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The Fine Arts Committee of the Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 North Pioneer Ave., will present Bill Carter and The Presbybop Quartet at 7 p.m. Sunday. The quartet has toured nationally in presenting concerts and jazz worship services.

The Legendary Commander Cody Band performs at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call (570) 325-0249 or visit www.jtams.net for tickets.

THIS WEEK: NOV. 3 to 9, 2006

Casting Crowns, the Grammy Award-winning Christian group makes a stop on its Lifesong Tour at the Wachovia Arena, Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. Tonight at 7:30. $47.50, $37.50, $29.50, $20.50. 693-4100.

In Recital, a concert by Bulgarian opera bass-baritone Guenko Guechev and his wife, mezzo-soprano Xiu-Ru Liu. Included: works by Brahms, Mussorgsky, Luzzi, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Mozart and Verdi in addition to selections by Chinese and Bulgarian composers. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. Tonight at 7:30. Free. 941-7624.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the New Orleans jazz band in concert. Presented by Scranton Community Concerts at the Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Lackawanna College, Scranton. Tonight at 8. $35, $30, $20. 342-4137.

Tony Orlando, the pop singer and former TV variety-show host performs at Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Tonight at 8. $34, $29. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

St. Bernadine’s Gospel Choir performing traditional gospel songs and contemporary religious compositions. J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, West Jackson and North Franklin streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 7 p.m. and at the Sunday liturgy at 11 a.m. 208-5900.

Rockapella. The a cappella quintet delivers a blend of soul, rock, R&B and jazz in this concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Fitzmaurice Community Services. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $55 (with buffet), $35, $25. 420-2808 or shermantheater.com.

Leahy, the Canadian ensemble of eight siblings performs their eclectic mix of Celtic, Quebecois, bluegrass, country, classical and jazz. Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $35, $25, $10. 800-432-9382.

Bring in the Band! Favorites of the Big Band Era performed by the 40-voice Wyoming County Chorale, accompanied by pianist Ron Stabinsky, saxophonists Ron Jackson and Greg Elliott, drummer Chuck Pirone and bassist Eric Holgate. Special guests include the Jimmy Welch Band, swing dancers Tim and Connie Kintner and tap dancers Pam and Ryan Holdredge. Tunkhannock Middle School, 200 Franklin St., Tunkhannock. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $7 includes refreshments. 836-2982.

Second City Comedy Troupe, the national sketch comedy touring company in “Truth, Justice or the American Way,” a satirical and insightful look at contemporary America. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. Saturday at 8 p.m. $5. 389-5134.

The Commander Cody Band, rock ’n’ roll from the 30-year veteran band, led by “Commander” George Frayne. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Saturday at 8:30 p.m. $23 advance; $25 day of show. 325-4439.

Jazz and Java with jazz pianist John Coates. Also on the bill: pianist Jim Waltich and bassist Doug Smith. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Sunday at 6:30 p.m. $15, $10 students. 586-8191.

Juice Newton, the country pop singer in concert (“Angel of the Morning”). Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Sunday at 7 p.m. $20, $15. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Switchfoot, the alternative pop-rock group in concert. Tink’s Entertainment Complex, 519 Linden St., Scranton. Sunday at 7 p.m. $16. 346-8465.

Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet, the jazz pianist in concert, backed by Al Hamme on sax, Tony Marino on bass and Ron Vincent on percussion. Performing original compositions along with creative arrangements of hymns including a jazz exploration of biblical psalms. Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown. Sunday at 7 p.m. $8, $4 children. 675-3616.

Music Our Way, a concert of hymns, country music and selections from the 1950s and ’60s, performed by Larry Sorber and Dave Pearn. Luzerne United Methodist Church, 446 Bennett St., Luzerne. Sunday at 7 p.m. 821-1657.

Sinbad, an evening of stand-up comedy from the highly improvisational veteran of late-night talk shows. Cove Haven, 194 Lakeview Drive, off Route 590, Lakeville. Sunday at 8:30 p.m. 226-4506.

Bob Weir and Ratdog, the founding member of the Grateful Dead performs with his rock-jazz ensemble. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Monday at 7:30 p.m. $45, $35, $30. 420-2808.

Dave Mason, the producer, performer, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer whose guitar licks rocked the band Traffic along with recordings by George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Fleetwood Mac. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Thursday at 8 p.m. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

FUTURE CONCERTS

The Pink Floyd Experience, a re-creation of the electrifying stage show of the premiere progressive rock band. Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport. Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $30, $25, $20. 800-432-9382.

