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Don’t worry, be happy. Bobby McFerrin is taking the podium. For those of you who have forgotten, McFerrin’s the vocally chameleonic singer who started his career as a cabaret pianist, then tried jazz singing, and somehow wound up with that late-’80s pop hit. McFerrin might be most familiar for his rendition of The Cosby Show theme and various television commercials. But lo and behold, Bobby is also an accomplished symphonic conductor, who’s led the New York and London Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. His efforts to bring classical music to new audiences find McFerrin combining his own unique vocal stylings with the standards of orchestral repertoire. Tonight, he leads the unswerving Philadelphia Orchestra (and brave audience members) in his own improvisations as well as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Bizet’s Symphony in C Minor. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. $20-$75. (202) 467-4600. (Amy Domingues)