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Maestro Dirk Hillyer

Holiday Pops will Feature Maestro Dirk Hillyer and The Hillyer Festival Orchestra on December 10 at Abbot Hall

The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s Holiday Pops concert will take place on Saturday, December 10 at Abbot Hall. Maestro Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra will present a wonderful evening of festive seasonal music. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a champagne Reception for all ticket holders, and the concert will start promptly at 8:00 pm. Maestro Hillyer will conduct the Festival Orchestra, presenting favorite holiday music from many cultures. Soloist Jacyn Tremblay, a singer, songwriter, and recording artist who is inspired by the vocal stylings of artists such as Whitney Houston, Pink, Brandi Carlile, and Kelly Clarkson, will perform. The concert is an opportunity for family and friends to enjoy great music, and a delightful way to kick off the season with family and friends. Holiday candles and wreaths will decorate Abbot Hall auditorium, adding to the festive scene of round tables on the floor and great views from the balcony.


Dr. Dirk Hillyer is a highly recognized figure on Boston’s North Shore who also performs nationally as musician/conductor/horn player/mentor. Hillyer Festival Orchestra (HFO) is locally in the limelight with over 200 performances so far on the North Shore. Their concert at Salem’s July 4th concert alone attracts 30-40,000 people each year. Jazz and Rock play a significant part in Hillyer’s make up. In 2015 Hillyer took the baton for DISNEY-IN-CONCERT engagements featuring all the classics, including “Frozen”, “Lion King”, “Mary Poppins” and many others.


Maestro Hillyer holds a PH.D. from Tufts University, and two additional degrees from The New England Conservatory of Music. When he isn’t conducting his own orchestra or playing French horn for the Boston Lyric Opera, Hillyer is at Salem State University, where he is a tenured professor of music.


The Rotary International theme for the year is imagine, and we can all imagine a lovely evening of seasonal sights and sounds. Tickets will go on sale on November 6 and may be purchased through Eventbrite, on the RCOMH website, through Eventbrite at or at the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. Floor seats are $75 and balcony seats are $35. This event is the primary fund raiser for RCOMH, supporting both local and international charities.