New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society Ensemble members:
|Angela Jajko, Director, Mezzo-Soprano||Christine St. Pierre, Soprano|
|Katherine Engel Meifert, Conductor, Mezzo-Soprano||Tony Parkes, Bass-Baritone|
|Thomas B. Dawkins, Piano, Bass-Baritone||Randy Glidden, Baritone|
|Rebecca Hains, Soprano||Martha Birnbaum, Soprano|
|Tyler Hains, Bass-Baritone||Lonnie Powell, Tenor|
|Tom Frates, Baritone||David Bell, Tenor|
|Elaine B. Crane, Soprano||Brad Amidon, Tenor|
|Christine Petkus, Soprano||Connell West Benn, Soprano|
|Susan Craft Larson, Mezzo-Soprano||Kaori Emery, Soprano|
|Shannon Bullis Lebron, Mezzo-Soprano||Lisa Pierce-Goldstein, Soprano|
|Steve Lebron, Baritone||Larry Millner, Bass|
NEGASS Performs With the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra
(excerpted from the February 2015 Trumpet Bray)
In the concert-opening selection "Rule Brittania", Connie Benn, Christine Petkus and Angela Jajko appeared as a featured trio. Later in the concert, the NEGASS ensemble performed highlights from G&S, including "I'm called Little Buttercup", "I am the very model of a Modern Major-General", and "Poor wand'ring one", featuring Angela Jajko, Thomas Frates and Rebecca Hains respectively, and then, from the two H.M.S. Pinafore finales, "For a British tar" and "For he is an Englishman".
Rebecca Hains returned to the stage to perform the soprano solo in the theme from Downtown Abbey. Both concerts were sold out, and the audience gave thunderous applause for all performers.
When Angela, Christine and Connie entered in Victorian dresses, the audience responded with "oohs" and "ahs", and then at the end of the G&S set, there was tremendous laughter when Stephen Lebron (dressed as a Grenadier Guard) saluted the Maestro, and the Maestro saluted him back.
Many compliments were given on both the vocal quality and professional demeanor of the NEGASS performers. During the intermission, the audience was greeted in the lobby by the cast in full costume. Many were excited to take group photos, share G&S experiences, and learn more about NEGASS. Some audience members even asked if we were really from England! They were a delight to sing for--so receptive and appreciative.
Sudbury Savoyards presents Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride, Gilbert & Sullivan's witty satire of Victorian England's aesthetic movement.
Friday, Feb. 20 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 PM - Family Matinee
Friday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 PM
All performances take place at:
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
If you attended the NEGASS Sing-Out on May 31 in Sudbury, you were in for a double treat.
Complementing our multi-talented local performers was William Remmers, a visitor from New York who dazzled the audience with his rich baritone, droll delivery, comedic timing, and general zaniness. At the NEGASS Sing-Out Bill practiced his stage magic as Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore (this lucky writer was his Cousin Hebe), then as Florian in Princess Ida, and with no sign of fatigue, finished off the event as Reginald Bunthorne in Patience.
Bill is the founder and director of Utopia Opera, a New York City company dedicated to presenting opera as limitless entertainment enjoyable to all. Utopia Operapresents G & S and often less-performed operas, all in the original languages, with a professional cast of young as well as experienced singers.
The Trumpet Bray interviewed Bill recently to learn more about his background and what led him to become both an outstanding musician and an avid practitioner of the Gilbert & Sullivan canon. Bill started acting at the age of 3, and continued in theater and in rock bands through high school. He started listening to opera, was captivated, and soon had added singing to his acting and band playing. As he says, he jumped right in, started studying voice, continued to build his acting career, and also became quite proficient at conducting.
Bill wasn't raised with G & S, but while in high school he started listening to The Pirates of Penzance,loving the dialogue as much as the music and becoming a devotee of Arthur Sullivan. In three months he had gone through all 13 operas, and this enchantment led to his immersing himself not only in singing roles but in conducting. In fact, Pirateswas his first conducting job.
Bill founded Utopia Operain 2011, and it has shown steady growth. The company presents opera as entertainment for all, and G & S is a perfect serio-comic vehicle for drawing in a diverse audience.
The company got started with a Kickstarter campaign and continues with donations and ticket sales. Full operatic productions are accompanied by a 15 - 20 piece orchestra, smaller productions by a piano. Shows are performed at Hunter College's Lang Recital Hall, at New York University, and at the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
Bill has enjoyed his two Sing-Outs with NEGASS (2011 and 2014) and would like to continue the collaboration. See what Utopia Operais up to at www.utopiaopera.org (give their Facebook icon a "like"). Even better, take a trip to NYC to enjoy Utopia Opera for G & S and other shows.
The Trumpet Bray Interviews Bill Remmers
Welcome aboard, matey! We are currently booking performances for spring 2015 productions of Pirates of Penzance, adapted especially for elementary school audiences. With the easy-to-use materials we provide, students from your school perform onstage as the chorus, alongside our quartet of professional artists.
So consider booking a performance of Pirates for your school this spring.
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* June 26-30, 2018 August 14-18, 2018, Pirates of Penzance and The Pierpoint Lobster Race, Iolanthe, College Light Opera Company, Highfield Theatre, Depot Street (off Rt. 28), Falmouth, MA.
October 28, Annual Concert including G&S Selections Music to Cure MS Concert, Park Avenue Congregatinoal Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
October 13 & 14, The Mikado CT G&S Society, Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT.
November 2 - 11 - The Gondoliers Valley Light Opera, Academy of Music 274 Main Street, Northampton MA