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Lamar Civic Orchestra concert celebrates Gilbert and Sullivan


The Lamar Civic Orchestra will perform selections from three of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous operas at its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30. The free performance will be in Lamar University’s Setzer Student Center Ballroom.

“This concert will leave the audience humming a tune, or perhaps even several,” said Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. “The light-hearted and upbeat nature of the music of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas is certainly the perfect tonic for the beginning of springtime.”

The concert, under the general direction of Gilman, opens with the overture from “The Pirates of Penzance.” “The Mikado” and “H.M.S. Pinafore” overtures will also be performed interspersed with vocal selections from all three.

Music faculty members Debra Greschner, Noel Turner, Angela Pickering and Serdar Ilban will be featured soloists in the Gilbert and Sullivan tribute. Their selections include “Poor Wandering One” from “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Some Day It May,” “The Sun Whose Rays,” “Braid The Raven Hair” and “Three Little Maids” from “The Mikado” and “Sorry her Lot” from “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on 14 operas between 1871 and 1896. Gilbert was a librettist whose stories brought together mythical creatures and British Lords, and created absurd situations that always came to a logical ending. The story lines are filled with slapstick humor as well as touching and tender moments. Sullivan supplied the music that dutifully supports both comedic and emotional moments in the operas.

“The three operas represented in this Lamar Civic Orchestra tribute still enjoy frequent performances in theatres throughout the world,” said Gilman. “Gilbert and Sullivan’s productions brought many innovations in style and form that helped to shape 20th -century musical theatre. Their influence is clearly shown in the Edwardian musical comedies of P.G. Wodehouse, Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin and Oscar Hammerstein II, just to name a few.”

Gilbert and Sullivan’s music is now in the public domain, and has become theme and background music for movies, television, commercials and jingles of all kinds.

The Lamar Civic Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra organized by Gilman in 2008 to provide an opportunity for trained musicians from all walks of life to perform together and enrich the community.  The orchestra’s members include undergraduate and graduate students at Lamar, students at the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities, Lamar faculty and staff, area music educators, and Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana musicians from a number of different professions.

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