Join us at Whitney Center for a wonderful evening of piano and song--an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with vocal selections by members of the New Haven Chorale for the benefit of the New Haven Chorale.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014
Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden
Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres
6:30 - 9:00 PM
RSVP by March 12
Patron Tickets: $75.00 (includes seating and recognition in the program)
Purchase tickets by clicking "Buy tickets online" or by calling 203-776-7664.
William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900) first collaborated on the opera Thespis, as a holiday production at London's Gaiety Theatre in 1871. Both were accomplished in their respective fields, Gilbert in writing and Sullivan in musical composition, before pairing up to become one of the most successful creative duos in history.
With their method of storytelling, using the deadpan to communicate the outrageous, Gilbert and Sullivan got away with brazen social commentary in the form of upbeat musical comedy. While much of Gilbert and Sullivan's humor capitalizes on gender and ethnic stereotypes, their biting satire generally targets the folly of human kind and the capricious nature of social class and order. The continued popularity of their comic operas into the 21st century testifies to teh continued relevance of Gilbert and Sullivan and their influence on other artists. Musical theatre today is still an effective platform for social commentary, often through its humorous, and therefore, disarming delivery of content. The collaboration of music, lyrics, and character development to tell a story and present a unified world view stands out among Gilbert and Sullivan's contributions to the field of musical theatre.