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The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s summer season at SPAC goes into full swing this week—and don’t forget the new starting time (8 PM).

Tonight (Thursday, Aug. 2), guest conductor Erich Kunzel will lead the fabulous Philadelphians in a Broadway-themed pops program. The emphasis is on rock musicals, with songs from Hair, Tommy, Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia (among other nifty shows).

Tomorrow night (Friday, Aug. 3) maestro Charles Dutoit will conduct, and guests Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (pictured) will join the orchestra for a program of works by Prokofiev, Brahms and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Saturday (Aug. 4), pianist Emanuel Ax will be featured on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, and the orchestra will also perform works by Weber, Stravinsky and Ravel.

All three performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Aug. 2-4, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs) begin at 8 PM. Tickets are $70 to $18 (lawn). For more info, call 587-3330.

Angelique Kidjo

World-music superstar Angelique Kidjo headlines the Washington Park stage Monday night.

Why do we call her a superstar? The award-winning, Benin-born singer—who is now based in New York City—has won fans around the world with her catchy blend of Afropop, Congolese rumba, jazz and gospel. She has served as an official United Nations goodwill ambassador, long before Angelina Jolie got into the act. She’s performed with the likes of Vernon Reid, Alicia Keys and Josh Groban. And one of her own compositions was featured on an episode of The Simpsons.

Beatdown Collective, aka one-man band PJ Katz, will open the show.

Angelique Kidjo, with guest Beatdown Collective, will perform Monday (Aug. 6) at 6 PM at the Washington Park Lakehouse (Albany). Admission is free; there is no rain location. For more info, call 434-3861.

Sing-Along Fiddler on the Roof

“Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match/find me a find/catch me a catch!/Matchmaker, matchmaker, look in your book, and find me the perfect match!”

You already know the lyrics—now you have the opportunity to boast your vocal range, too, by attending MASS MoCA’s screening of the classic film Fiddler on the Roof this weekend. The whole point of going is to sing along! Leave it to those fun-loving event planners at MASS MoCA to come up with such ingenuity. We wish there was something more to say about Sing-Along Fiddler on the Roof, but really, what is there? A classic movie + terrific songs + singing along = great time for the fam.

Sing-Along Fiddler on the Roof will take place at MASS MoCA (86 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) on Saturday (Aug. 4) at 8:30 PM. Admission to this event is $10. For more information or to order tickets, call (413) 662-2111 or visit

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