The Broward-based Symphony of the Americas, now in its 28th season, begins its nine-concert season at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Broward Center for Performing Arts with an Italian and Hispanic musical tribute.
Nino Lepore of the National Symphony in Bari, Italy, will conduct the film music of Nino Rota, known for his songs in the movies of Federico Fellini and his Academy Award-winning score of "The Godfather Part II." Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats joins Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese for the balance of the concert, which features the music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.
Also this year:
"Spreading Honor through Music," 8:15 p.m. Nov. 10: The West Point Glee Club will join the symphony and sing patriotic songs and works by contemporary composers.
"A Favorite Holiday Tradition," 8:15 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13: Selections from "The Nutcracker," "Winter Wonderland," Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and more.
Florin Ionescu-Galati, 8:15 p.m. Jan. 12: Ionescu-Galati, a Romanian violin soloist, performs Wieniawski "Concerto for Violin No. 2 in D minor."
"Positively Powerful," 8:15 p.m. Feb. 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14: Baritone Marcin Bronikowski, Australian mezzo-soprano Donna Balson. Italian tenor Carlo De Antonis and soprano Courtenay Budd are featured.
Broadway and Pops Favorites, 1 p.m. March 6: Brooks-Bruzzese is joined by Italian conductor Alessandro Siciliani.
Joaquín Achúcarro, 1 p.m. April 12: Pianist Joaquín Achúcarro performs Manuel deFalla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain," celebrating its original performance almost exactly a century ago.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets for the first two concerts cost $50, $60 or $75; the remainder of the performances cost $62, $73 or $85. Call 954-335-7002 or go to SOTA.org.