Opera, Pops, and Big Band at Maudslay Arts Center Hillyer Festival Orchestra on Saturday Hal McIntyre Orchestra on Sunday

This year Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) will celebrate its Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary season with a wonderful line-up of concerts featuring something for every musical taste from classical to jazz, from opera to bluegrass, from country to the Great American Songbook.

Dick HillyerOn Saturday, July 15, The Hillyer Festival Orchestra will present high quality opera classics and “pops” musical standards in a professional symphony concert format to audiences of all ages.

Orchestra and vocal music from the best opera, Broadway, film, and Big Band literature presented in a fun, Boston Pops-like atmosphere, will include sing-a-longs, educational comments, funny anecdotes and superlative entertainment. Effort is given to pleasing the audience with familiar favorites bringing to light special new compositions by American composers.

Under the direction of Dirk Hillyer, the program will feature soloists Erin Smith and Ben DiScipio singing arias from “Carmen,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “L’Elisir d’amore,” “Tosca,” “La Boheme,” “Merry Widow,” “Turandot,” and more.

Come back on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. for the Hal McIntyre Orchestra, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, directed by Don Pentleton and featuring Sinatra vocalist Steve Marvin.

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 as well. McIntyre continued leading the orchestra well into the 1950s, including an appearance backing the Mills Brothers on their 1952 chart-topper “Glow Worm.” Hal died in a house fire at his home in Los Angeles on May 5, 1959. With permission from the McIntyre family, Don Pentleton continued the band.

The Silver Jubilee celebration will continue with MAC favorites Rebecca Parris, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, and Amanda Carr, to name just a few, and culminate in A Salute to Veterans with singer-songwriter Don Campbell on Sunday, Aug. 27.

MAC is a popular cultural and entertainment destination that has served tens of thousands of patrons since its founding 25 years ago in 1992. 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: Hillyer Festival Orchestra on July 15, The Don Campbell Band on July 22, Amanda Carr on July 29, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 12, and making his MAC debut singer Jonathan Edwards on Aug. 19.

Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. and include: Hal McIntyre Orchestra featuring Sinatra vocalist Steve Marvin on July 16, Paul Broadnax & Friends on July 23, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 13, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra on Aug. 20, and A Salute to Veterans with Don Campbell on Aug. 27.

            Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Maudslay State Park,  Newburyport MA 01950. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving to the indoor performance hall adjacent to the patio when weather dictates.

Concertgoers 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 Peet’s House Blend 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 $28 or four patio tickets for $100, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $23. Children 12 and under are free.

The ticket prices for the special Jonathan Edwards concert on Saturday, Aug. 12, are $30 for patio and $25 for lawn. The “four patio tickets for $100” deal is not available for this concert.
Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. with gates opening at 1 p.m. General admission is $20 with open seating on the patio and lawn. Tables and chairs are provided on the patio. Special group rates may be arranged. Children 12 and under are free.

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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