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BEST BET: Two hit machines from the sixties – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and Tommy James & the Shondells -- will arrive at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre Saturday for a supercharged night of rock and roll. Tommy James made a splash with hits like ‘Crimson and Clover,’ ‘Mony Mony’ and ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ with Ryder hitting it big with ‘Devil with a Blue Dress’ and ‘Sock It to Me Baby!’ The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $49.50 and $39.50. More information at 826-1100.

THIS WEEK: NOV. 4 to 10, 2011

A Chorale Sampler, a First Friday concert with the Robert Dale Chorale. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 6 tonight. Free. 586-3921.

In Concert, with the University of Scranton String Orchestra. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 tonight. Free. 941-7624.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, spotlighting pianist Orion Weiss performing “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.” Also: Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and John Adam’s “The Chairman Dances” from his opera “Nixon in China.” Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 tonight. 341-1568.

Arlo Guthrie, the enduring folk singer known for his comic monologues and political comments. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 tonight. $43, $44. 420-2808.

Little River Band, the Australian pop-rock band performing hits from its 30-year career including “Lady” and “Cool Change.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. 866-605-7325.

Girlyman, the Atlanta-based three-part harmony group performing acoustic, Americana and rock. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 tonight. $20. 325-0249.

Get the Led Out, Philadelphia’s seven-member “American Led Zeppelin,” paying tribute to the rock icons. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. 866-605-7325.

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. The original members of progressive-rock group Yes reunite for an evening of hits. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Saturday. $55, $45, $35. 420-2808.

The Nu-Utopians, a seven-piece band celebrating John Lennon with storytelling and music backed by cello, violin, mandola, accordion and harmonica. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $28. 325-0249.

Royal Ceremony, music of British state coronations, weddings and funerals, including selections from the royal wedding, performed by the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania accompanied by a Baroque orchestra and organist Mark Laubach. Followed by High Tea. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 3 p.m. Sunday. $15. 343-6707.

Angels in the Architecture, a concert by the 90-member Marywood Wind Ensemble. Setta LaVerghetta Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 348-6211.

Third Day, the platinum-selling rock band with Tenth Avenue North and Trevor Morgan. Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township. 6 p.m. Sunday. $75, $35, $25. 800-745-3000.

U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, a free concert by the touring big band. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets available in person at the box office.

The King’s Heralds, the gospel-music quartet. Mountainview Community Church, Lehigh Gorge Road, White Haven. 7 p.m. Wednesday. 443-9438.

Phil Vassar, the good-time, piano-playing Nashville singer-songwriter. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Thursday. $36, $26. 420-2808.

FUTURE CONCERTS

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the high-energy, symphonic rock group. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 4 and 8 p.m. Nov. 11. $31.50, $59.50. 800-745-3000.

Joe Nardone’s Doo Wop, Volume 3, with Jay Siegel & the Tokens, the Dubs, La La Brooks of the Crystals, Larry Chance & the Earls and Kenny Vance & the Planotones. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Nov. 11. $49.50, $39.50. 826-1100.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a Christian-music concert. St. Gabriel’s Church, 122 S. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. Nov. 11. Free-will donation. 403-3094.

Sebastian Bach, the heavy-metal Canadian rocker and Broadway actor performs songs from his latest release “Kicking and Screaming.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. 866-605-7325.

In Concert, with the University of Scranton Symphonic Band. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. 941-7624.

John Denver Tribute, with look-alike singer Ted Vigil and Denver’s original lead guitarist Steve Weisberg. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $25. 325-0249.

Flock of Seagulls, the English new-wave band. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 22 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 9 p.m. Nov. 12. $40, $35. 866-468-7619.

Fall Concert, by the Children’s and Youth Ensembles of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. Nov. 13. $10. 343-6707.

Simply Grand Concert, with members of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra performing classical selections on flute, cello, piccolo and piano. WVIA Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. 3 p.m. Nov. 13. Free but reserve seats at 655-2808.

U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, the 65-member ensemble in a program of marches, overtures, pop music, patriotic selections and solos. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Free. 821-2000.

In Recital with trumpeter Caleb Hudson. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. 941-7624.

Don McLean, the singer-songwriter who hit it big in the 1970s with “American Pie.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Nov. 18. 866-605-7325.

Cheryl Wheeler, the singer-songwriter performs a selection of her sage and sly works. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $23. 325-0249.

Foggy Mountain Glory, the Christian-music group. Two Mary Christian Coffee House, Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19. Free. 301-3231.

