Opening night at Freeman Stage to feature the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick-off the seventh summer season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014. Admission costs $10 for adults, with those 18 or younger admitted free of charge.

The MSO is enjoying its 17th season and its ninth year under the musical direction of Benichou. The 50-plus-member orchestra continues to grow in numbers and in its repertoire.

“The arts are such an important part of the cultural life of our communities,” said Benichou. “I see the MSO flourishing in the near future, giving us the opportunity to bring the Mid-Atlantic region beautiful musical experiences.”

Along with the orchestra, the June 20 performance at the Freeman Stage will feature the Irish Vallely Brothers Trio and nearly 100 students from John M. Clayton Elementary School, who will be singing three songs on stage with the orchestra.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “This is the seventh season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, and each year the MSO has helped us launch our summer schedule.

“With the inclusion of the students of John M. Clayton Elementary School, thanks in part to a NEA Challenge America grant that we received, we feel as though this is a the perfect collaboration between professional musicians, aspiring musicians, and the community that supports them both.”

Among the performances scheduled for later this season are Clear Space Theatre Group, Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis and the First State Ballet Theatre. Also returning in 2014 are the Arts & Jazz Festival, local artist John Donato, Tommy Edward as Sir Rod, tribute band Hotel California’s “A Salute to the Eagles” and Bruce in the USA, whose performance will include special guests in the audience from Operation SEAs the Day — a beach-week event held in September for veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving the country. Two nights of “Locals Under the Lights,” when local artists will have their moment in the spotlight, will also be back in 2014.

Performers new to the outdoor stage this summer include Vocal Trash, winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon” Mike Super, Darrah Carr Dance, the Shaun Johnson Big Band, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Grammy Award winner Cristina Pato and more.

For more information on this season’s events or to purchase tickets, call (302) 436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org.