Peters, who has received Tony and Drama Desk awards, has built an extensive list of credits ranging from Broadway to movies and TV since entering show business as a child. Four cast albums from musicals have won a Grammy Award.
Saturday's concert, however, is strictly fun for Peters.
“I love concerts,” she said. “I sing songs from shows I've done. I sing songs from other characters and some of mine… . With concerts, I can have fun and go on a journey with these songs.”
Peters, 63, recently finished performing in “Follies” after a seven-month run at the Kennedy Center.
Though the Stephen Sondheim production will travel to California for a limited engagement, Peters said she instead this month will focus on fulfilling a five-concert schedule, which includes Bloomington and Carmel, after having rescheduled the concerts to perform in “Follies.”
“Last year, I was in ‘A Little Night Music.' I didn't think it was right to reschedule (concerts) a third time,” she said.
Peters performs concerts with philharmonics or large orchestras.
“I can be all the characters and myself really,” she said. “I pick the songs. I get to say what I want to the audience.”
Saturday's songs will include “Losing My Mind,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Fever” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
The philharmonic separately performs selections from “My Fair Lady” and West Side Story.”
Peters said she will probably perform a song she wrote for her book, “Broadway Barks,” named after the nonprofit animal-adoption group she co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore in 1999.
The nonprofit gathers animal groups together to help shelter dogs and cats to be adopted, she said. The annual charity event takes place every July in Shubert Alley in New York City.
“On a Saturday between shows every year, stars meet their animal and take their animal on stage and introduce it. It's pet therapy for celebrities,” she said.
All proceeds from the book, as well as her second book, “Stella is a Star,” goes to Broadway Barks.
Peters' future plans include more guest appearances on the musical TV series “Smash,” which she claimed is “Glee” for adults.
Broadway classicsWhat: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic performs a Pops Series concert with special guest singer Bernadette Peters.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Cost: $25-$75; tickets available at 481-0777 or online at www.fwphil.org.