Girls Night Out Comedy, with standup comedians Jodi Weiner and Susan Prekel. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $20. 325-0249.

Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord, All Ye Lands, with music ensembles from the First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit. 4 p.m. Nov. 20 586-6306.

Guns n’ Roses, on tour for the first time in five years. Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Generations Sing! The 20th-anniversary concert with the University of Scranton Concert Choir, the Catholic Choral Society and other regional choirs. St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Free. 941-7624.

Thanksgiving-Eve Benefit Concert, with recording artists MiZ and the Badlees. Downtown Arts Theater, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 23 with doors at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. $5 benefits programs at River Common Park. 574-3240.

Dark Star Orchestra, the Grateful Dead tribute band on its “Fly Through the Night Tour.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Nov. 23. 866-605-7325.

Railroad Earth Horn of Plenty Getaway, the jamming bluegrass and string band in its annual visit to the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. With Cabinet, Yarn, Shockenaw Mountain Boys, Slavic Soul Party, Mike MiZ, Boris Garcia, Damian Calcagne Band and more. 8 p.m. Nov. 25-26. 420-2808.

Five Finger Death Punch, the hard-rock superstars on their “Share the Welt Tour” with supporting groups All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rev Theory. Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 26. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

The Spinners, the premiere soul group who topped the charts in the 1970s with “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” and many more. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 9 p.m. Nov. 26. $40, $25. 877-682-4791.

Christmas with the Choral Society, a combined concert by the Symphonic Chorus and the Children’s and Youth Ensembles. With holiday favorites, an audience sing-along and a festive reception. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. Nov. 27. $15. 343-6707.

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday show with modern versions of Christmas favorites. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. 826-1100.

Guest Artist Series, with Amber Docters van Leeuwen (cello), Taisiya Pushkar (piano) and John Michael Vaida (violin) performing works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schoenfield. Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Free. 270-2192.

Men and Women for Octaves, an a cappella holiday concert. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. 941-7401.

Noel Night, the 44th annual holiday event with the University of Scranton Singers, String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 8 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. 941-7624.

Noel Sing We: A Christmas Celebration, the Robert Dale Chorale celebrates. 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 586-2921.

Boogie to the Disco Show, with the Elektrik Company and its Ultimate Disco Tribute saluting the dance music of the 1970s. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Dec. 3. 866-605-7325.

Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the quirky quartet in a holiday performance of folk, rock, hillbilly and pop. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $25. 325-0249.

David Archuleta, the singer’s “My Kind of Christmas Tour” with orchestral arrangements of traditional and original holiday music. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 7 p.m. Dec. 4. $30. 420-2808.

Javier Colon, winner of NBC’s vocal competition show “The Voice.” Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. $75, $39.50, $29.50. 420-2808.

Mac Miller, the young Pittsburgh-based hip-hop artist on his “Blue Side Park Tour.” Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Dec. 8. $22. 420-2808.

Holiday Joy: A Celebration of Christmas, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s annual holiday tradition with highlights “Come, O Come, Emanuel” (with handbell choirs), “March of the Kings,” “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and a sweeping rendition of “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 341-1568.

Twelve Twenty Four, high-energy, full-scale holiday symphonic rock with selections by the Trans Siberian Orchestra along with original works. Tunkhannock Area High School, 120 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Dec. 9. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 836-6979.

Empty Stocking Benefit Concert. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Admission: one new toy, item of children’s clothing or cash. 941-7624.

Four Celtic Voices, Christmas songs from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall with traditional Celtic instruments. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $26. 325-0249.

The Machine, performing the symphonic sound of rock greats Pink Floyd. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Dec. 10. 420-2808.

Crystal Gayle’s Holiday Show. The country singer celebrates the season at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 9 p.m. Dec. 10. $40, $25. 877-682-4791.

A Ceremony of English Carols, the Benjamin Britten work performed by the Choral Artists and Cantare Ensembles of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. Also: traditional English Service of Lessons and Carols, audience caroling, organ music and a concluding Wassail Reception. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 4 p.m. Dec. 11. $15. 343-6707.

Christmas with a Twist, a holiday concert with local vocalists and musicians. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Bring a new unwrapped toy or monetary donation. 301-3231.

Lady Antebellum, the multiplatinum country group with guests singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and Edens Edge. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.

Messiah Sing-Along, the Robert Dale Chorale and community singers perform Handel’s choral masterpiece. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. Dec. 18. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 586-3921.

