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Ft. Emily Gasparyan & Alison Broadbent Trick
Dr. Dirk Hillyer is a highly recognized figure on Boston’s North Shore who also performs nationally as musician/conductor/horn player/mentor. Varied experiences from the classical genre to “pops” music of Broadway and Film has led to Mr. Hillyer’s current activity as conductor for Disney’s DISNEY-IN-CONCERT national tour. Mr. Hillyer has conducted the Austin Symphony and members of the Dallas symphony in the Disney extravaganza.
The Hillyer Festival Orchestra (HFO) is locally in the limelight with 150 performances so far. The annual July 4th concert in Salem attracts 30,000 people! Additionally, this orchestra, comprised of some of the best pops players in the Boston area, played Boston’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade five years in a row.
Hillyer has conducted his orchestra for 18 years and local pops orchestras for the last 20 years but also maintains a vital interest in playing in concerts, pit-orchestras, and shows backing up world-class artists including Luciano Pavarotti and Frederica von Stade, under batons of William Steinberg, Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, and Michael Tilson Thomas; And in popular genres with Todd Rundgren (Music Director), Maynard Ferguson (at Berklee), Arturo Sandoval, Carol Channing, Bobby Vinton, Anthony Newley, Shirley Jones and Joanne Worley. A tenured member of the Boston Lyric Opera, he has performed over 400 opera performances under the batons of Keith Lockhart and David Angus, among others.
Jazz and Rock play a significant part in Dirk’s make up also: he performs and has recorded with the Jazz Composers Alliance at Berklee College of Music, was Musical Director for Todd Rundgren’s “Healing” tour (2010-11), and has recently performed the 2013 Prague Jazz Fest that toured throughout the Czech Republic and southern Germany. In 2015, Hillyer has taken the baton for DISNEY-IN-CONCERT engagements featuring all the classics, including “Frozen”. Academically, Hillyer holds a PhD from Tufts University with two additional degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Tonight’s Hillyer Festival Orchestra includes:
Soloist: Emily Gasparyan Atabekyan
Vocalist: Alison Broadbent Trick is a talented, experienced solo performer, voice & piano teacher whose life, love, and travels have brought her to live in the United States. A British citizen, Alison was trained by internationally renowned Joseph Ward OBE and Britain’s beloved Mollie Petrie. Alison is a Voice Graduate of England’s prestigious Royal Northern College of Music and a Music postgraduate of Bath Spa University College. She qualified to teach piano at the tender age of 15 and is an Associate of the National College of Music, London.
Her solo performances include Handel’s Messiah in Wells Cathedral, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, guest appearances with the University of the West of England Choir and Orchestra and numerous solo engagements with choral societies including Chew Valley Choral Society and The Phoenix Choir. She has toured Scandinavia with Radio Manchester Chorale, singing in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Tonight she will be performing three arias with the HFO.
Violins: Alan Hawryluk, Katharina Radlberger, Susanne Powers, Jacob Litoff, Joan Eaton, Sarah Skinner, Linda Scenna, Judy Takata. Viola: Joseph Simcox. Cello: Cheryl Campbell & Cynthia Forbes, Bass: Dave Matayabas & Lello Molinari. Flute: Emily Roos & Susan Jackson. Oboe: Sharon Phipps, Clarinet: Bill Kirkley & Monuca Duncan. Bassoon: Terry Meyers, Horn: James Mosher, Nan Foley & Megan Riccio. Trumpet: Jeff Hoefler & Roy Procops. Trombone: Mike Strauss & Neal Melley, Drums: Richard Fish, Timpani: Abe Finch, Mallets: Jabari Tovar. Synth: Joe Stroup