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Lamar Civic Orchestra celebrates Gilbert & Sullivan

Date: April 30, 2013
Time: 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Category: Fine Arts
Location: Setzer Student Center Ballroom

Lamar Civic Orchestra 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.

The concert, under the general direction of Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, 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 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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