About the Society

Meeting Information

All regular meetings take
place at 7:30 p.m. at
Pearl Studios
500 Eighth Avenue., NYC
(Between 35th & 36th Streets)

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Frances Yasprica
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Philip Sternenberg
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News from the Society


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
Thursday, October 18
Wednesday, November 14
Saturday, December 15
Friday, January 18, 2019
Wednesday, February 13
Wednesday, March 13
Monday, April 15
Friday, May 17
Saturday, June 15

In Memoriam

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.

Upcoming Program

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.

Palace Peeper Archive

You can access our Palace Peeper newsletter issues from previous years back to 1937! Click here to visit the archive.

Society Performances

Meetings of The G&S Society of New York feature some of the city's finest performances of favorites and lesser-known gems from the canon of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Enjoy some of these past recordings for a taste of what you can find at our ten concert meetings each season.

"Fair Moon to Thee I Sing" (H.M.S. Pinafore), Richard Holmes

"Sorry Her Lot" (H.M.S. Pinafore), Alexis Cregger

"Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast" (The Pirates of Penzance), Matt Hughes

"Poor Wand'ring One" (The Pirates of Penzance), Alexis Cregger

"Whom Thou Hast Chained Must Wear His Chain" (Princess Ida), Cameron Smith

"Oh Foolish Fay" (Iolanthe), Hanne Dollase

"The Nightmare Song" (Iolanthe), Samuel Silvers

"As Some Day It May Happen" (The Mikado), David Cantor