For aging rock-stars looking for approval from their also-aging fans, a Philharmonic gig is a great way to go. Of course, Sting’s entire career has been on a trajectory to plays shows just like this, full of pomp and circumstance, oozing seriousness. Through the years, Sting’s work has shaded out a lot of what brought him fame with the Police, favoring mellower arrangements and a sort of sonic austerity. Still, that Sting has managed to balance his clear desire to be taken seriously with an equally clear talent for pop song-craft is likely the defining element of his career. This is a rare chance to see those forces balanced as perfectly as possible. Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. NICHOLAS HALL

Sun., June 6, 8 p.m., 2010

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