Opera Night with The Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra and Hal McIntyre Big Band at Maudslay Arts Center

Dick HillyerAn evening of opera arias followed by an afternoon of Big Band hits are featured this weekend at the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series, a season designed with something for every musical taste from classical to jazz, from opera to bluegrass, from country to the Great American Songbook.

Erin SmithOpera Night with The Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra featuring soloists Erin Smith and Colin Levin will be presented on Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m.
An Evening of Opera Arias presents some of the greatest music ever written, including works by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. Every song is a favorite from the classics, recognizable and soaring in its lyricism. Bathe in the beauty of each melody as you relax under the stars. Don’t miss this very special opportunity presented by the popular Hillyer Festival Orchestra returning for its second year.
Come back on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. for the Hal McIntyre Big Band.
Billed as “The Band America Loves,” the original McIntyre Orchestra debuted at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, NY in 1941, as well as headline venues including New York’s Commodore Hotel, Hollywood’s Palladium Ballroom and Chicago’s Sherman Hotel. During the war years the group regularly played overseas for U.S. troops.
McIntyre continued leading the orchestra well into the 1950s, including an appearance backing the Mills Brothers on their 1952 chart-topper “Glow Worm.” McIntyre died in a house fire at his home in Los Angeles on May 5, 1959. With permission from the McIntyre family, Don Pendleton continued the band.
The 2016 Summer Concert Series lineup also will include MAC favorites Liz Frame & the Kickers, The Don Campbell Band, Rebecca Parris, Paul Broadnax, and Donna Byrne. New on this season’s lineup are the New England Tenors, The Bobby Keyes Trio, and Gilson Schachnik Brazilian Trio featuring vocalist Mirella Costa.
Whether you’re sitting under the stars on a moonlit evening, or lounging on a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series provides the perfect setting for your entertainment pleasure.
Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. and include:, Opera Night with Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra on July 16, Liz Frame & the Kickers on July 23, The Bobby Keyes Trio on July 30, The Don Campbell Band on Aug. 13, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 20, and Myanna on Aug. 27.
Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. and include: Hal McIntyre Big Band tribute to Frank Sinatra on July 17, TBA on July 24, Gilson Schachnik Brazilian Trio featuring vocalist Mirella Costa on Aug. 14, Paul Broadnax & Friends on Aug. 21, and Donna Byrne on Aug. 28.
Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport MA 01950. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates. Handicap parking and facilities available on site.
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, which can be casual or as elaborate as a gourmet meal with tablecloth and flowers and whatever suits the patron’s fancy. Delicious desserts such as seasonal cobblers, brownies, and Hodgie’s ice cream, cold beverages and coffee may be purchased during intermission, all served by dedicated MAC volunteers, who continue to make this non-profit series happen.
Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $25, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $20. Children 12 and under are free.
Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. with gates opening at 1 p.m. General admission is $18 with open seating on the patio and lawn. Tables and chairs are provided on the patio. Children 12 and under are free.
For the complete summer schedule, to purchase tickets online (major credit cards accepted), or for further information about the performers, visit the MAC website at www.maudslayartscenter.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate or by calling to reserve at (978) 499-0050. Gift certificates also are available.
The series is supported by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, dedicated MAC volunteers and patrons, and the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
The Saturday evening performances are entirely underwritten by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

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