New Jersey Symphony announces Summer Season with free concerts, films and more

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From left, James Caan, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and John Cazale in “The Godfather.”

New Jersey Symphony will present five free outdoor concerts as well as six ticketed events — including two screenings of “The Godfather” with the Symphony playing Nino Rota’s Oscar-nominated score live — and a free Season Preview, as part of its 2024 Summer Season.

The free outdoor concerts will include selections from Bizet’s “Carmen” and works from composers Valerie Coleman, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa, John Williams and others with Joshua Gersen conducting.

They will take place on the following dates:

June 25, 8 p.m., at Ocean County College, Toms River
June 26, 7:30 p.m., at Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, South Amboy
June 28, 7:30 p.m., at Branch Brook Park, Newark, as part of the North to Shore Festival
June 29, 8 p.m., at Marine Park, Red Bank
June 30, 7:30 p.m., at Liberty State Park, Jersey City

These are the ticketed events:

July 20, 8 p.m.: New Scores: The Cone Composition Institute Concert, presented by The Edward T. Cone Composition Institute at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Program features works by emerging composers.
July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Screening of the Indian fantasy/action film “Baahubali: The Beginning” (2015) with live music at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
July 28, 3 p.m.: Screening of the Indian fantasy/action film “Baahubali: The Beginning” (2015) with live music at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Screening of “The Godfather” (1972) with live music at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
Aug. 18, 3 p.m.: Screening of “The Godfather” (1972) with live music at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

(Tickets for these five events are available at

Also, the Symphony will present a Season Preview Concert at Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Newark, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Jessica Rivero Altarriba will conduct, and the program will include Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin; Debussy’s Clair de Lune; selections from Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and Márquez’s Danzon No. 2. This concert will be free with registration; visit

The Symphony also will perform outdoors at Morris Arts’ 40th annual Giralda Music and Arts Festival in Madison on June 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in May at


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