Details: Doors open at 5.30 p.m. for the silent auction, at which time drinks will be served. During the Concert Intermission, drinks and light bites will be served.
Support the Society while enjoying the best of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring performance and direction by Alistair Donkin, as well as musical direction by Dr. Brian Runnels, with a special guest appearance by Dr. Robert Linder, former Society music director.
The program includes a rare treat: a performance of Sir Arthur Sullivan's The Zoo. Written in collaboration with lyricist B. C. Stephenson, this short one act opera remained lost for decades until rediscovered at auction in the 1960's. Since then, it has proven to be a delightful addition to Sullivan's body of work. It's a topsy-turvey story of royalty-in-disguise, hopeless loves, and overeating, all during a visit to a zoo. A more detailed plot synopsis can be found at the G&S Archive.
The evening will open with choral selections from Messrs GIlbert and Sullivan's works under piano accompaniment, including entire finales from Iolanthe, Mikado, and The Gondoliers (our summer production). There will then be a short intermission before the performance of The Zoo.
Come early to participate in our silent auction. Your generous contributions will help ensure Houston continues to benefit from one of the best G&S companies in the country, if not the world, for years to come.