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Drury University Music Department Presents Gilbert & Sullivan Gala

For Immediate Release: April 7

Contact:
Dr. Stephen Bomgardner
Associate Professor of Music
Office: (417) 873-7388
E-mail: sbomgardner@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 7, 2009 —T he Drury University Opera Workshop will present a Gilbert and Sullivan Gala, performing scenes from The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance on April 24 and 25 in Clara Thompson Hall.

These three operas are Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular works and include such famous numbers as “Three Little Maids from School”, “I am a Pirate King” and the ever popular “I am the very model of a modern Major-General". Joining the Opera Workshop is the Drury Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Koch.

Between 1871-1896, William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan wrote 14 comic operas. Gilbert (who wrote the words) created a comical world of mistaken identity and farcical characters, while Sullivan (who wrote the music) contributed timeless melodies. Gilbert and Sullivan operas still enjoy broad international success and are regularly performed in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain.

Performances are Friday, April 24 at 5:00 pm, and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 pm, and will take place in Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury University campus. Both performances are free and open to the public, though donations to the Opera Workshop are gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact Stephen Bomgardner, Director of Drury Opera, at 417-873-7388.

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