Andrew Watts Plays Brahms, the world-famous pianist joins the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 along with works by Sibelius and Mendelssohn. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and Nov. 11, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. $55, $47, $39, $27, $18. 457-8301 or nepaphil.org.

The New Cars, a reunion of the 1970s-80s new wave band with original members Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes joined by Todd Rundgren on vocals, former Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. $44, $39. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Scottish and Irish Music Festival with Killen Thyme, Timlin and Kane, Searson, Greenwich Meantime, Companions of the Cross, Dave Anthony Overdrive, Scythian, Hadrian’s Wall, Birnam Wood, Jim Malcolm, Andy Cooney, Charlie Zahm, the Pocono Highland Dancers and the Emerald Isle Dancers. Also: Celtic vendors, roving bagpipers and specialty foods. Fernwood Hotel & Resort, off Route 209, Bushkill. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12, $6 children per day. 888-337-6966 or fernwoodhotel.com.

University of Scranton Symphonic Band Concert. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 941-7624.

The Golden Age of Rock & Roll Road Show, a chronological musical retrospective of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, performed by a troupe of four singers and five musicians. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. $17, $15 seniors and students. 420-2808 or shermantheater.com.

Tom Rush, songs and stories from the near four-decade career of the veteran singer-songwriter. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. $23 advance, $25 day of show. 325-4439.

Music for a While, a varied program of sacred and secular music including traditional American hymns, Scottish folk songs and music of love and romance. Performed by the 80-voice Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. $10, $8 seniors and students. 343-6707.

Concertos and Classics performed by the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. St. Luke’s Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. $5. 344-1746.

Music of Richard Wargo. The composer and librettist introduces selections from his operas along with Irish-inspired vocal works based on the writings of Synge, Keane, Friel and Yates. Host by Erica Funke of WVIA-FM. Melberger Arts Center, 123 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. $10. 499-5202.

Blues Traveler, the New York-based blues rock quartet in concert. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. $29, $24. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

University of Scranton String Orchestra in concert. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. Nov. 15 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 941-7624.

Styx, the 1970s hitmakers (“Lady,” “Come Sail Away”) perform at Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. $42, $37 advance; $47, $42 day of show. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

The Charlie Daniels Band, the fiddling southern rocker and his group in concert. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. $42.50, $32.50. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the annual winter tour of the symphonic rock collaboration which includes an orchestral string section, a rock band, multiple vocalists, a narrator, extensive pyrotechnics, a laser and light show and a snowfall. Wachovia Arena, Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 3 and 8 p.m. $49.50, $39.50. 693-4100 or 970-7600.

Asleep at the Wheel, a concert by the classic-style western swing band led by frontman Ray Benson. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. $23, $18. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Tony Kenny’s Christmas from Ireland, third annual gala with Irish music, dancing, comedy and storytelling performed by a cast of musicians and dancers. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. $40, $35. 325-4439.

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, the keyboardist/vocalist of the Chicago-based arena-rock band Styx performing 30 years of rock classics. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. $42.50, $32.50. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

La Voce: Stephen Foster, a concert of songs written by the turn-of-the-century American songwriter including “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.” Performed by La Voce, an ensemble of Scranton-area singers directed by Dolores Dominick-Noll. Northeast Theatre, Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students includes admission to the 8 p.m. performance of “The Poor of Scranton.” 558-1515 or thenortheasttheatre.us

The Grascals and the Claire Lynch Band, a double bill of bluegrass bands. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. $17 advance; $20 day of show. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Dark Star Orchestra, a re-creation of a Grateful Dead show. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. $19 advance; $24 day of show. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

A Night of Bluegrass Music with Louie Setzer & the Appalachian Mountain Boys, Chester Johnson & the Foggy Mountain Grass and the Orshaw Family Band. Showcasing the musical stylings of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and many other bluegrass pioneers. Shadow Brook Resort, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Nov. 25, 7 to 11 p.m. $10. 800-955-0295.

The Wailin’ Jennys, the singing Canadian trio and “Prairie Home Companion” regulars. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. $23 advance; $25 day of show. 325-4439.

Christmas with the Choral Society, a special holiday concert with all eight ensembles of the Choral Society performing music of the season. Also: audience caroling and a collection for the Toys for Tots Program. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. $10, $8 seniors and students. 343-6707.

