Maudslay Arts Center Newburyport Summer Concert

The Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) Summer Concert Series returns with a full lineup of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon concerts, a season with something for every musical taste, from Big Band to Jazz, from opera to country to the Great American Songbook. It’s summer and it’s time to enjoy some good music outdoors.

“We’re back full-time after being closed in 2020 and a shortened season last summer,” said MAC executive director Nicholas C. Costello. “Our regular season begins July 9 with Amanda Carr, but we will open July 8 with a special Beatle Juice Concert fundraiser.”

“Come Together” for the Maudslay Arts Center on Friday, July 8, when Boston’s favorite Beatles tribute band, Beatle Juice, will perform your favorite Beatles tunes at a fundraiser to benefit the MAC.

“One of our goals over the past 30 years has been to revitalize, restore and preserve the barns and facilities at Maudslay Arts Center and we hope to continue to make improvements to this historic site,” Costello said. “As you can imagine, the expenses are enormous and we are so grateful for this fundraiser at the start of the season. It’s been tough with COVID and we really appreciate all the effort to keep the MAC running.

The Maudslay Arts Center summer concert series is back with a full season featuring MAC favorite singer Amanda Carr, the Don Campbell Band, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, guitarist Bobby Keyes and the jazz singer Donna Byrne. Newcomers this season are The Deep Blue C, Alex Minasian Jazz Quartet, Mike Monaghan Jazz Quintet and Beantown Swing Orchestra.

“The Hillyer Festival Orchestra can’t wait to return to Maudslay Arts Center on July 17,” said conductor Dr Dirk Hillyer, “to bring the best of fun and familiar operatic arias to their receptive audience.”

The Hillyer Festival Orchestra features high-quality orchestral and vocal music from the best of opera, Broadway, film and Big Band literature presented in a fun Boston Pops-like atmosphere, including vocals, commentary educational and entertaining anecdotes.

“It will be a traditional ‘Pops’ concert,” Costello said, “with a full orchestra.”

Maudslay Arts Centre's 2022 Summer Concert Series kicks off July 8.  Pictured here are MAC CEO Nicholas C. Costello, left, and MAC President Nicholas J. Costello, right.

Additional support for the Hillyer Festival Orchestra concert was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and its local chapters in Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Merrimac and Salisbury.

The concert will include vocal excerpts from “Carmen”, “La Traviata”, “La Boheme” and “The Merry Widow” with orchestral interludes by Victor Herbert and George Gershwin. Tenor Yeghishe Manchuryan and soprano Erin Smith return to the MAC this year.

“Both voices will melt the hearts of all in attendance,” Hillyer said, “and can make anyone fall in love with their beautiful duets. It’s the most beautiful music ever written and we can perform it in the wonderful Maudslay Hall.

Whether you’re sitting under the stars on a moonlit evening or reclining on a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series provides the perfect setting for your entertainment pleasure.

“With your help, we continue to make upgrades and improvements and as a result, there’s no bad place to sit at Maudslay,” Costello said. “On the lawn, the patio or inside the concert hall, the acoustics are wonderful.”

MAC is a popular cultural and entertainment destination that has served tens of thousands of customers since its founding 30 years ago in 1992. Located in a scenic corner of the 442-acre Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, MAC is best known for his summer concert series. However, from mid-May to mid-October, it is also a popular setting for special events such as weddings, corporate functions, educational activities, meetings, etc.

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series will return for its 2022 season on July 8.

It all started in 1985, when State Senator Nicholas J. Costello, with the help of other environmentally conscious state lawmakers, completed the Commonwealth purchase of the 500+ acre Moseley Estate. from Massachusetts. In 1993, three men of vision obtained a special permit from the State Department of Environmental Management. Former Senator Costello, former Mayor Edward Molin and E. James Gaines pooled their ideas, expertise and capital to create the Maudslay Arts Center (MAC).

Since its inception, the MAC has continued to function thanks to the efforts of volunteers. All costs are offset by entrance receipts, rentals for special occasions and donations from customers and businesses. No tax dollars are involved.

The Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport MA 01950. Concerts are held rain or shine, moving to the indoor performance hall adjacent to the patio when the weather calls for it. All current COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

“There’s never ‘rain’ at the Maudslay Arts Center,” Costello said. “We’re just going inside.”

Spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, which can be casual or as elaborate as a gourmet meal complete with tablecloth and flowers and whatever suits the guest’s fancy. Desserts such as seasonal cobblers and Hodgie’s ice cream, as well as cold drinks can be purchased during intermission, all served by dedicated MAC volunteers who continue to keep this non-profit series alive.

“We want to say ‘thank you’ to the volunteer staff, who continue to tend the flowers, grounds and help organize concerts,” Costello said, “and to Newburyport Bank, who continue to sponsor the concert program Saturday night..

Dirk Hillyer conducts the Hillyer Festival Orchestra.

“Without our sponsors and volunteers and their commitment to Maudslay, we could not continue to do what we do. We would also like to thank the State of Massachusetts for their continued partnership and the wonderful work that Ron Kovacs and his staff do in caring for the 442 acres of this magnificent estate.

“Summer is only a brief season here in New England,” Costello said, “so get out there and enjoy wonderful music at affordable prices in a spectacular natural setting.”

For the full summer schedule and ticket information, go to www.maudslayartscenter.org.

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

William E. Bennett