FITCHBURG — Classic rock band Orleans will be gracing the stage on the Fitchburg State University campus in September as part of the CenterStage Arts and Culture series. In October, the series will feature Grammy-winning string duo Mark and Maggie O’Connor.
With the platinum-selling hit-makers celebrating 50 years of live performances, the members of Orleans will be coming to the Weston Auditorium, located on the Fitchburg State campus, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.
Praised by their peers for their songwriting skills, instrumental prowess and classic trademark harmonies, their iconic radio hits, including “Still The One,” “Dance With Me” and “Love Takes Time,” still resonate with audiences of all ages.
Mark and Maggie O’Connor concerts feature both vocal and instrumental music, performed on string instruments, including violin, guitar, and mandolin.
The Grammy-winning duo will bring their unique talents to Weston Auditorium on the Fitchburg State campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
Mark and Maggie O’Connor have existed in an uninterrupted musical collaboration since the day they met in 2014. As they were perfecting the finer points of Mark’s American Classical violin duos, it got so good that they decided to get married.
The next stage of their musical journey turned into a larger family collaboration, for which they each took home a Grammy for playing bluegrass in the O’Connor Band.
Now, they have turned yet another musical corner. With a year-and-a-half of isolation from touring during the pandemic, they dedicated their days and nights towards further musical growth together. The couple workshopped new songs during 70 weekly online concerts from home, “Mondays with Mark and Maggie.”
What came out of this exploration is an Americana album project of mostly original vocal songs they sing together, other popular songs reimagined, and all of them supported by a small universe of acoustic instruments they’ve brushed up on in the time off the road.
With a capacity of 800 people, Weston Auditorium at 353 North St., Fitchburg, is among the university’s largest gathering places and is used for major performing arts and other campus events.
Tickets for Orleans and Mark and Maggie O’Connor are both $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, Fitchburg State University alumni and university employees; and $5 for Fitchburg State University students. Tickets can be purchased at spectaclelive.com or by calling 800-657-8774.