The Who, the “Uncut, Uncensored, Unrepentant Tour” of the powerhouse rock group who perform both classic hits and new music from their mini rock opera “Wire & Glass.” With special guests the Pretenders. Giant Center, 950 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey. Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. $204.75, $99.75, $79.95, $54.75. 717-534-3911.

The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash with sound-alike artist Shawn Barker. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. $26.50, $19.50. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Brian Regan, the stand-up comic examines the humorous aspects of human behavior in a show at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport. Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. $36.50, $31.50. 800-432-9382.

Poinsettia Pops, a concert of holiday music by the University Community Orchestra and the Chamber Singers. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Free. 389-4409.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Holiday Show, the traditional concert with festive carols, holiday pop favorites and special guest groups from the region. Joined by the 80-voice Symphonic Chorus and the Kantorei Ensemble of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $55, $47, $39, $27, $18. 457-8301 or nepaphil.org.

Cantores Christi Regis Christmas Concert, traditional carols and holiday works by contemporary choral composers performed by the choral ensemble of King’s College. J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, North Franklin and West Jackson streets, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 208-5900.

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. The Grammy-winning fiddler and singer-songwriter teams with the ace mandolinist and vocalist in a concert of traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Chicory House Concert Series, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. $12. 825-8772 or chicoryhouse.org.

Ronnie Milsap, the multi-award-winning country artist in concert. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. $34, $29. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Crazyheart, the Lehigh Valley country band in concert. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. $7. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Noel Night, 39th annual holiday concert by the University of Scranton Singers, Chamber Choir and Small Ensembles along with guest harpist Andres Tarantiles. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. Dec. 2 with a prelude at 7:10 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. Free. 941-7624.

A Spanish Christmas, holiday music from Spain, Central America and the American Southwest, performed by the Robert Dale Chorale and accompanied by guitar, flutes, marimba and a variety of unusual percussion instruments. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton; and Dec. 3, 3 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 226 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 945-7143.

Schooner Fare, the Maine-based trio performing harmony-filled songs of the sea, folk tunes, country ballads and topical numbers. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. 420-2808.

American Boychoir Christmas Concert, the nation’s premiere concert boys choir in a holiday celebration. Hershey Theatre, 15 East Caracas St., Hershey. Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. $20 to $40. 717-534-3405 or hersheytheatre.com.

Breaking Benjamin, the modern rock band in concert at the Stabler Arena, 124 Goodman Drive, Lehigh University, Bethlehem. Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. $28. 610-758-6613.

Christmas Concert by the Choral Society of College Misericordia. Included: Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass” and a selection of holiday favorites for chorus and orchestra. Walsh Auditorium, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Free. 674-6719.

Ensemble Evening, a showcase of student talent in the performing arts. Walsh Auditorium, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Free. 674-6719.

Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert, annual event presented by the University of Scranton Concert Band and friends. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission: a new toy, new article of children’s clothing or a monetary contribution. 941-7624.

Clay Aiken, the former “American Idol” presents an evening of holiday songs, backed by a 50-piece symphony orchestra. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. $65 (Gold Circle), $55, $40. 826-1100.

The Performing Arts Institute Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Wyoming Seminary-based group conducted by Jerome Campbell. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. 941-7624.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show, the ultimate cover band with original Pink Floyd sound engineer Colin Norfield and other original crew members working behind the scenes on spectacular lasers and inflatables. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. $43.50, $37.50. 344-1111.

Jim Brickman Christmas, a holiday performance by the Grammy-nominated pianist known for his laid-back, gently lyrical stylings. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. $45, $35, $25. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Live Wire, an AC/DC tribute band. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

A Little Child Shall Lead Them, a Christmas concert by the eight-member a cappella group the Lyric Consort. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre; and Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 6 North Church St., Carbondale. Free. 343-6707 or lyricconsort.com.

Sha Na Na, the sounds of ’50s rock ’n roll in a Christmas Show at Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. $22 advance, $27 day of show. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

23rd Annual Messiah Singalong, the regional holiday tradition. Join the Robert Dale Chorale in singing one of the great masterworks of choral art. First Presbyterian Church, 79 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. 945-7143.

Vienna Choir Boys, the Christmas choral group returns for a holiday concert. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. $50, $37. 420-2808 or shermantheater.com.

Gregg Allman and Friends, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his eight-piece blues-rock band. Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. $35, $30. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

Railroad Earth, the veteran touring jam band in concert. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. $20. 420-2808.

.38 Special, the hard-rock band rings in the New Year at Penn’s Peak, Maury Road and Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. $60, $55. 610-826-9689 or pennspeak.com.

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