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Concerts

Elisabeth von Trapp performs Austrian carols and festive music from around the world with cellist Erich Kory Dec. 4 at Misericordia University in Dallas.

The Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus will perform on Sunday in Shavertown.

THIS WEEK: DEC. 4 to 10, 2009

Independent Rock Series, with local favorites Set Phasers to Stun along with the Summer Circuit, Down a Lifetime, We Are Martyrs and more. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Tonight at 6. 420-2808.

Holiday Show, a seasonal concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and a mini Messiah Sing-along. Also on hand: the Ballet Theater of Scranton, Ballet Northeast, the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania and the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” Tonight at 7 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and Saturday, 7 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. $55, $47, $39, $27, $18. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Cantores Christi Regis Christmas, a concert by the King’s College choral group performing traditional carols and holiday works by contemporary choral composers. Included: “Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming” and “What Sweeter Music.” J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, West Jackson and North Franklin streets, Wilkes-Barre. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Free. 208-6044.

A Von Trapp Christmas, a holiday concert by Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Georg von Trapp. Included: Austrian carols, American folk ballads, medieval chants and festive music from around the world. With cellist Erich Kory. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Tonight at 8. $10. 674-6719.

Eilen Jewell, the Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter in a concert of roots, blues, jazz and country. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Tonight at 8:30. $18. 325-0249.

Gospel Extravaganza, sponsored by the Spirit of Scranton Club. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Saturday at 5 p.m. Free. 941-7401.

Benefit Concert for Mike Kittle, with contemporary Christian groups Choose This Day and 4-Given. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley. Saturday at 6 p.m. Free. Donations accepted for heart-transplant patient Mike Kittle. 477-2320.

Pam Tillis Country Christmas. Mount Airy Resort Casino, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday at 6 and 9 p.m. $30. 877-682-4791.

Shawn Klush, the award-winning Elvis tribute artist in concert with his Rockin’ Showband including members of Chicago’s Fabulous Ambassadors and Pittston’s Top Shelf Band. Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Scranton. Saturday at 7 p.m. $50 (Gold Circle), $30. 800-775-9610 or elvisinscranton.com.

Christmas with the Chorale, traditional holiday favorites with the Robert Dale Chorale and special guests the Holy Redeemer Royal Singers and Vivace! from Valley View School District. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre; and Sunday, 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 586-3921.

Dickey Betts & Great Southern, the southern-rock band fusing country, jazz and blues. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Saturday at 8 p.m. $35. 420-2808.

Four Celtic Voices, traditional and contemporary Celtic music performed with harp, flute, bowed psaltery, harmonium, bass and drums. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Saturday at 8 p.m. $28, $23. 325-0249.

Noel Night, the 42nd annual holiday performance by the University of Scranton Singers, Chamber Choir and small instrumental ensembles. Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street at Jefferson Avenue, University of Scranton. Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Prelude at 7:05 p.m. Free. 941-7624.

Live Wire, the East Coast’s premier AC/DC tribute band. With New Jersey-based band Hollywood Nights who recreate shows by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Saturday at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Christmas Choral Concert, with the Wyoming Seminary Madrigal Singers and Chorale in a performance of classical and seasonal music including Vivaldi’s “Beatur Vir,” the “Magnificat” by Pergolesi and Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.” Conducted by John M. Vaida. Great Hall, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Sunday at 3 p.m. Free. 270-2190.

Sarah Hart, a concert by the folk-pop recording artist. St. Jude’s Church, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Free-will offering. 474-6315.

A Blessed Christmas, a concert by the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus along with special guests. Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown. Sunday at 7 p.m. $5. 287-2476.

Holiday Concert, with the Orpheus Choral Society and Senior Choir of Firwood United Methodist Church, 399 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre. Sunday at 7 p.m. Free-will offering. 823-7721.

Ensemble Evening, the 10th annual celebration of the arts by Misericordia University’s various music and dance ensembles including the close-harmony group Beyond Harmony, the Flute Ensemble, the Chamber Singers, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Monday at 7 p.m. Free. 674-6719.

A 10th Anniversary Showcase, a concert commemorating a decade of performances by the Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Civic Symphony. Included: Dvorak’s “Domov Muj (“My Homeland”), Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” and “Three, for Two, by One,” a concerto for oboe and alto saxophone by composer Thomas Heinze. Monday at 8 p.m. in Great Hall, 228 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston; and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street at Jefferson Avenue, University of Scranton. Free. 270-2190.

A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Bryan Adams, the Canadian singer performs hits from his three decades of music-making (“Cuts Like a Knife,” “Summer of ‘69”). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 8 p.m. $73.50, $63.50, $53.50. 826-1100.

Empty Stocking Benefit Concert, with Ron Leas and the Christmas Big Band. Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street at Jefferson Avenue, University of Scranton. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Admission: one new toy, an item of children’s clothing or a cash donation. 941-7624.

Kenny G Holiday Show, the renowned saxophonist and Grammy Award winner in concert. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Thursday at 8 p.m. $49, $44. 325-0371.

FUTURE CONCERTS

Independent Rock Series, a Christmas Bash hosted by Invincible Clothing. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. 420-2808.

Christmas Musical Program, with Emily Steltz and the Noxen Community Chorus performing holiday music, readings and sing-along favorites. Refreshments provided. Old Noxen School and Community Center, School Street, Noxen. Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 298-2052.

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