MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Béla Fleck, widely considered to be the premiere banjo player in the world and the winner of 15 Grammy Awards, performs the Saratoga premiere of his Concerto for Banjo – one of the first written for the instrument. 8pm.
MUSIC: Nick Lowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Basher is back. Nick Lowe is a seriously influential producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, the Damned), songwriter (“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ‘n’ Roll)”) and dynamic performer (“Cruel to Be Kind,” “So It Goes”). With Americana singer-songwriter Kim Richey. 8pm. $45.
MUSIC: Lake George Music Festival @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lake George. World-premiere performance of “The Brightness of Light,” a new chamber work by Brendan Faegre, commissioned by Lake George Arts Project and Lake George Historical Association. 7pm.
THEATER: Cirque Éloize @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Montreal performance troupe presents the North American premiere of “Cirkopolis,” combining the world of circus, dance and theater into one breathtaking show. 7pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65. Through August 24. Read review here…
MUSIC: The East Coast Chamber Orchestra @ the Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. As part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, the 15-member strong ensemble, comprised of members of major orchestras, string quartets and Grammy Award-winners, will perform works by Mozart, Ravel, a 2013 commission by David Ludwig, and more. 7:30pm. $25; $15 for students ages 6-18.
FILM: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. Open Air Cinema screens the 1971 musical film, starring Gene Wilder in the title role. 8pm. FREE.