The Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford will open its expanded 66th season May 6 with a concert with the 17-piece Berkshire Jazz Orchestra and reduced ticket prices.

The concert will set the tone for “an amazing season,” according to Albert Bayers Jr., the center’s vice president. “We have everything from a fabled storyteller to an internationally acclaimed jazz flutist to chamber music to country and western.”

In addition, Merryall’s Cofeehouse Series, featuring local performers in an intimate setting, will return after a well-received opening last season.

Rob Brereton, the board member who coordinates these performances, has arranged everything from hip hop to a staged reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer.”

“We will also have two performances in June, celebrating Gay Pride Month,” he said.

Special events will also play a prominent role in the season, according the Eileen P. Monaghan, co-president.

“Our popular antiques appraisal fair and curated tag sale return, along with a jazz picnic and barbecue in July,” she said.

This year, the center is expanding its road rally, adding a bicycle route and a 5K course on Labor Day weekend.

“We’re also planning a tattoo with a fife and drum unit and bagpipers in conjunction with this event,” she said.

The Merryall Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization, has been providing entertainment, enrichment and enlightenment in the Litchfield Hills since its founding by, among others, the noted actor Fredric March.

In almost seven decades, its stage has been graced by entertainers and literary leaders from Marian Anderson and Skitch Henderson to Margaret Mead and Jeffrey Toobin.

“Merryall always has intrigued us,” Monaghan said, “by the breadth and depth of its program. This year will be no exception.”

Tickets are $20. A full season subscription is $160, which includes 10 regular performances, and a partial season subscription is $90, which includes five regular performances.

The center is located on Chapel Hill Road.

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