Hillyer Festival Orchestra at Maudslay on Saturday Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies on Sunday

Dick HillyerMaudslay Arts Center (MAC) favorites The Hillyer Festival Orchestra and Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies return this weekend celebrating MAC’s 27th season, which has something for every musical taste from Big Band to jazz, from opera to bluegrass, from country to the Great American Songbook. It will be a gala year.

On Saturday evening enjoy “A Night at the Opera” with The Hillyer Festival Orchestra featuring soloists tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, soprano Erin M. Smith, and music by Gershwin, Dvorak, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, Sondheim, Lehar, Herbert, and Leoncavallo.

ManucharyanAdmired for his outstanding musical intelligence, and for the purity, power, and flexibility of his voice, tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan has performed with Renee Fleming in the Metropolitan Opera. He has also sung at the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Boston Opera, Minnesota Opera, Tanglewood Festival, and Caramoor International Music Festival to name a few. MAC is proud to have him join us.

Praised for her “rich and beautiful voice” (Petoskey News-Review), soprano Erin M. Smith is quickly establishing herself as a versatile and dynamic performer throughout New England.

“I’m so thrilled to join the Hillyer Festival Orchestra and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan for a concert of opera favorites under the stars at the Maudslay Arts Center,” Smith said. “We’ll be performing arias and duets from ‘La Boheme,’ ‘The Merry Widow,’ ‘Carmen,’ ‘La Traviata,’ and more.”

The Hillyer Festival Orchestra has entertained thousands of people at Boston’s Esplanade Hatch Shell Series. Pleasing the audience with familiar favorites and bringing to light special new compositions by American composers, don’t miss entertaining pops director Dirk Hillyer and his Festival Orchestra.

Come back Sunday afternoon for Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies.

“The first time that I saw one of her live shows, Danielle Miraglia’s intoxicating brand of hot bluesy music, built on an underpinning of scorching guitar riffs, melted the chill off the bitter cold New England winter night in an instant,” wrote Paul Collins, Nashua Telegraph.

Glory Junkies“Truth be told, I don’t believe that there’s an audience anywhere who wouldn’t be blown away after seeing a performance by this gifted Boston-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire. From her opening song, she lights up the darkness and explodes like a tsunami roaring across the open waters of the ocean.”

Also returning to Maudslay Arts Center this year will be legendary performers Jonathan Edwards and The New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Musician and singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, best known for his hit single “Sunshine,” is celebrating 50 years in music. For over 40 years, from Symphony Hall to Singapore, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band has delighted audiences worldwide with its infectious, soulful and uplifting style of traditional New Orleans jazz. Maudslay Arts Center is proud to welcome them both back in Newburyport.

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 20, Jonathan Edwards on July 27, The New Black Eagle Jazz Band on August 10, and Amanda Carr on Aug. 17.

Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. and include: Danielle Miraglia and The Glory Junkies on July 21, and The Hal McIntyre Big Band on Aug. 11.

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, and cold beverages 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 $30. Groups of four or more are $25 each, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $25. Children 12 and under are free.

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 by calling 978-499-0050. Children 12 and under are free.

For an up-to-date summer schedule, to purchase tickets online, or for further information about the performers, visit the MAC website at www.maudslayartscenter.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate (check or cash only) or by calling 978-499-0050. There is no reserved seating. Gift certificates also are available.

The series is supported by The Newburyport Bank, dedicated MAC volunteers and patrons, and the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Saturday evening performances are sponsored by The Newburyport Bank.

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