This year Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) celebrates 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.
Boston’s First Lady of Jazz Rebecca Parris returns to Maudslay on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. Parris has performed jazz for nearly three decades, having produced over 10 CDs. Admired by vocal icons Shirley Horn and Sarah Vaughan, Parris is known for her ability to convey a song’s underlying emotion through masterful phrasing and the infusion of feeling.
She has an inherent sense of swing and musical structure, lending authenticity to her improvisations. You cannot listen to Parris for more than a few moments without being startled by her talent – startled by the range and subtlety and power of her voice.
Come back to MAC on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. for Liz Frame & the Kickers.
Sounds that are gleaned from inspiration ultimately create a sound that inspires others. Indeed, Boston-based singer-songwriter Liz Frame knows this all too well. Her music of choice was honest, unbridled Americana.
Backed by her band, The Kickers — Pat Chamberlin on lead guitars, Lynne Taylor on bass and Pete Walsh on drums — Frame continues to write and perform with seemingly nonstop energy and enthusiasm.
The Silver Jubilee celebration continues with Jonathan Edwards making his MAC debut on Aug. 19, and the return of Shirim Klezmer Orchestra on Aug. 20. The season culminates 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.
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.