Skip to main content
Fitchburg State Mobile homeNews home

CenterStage series welcomes Orleans and Mark O'Connor Duo this fall

mbruun | Wed Aug 9, 2023

The Fitchburg State University CenterStage arts and culture series will present the classic rock band Orleans and Grammy-winning musicians Mark and Maggie O’Connor at Weston Auditorium this fall.

Tickets for the fall shows are on sale now at or by calling 1.800.657.8774.

Platinum hit-makers Orleans, now celebrating 50 years of live performances, bring their talents to Weston Auditorium on the Fitchburg State campus at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Since their humble beginnings in Woodstock N.Y. and throughout countless worldwide tours, Orleans have set some very high standards. Here in 2022 and beyond, Orleans continues to meet and exceed those standards at every show, to the delight of audiences everywhere. 

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 thanks to continued airplay on classic rock radio, television, film and streaming services. 

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, Fitchburg State alumni and university employees; and $5 for Fitchburg State students. Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug 11 at or by calling 800.657.8774.

Mark and Maggie O’Connor concerts feature both vocal and instrumental music, performed on string instruments—violin, guitar, and mandolin. Their performances include solo violin compositions from Mark, violin duos arrangements with Mark and Maggie, Mark’s solo guitar performances, duets featuring Maggie's violin and Mark’s mandolin, new original vocal songs, and a few vocal classics.

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 world-wide 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.” A group of dedicated viewers watched as they made their musical experiments, some fans tuning in for all of them. 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. The album reveals the pair’s most sincere and deeply personal work yet.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, Fitchburg State alumni and university employees; and $5 for Fitchburg State students. Tickets for Fitchburg State students are $5. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at or by calling 1.800.657.8774. 


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.


Spectacle Live was founded in 2012 to provide performing arts venues throughout New England with expert services in venue operations, booking and programming, venue and event marketing, venue programming and operational management, consulting, and event production. Since its founding, Spectacle Live has worked with more than a dozen New England venues on facility management, and in promoting, marketing, and producing hundreds of concerts, comedy, civic, educational, theatrical, and family entertainment events. Spectacle Live has also been a valuable consulting partner to municipalities and non-profit venue owners, developers, programmers, and operators. Spectacle Live has offices in Lexington and Lowell and Laconia, N.H. For more information, please contact Pete Lally,  or 617.531.1257.