The Tartan Terrors, Celtic music, comedy and dance. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30. $28. 325-0249.

WatersEdge, the Christian-music group. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Jan. 7 with doors at 1:30 p.m., concert at 2 p.m. and Penguins game at 7 p.m. $23, $21, $18. 970-3607.

ABBA: Arrival, the Swedish band pays tribute to the pop foursome. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Jan. 8. 826-1100.

An Evening with Erica Kiesewetter and Steve Ryan, an intimate chamber-music concert by the violinist and pianist from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12. $26.50. 341-1568.

Darius Rucker, the country crossover star and former lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 20. 826-1100.

Gone Madigan, comedian Kathleen Madigan, past winner of the “Funniest Female Standup Comic” at the American Comedy Awards. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 27. 826-1100.

Flute and Harp Concert, a chamber-music concert by Laura Gilbert and Stacey Shames of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The Colonnade, 401 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $26.50. 341-1568.

Broadway Love Songs, a romantic night with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and special guests Bravo Broadway with Doug LaBrecque and Christiane Noll performing songs from “Mamma Mia!,” “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera” and more. 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, and 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 341-1568.

Rascal Flatts, the country group with special guests Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. $59.75, $39.75, $25. 800-745-3000.

Lisa Lampanelli, the comedian, roaster and equal-opportunity offender in a standup concert. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Feb. 18. 826-1100.

Pink Floyd Experience, the tribute band with an all-new show including the entire “Animals” album. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. 826-1100.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the renowned group performs its “Folk Traditions” with works by Dvorak, Smetana and Martinu. Sponsored by Community Concerts at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. 955-1455.

Gaelic Storm, the Celtic rock band from “The Titanic” along with Canadian Celtic quintet Enter the Haggis. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 1. 826-1100.

Beethoven Festival, a concert by pianist Jon Nakamatsu of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Lackawanna College, Scranton. 6:30 p.m. March 8. $26.50. 341-1568.

A Beethoven Festival, with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and special guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, Second Symphony and “Creatures of Prometheus Overture.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 10. 341-1568.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legends of world music performing South African a-cappella songs made famous on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 15. 826-1100.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Bach Festival, a two-day salute to the composer and his contemporaries presented by the Robert Dale Chorale. Begins 4 p.m. March 17 with an Organ Concert performed by Stephen Williams at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. Continues with a Chamber Music Concert with Tom Heinze and members of the Bach Festival Orchestra at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, and culminates with a Choral Concert of two Bach masterpieces: “Jesu, Meine Freude” and the cantata “Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott.” 3 p.m. March 18 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 586-3921.

Yesterday & Today, an interactive Beatles tribute spanning the band’s entire career from 1963 to 1970. Sponsored by Community Concerts at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. March 23. 955-1455.

Best of Second City, the improvisational sketch comedy group performing favorite routines from its zany repertoire. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 23. 826-1100.

Mid-Winter Concert, by the Children’s and Youth Ensembles of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. March 25. $10. 343-6707.

American Harmony, classic folk hymns and spirituals performed by the Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. March 31. $15. 343-6707.

Hammer of the Gods, the Led Zeppelin tribute band. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. March 31. $28. 430-3808.

Music of the Romantic Era, a chamber-music concert with violinist Gabriel Schaff and pianist Amy Duran. Presented by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 12. $26.50. 341-1568.

S’Wonderful! Music of Gershwin and More, an evening of jazz with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and special guests In Full Swing. Included: tunes by Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and George and Ira Gershwin. 8 p.m. April 13 at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton 8 p.m. April 14 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 341-1568.

The Kingston Trio, the folk-singing Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Sponsored by Community Concerts at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 20. 955-1455.

The Great American Songbook, a pops concert with the Doug Smith Jazz Trio and the Robert Dale Chorale. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 20. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 586-3921.

Peter Rowan and the Travelin’ McCourys, with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and the bluegrass group built around Del McCoury’s sons Ronnie and Rob performing “The Music of Bill Monroe.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. April 22. 866-605-7325.

Brahms: A German Requiem, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s season finale performing Brahms’ inspirational masterpiece along with Haydn’s 96th Symphony (“The Miracle”). With the Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 27. 341-1568.

Spring Concert, a concert by the five children’s and youth ensembles of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. May 6. $10. 343-6707.

Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks, from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries performed by the Choral Artists of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. May 12. $15. 343-6707.

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