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THE G&S SOCIETY'S 2018 – 2019 SEASON
We hope you'll join us at our meetings during the 2018-2019 season!
Please note the new location for our meetings: Pearl Studios at 500 Eighth Avenue.
Saturday, September 15
In October 2018, our dear friend Andrea Stryker-Rodda passed away. Andi volunteered to play the piano at hundreds of our meetings since the early 1980s and was similarly generous to other Gilbert and Sullivan groups and gatherings over the years. We will miss her deeply.
Annual Jay Newman Memorial Lecture: Dr. J Donald Smith on "Mrs. Ronalds: Myth and Reality"
Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 PM
For more than 20 years Mrs. Mary Frances "Fanny" Ronalds was the companion/confidant/muse/lover/partner of Sir Arthur Sullivan, fulfilling the role as his wife in all but legality. But who was she? In the various biographies of Sullivan she is treated as a peripheral figure and many of the published details about her are simply wrong. In her own right she was a singer who was compared to Adelina Patti and Christine Nilsson, the reigning sopranos of the day; a composer of a number of popular songs; a patron who supported aspiring musicians; a prodigious fund-raiser for charity and part of the highest societies of New York, Paris and London. The talk will attempt to present a more complete picture of a woman who was a much more important part of the Gilbert/Sullivan/D'Oyly Carte partnership than has heretofore been recognized.
Dr. J. Donald Smith is a long-time member of the G&S Society of New York and is active in G&S circles in the Boston, Massachusetts area, where he is a member of the New England G&S Society and served as its President for 9 years. He is a member of the Sudbury (MA) Savoyards, either performing, ushering or working back-stage. He has been a regular at the International G&S Festival and been with the Savoynet Performing Group for each of their productions at the Festival. Since his retirement as Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UMass Dartmouth, his research has focused on various, unexplored facets of the history of Gilbert and Sullivan and their relationships, resulting in such articles, published in The Sir Arthur Sullivan Society Magazine and the WS Gilbert Society Journal, as "Who was Basil Hood?"; "Thespis in America — the Production Which Never Happened"; "The Hidden History of His Excellency"; "The Missing Songs of The Mountebanks." He was also the major motivating force behind the recent professional recording of The Mountebanks, for which he also provided the liner notes.
The lecture will be accompanied by musical selections to be performed by pianist Michael Thomas and soprano Alexa Clint.
No admission charge. No reservations necessary.
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