Pirates of Penzance

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The Hugh Hodgson School of Music Opera Ensemble presents The Pirates of Penzance Feb. 17-19 at the Fine Arts Theatre.

First performed in New York City on New Year’s Eve in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance is a comedic, family-friendly tale of British pirates and policemen, and love and leap years. It features some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous songs, including “I am the very model of a modern Major-General.” 

“This is a tremendous opportunity for families and music lovers of all ages to discover the joy of Gilbert and Sullivan,” said Frederick Burchinal, the Wyatt and Margaret Anderson Professor of the Arts in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and director of the opera program. “The Pirates of Penzance is light and fun, written and presented in English, and these performances feature many of the university’s most talented singers.” 

The Opera program under Burchinal, and now with new voice coach Kathy Wright, has really come into its own with the level of work it presents to the public each and every time out. The student singers perform at a very high-level, with serious ambitions for moving on to professional opportunities. Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire both appeals to wide audiences and gives the program new opportunities to show off their talents. Dont miss it. Tickets.

Photo above, courtesy of the school of music, features 2nd-year masters student in choral conducting Jared Berry, conductor/music director for the production, preparing the singers during a rehearsal. 

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