Classics at the Movies

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Step into the world of timeless cinema magic
at “Classics at the Movies”

Come get your heart pumping with the Carmen Overture and feet tapping to Copland’s Hoedown. Sit back and enjoy Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz, plus Nessun Dorma and Se from Cinema Paradiso sung by Ben DiScipio, winner of Best of Boston Musical Theater singer for Sweeney Todd. Other orchestral music includes Mission Impossible, Claire de Lune and highlights from the John Williams Soundtrack. Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 29, 2023 – a date that promises an unforgettable experience! The doors swing open at 2:30 pm at the prestigious Timberlane Performing Arts Center, located at 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow, NH 03865.

Dirk M. Hillyer, Guest Conductor

Dr. Dirk Hillyer is a highly recognized figure on Boston’s North Shore who has performed nationally as a musician/conductor/horn player/mentor. He has varied experiences from the classical genre to “pops” music of Broadway and Film.  This experience led Hillyer to conduct Disney’s DISNEY-IN-CONCERT which took him on two national tours. He has conducted the Austin Symphony, members of the Dallas Symphony in this Disney extravaganza, twice the National Symphony Pops at Wolftrap Performing Arts Center, Miami Pops and Philly Pops in the Kimmel Center. Additional dates included Florida, Virginia, Connecticut, and many Massachusetts cities.

His Hillyer Festival Orchestra (HFO) is locally in the limelight with over 200 performances in Marblehead, Salem, Danvers, Peabody, Lynn, Swampscott, Gloucester, Northborough, Chelmsford, Boston, and beyond. Salem’s July 4thconcert alone attracts 30,000-40,000 people each year! Recently, the HFO opened the Pops season in Wolfeboro, NH to a rousing reception. Additionally, this orchestra, comprised of some of the best pops players in the Boston area and played Boston’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade five years in a row.

Hillyer holds a PhD from Tufts University with two additional degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Ben DiScipio, Tenor, Piano, Organ 

Ben DiScipio is an accomplished singer, pianist, conductor and music director. He has sung frequently with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, and the choral group Ben conducts recently performed on a tour of Ireland.

After finishing his undergraduate studies in Political Science and Music at the College of the Holy Cross, Ben studied orchestral and choral conducting in graduate studies at New England Conservatory and Boston University. Ben also studied voice in the Opera Studio at New England Conservatory. In addition to his work in business, Ben has performed throughout the world as a conductor, pianist and solo vocalist.

In addition to music, Ben is also an actor. He has twice been nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) award for Best Actor in a musical. He won the award in 2009 for portraying the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Metro Stage Company in Cambridge. He has performed with Lyric Stage of Boston, Gloucester Stage Company, Reagle Players, and many other organizations throughout the East Coast.

Classics at the Movies Program

  • Carmen Overture: Georges Bizet (1838-1875)  (Bad News Bears)
  • Symphony No. 7, 2nd movement: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) (King’s Speech)
  • Blue Danube: Johann Strauss  II (1825-1899)  (2001 Space Odyssey)
  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana: Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)  (Raging Bull)
  • Mission Impossible: Lalo Schifrin (b. 1932)  (Mission Impossible)
  • Nessun Dorma: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)  (Turandot/Mission Impossible) featuring Ben DiScipio, tenor


  • Claire de Lune: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)  (Oceans 11)
  • John Williams Soundtrack Highlights: John Williams (b. 1932)  (Harry Potter, The Patriot, Artificial Intelligence) featuring Arr. Ted Ricketts
  • Se from Cinema Paradiso: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)  (Cinema Paradiso) featuring Ben DiScipio, tenor
  • Hoe-down from Rodeo: Aaron Copland (1900-1990)  (Rodeo)