awards in more than twenty international competitions. The exhilarating music of John Williams is coming to the Trenton War Memorial; be prepared to experience the awesome power of the Capital Philharmonic. May the Force be with you!