Adult Reference Blog


August 2019

Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan, performed by a quintet of singers with piano accompaniment

For enduring appeal, the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan rank second only to Shakespeare in the history of English-language theater. But how did W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan create the operas that have linked their names in fame for more than a century? The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island answers that question in Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan, coming to the East Hampton Library, Saturday October 5th at 1 PM. Written and directed by Gayden Wren, with music directed by and accompanied by Thomas Z. Shepard, Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan tells the story of the Victorian masters through their own diaries and correspondence, as well as contemporary reviews and memoirs, plus at least one song from each of the 14 Gilbert & Sullivan operas, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.

The show includes both famous favorites and delightful rarities, making it a splendid evening for seasoned Savoyard and complete novice alike, and for audiences of all ages. The cast includes five singers, each a veteran of many company productions—the Light Opera Company is 63 years old, but the five singers have well over 100 years’ cumulative experience. Kara Vertucci of Lindenhurst is the soprano, Terry Hochler of East Meadow the mezzo-soprano, Jonathan Quarant of Oyster Bay the tenor, Ben Salers of Northport the baritone and Martin Fuller of Oceanside the bass, with David Groeger of Long Beach serving as narrator. “The story of Gilbert & Sullivan is as rich in drama, humor and human interest as any of their operas,” Wren said. “These were the greatest playwright and the greatest composer of the late Victorian era, working together to create masterpiece after masterpiece—but they were also human beings with human strengths and weaknesses. Gilbert’s correspondence is as funny as his operas, but he was also arrogant and hard to get along with. Sullivan was universally beloved, but was a womanizer and a gambler who drove Gilbert crazy by his unwillingness to do anything until the last possible moment. “This show offers a peek into their working methods, drawing on their correspondence as they wrote the operas,” he continued. “They were geniuses, but they didn’t always get everything right the first time, and the show reflects that. Most of all, though, it’s an inspiring story of two proud, ambitious men slowly coming to realize that together they are greater than either is capable of becoming individually.

There’s a lesson there for all of us.” Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan will be presented on Saturday October 5th at The East Hampton Library, 159 Main St, East Hampton NY 11937. Admission is Free. To register call (631) 324-0222 ext.3 or click the eventbrite link below…

The cast of Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan includes (from left) narrator David Groeger, baritone Ben Salers, soprano Kara Vertucci, bass Martin Fuller, mezzosoprano Terry Hochler, tenor Jonathan Quarant and music director Thomas Z. Shepard. (Photo by Christine Dentato. Copyright 2019 The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island.)


Rhonda Denet & the Silver Fox Trio – HAIL TO THE QUEEN: A tribute to Aretha Franklin

HAIL TO THE QUEEN: A tribute to Aretha Franklin

Songs from the 1960s through the 80s — celebrating the music of Aretha Franklin. Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Songs Trio pay homage to the “Queen of Soul” by performing some of her most successful hits. These are the songs that firmly keep as her one of the most celebrated female artists of all time. The song list includes: “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “Until You Come Back To Me,” and “Freeway of Love.”
Friday Sept 20th
6-7:30 PM
call (631) 324-0222 ext.3 or register at the Adult Reference Desk, registration is also available at Eventbrite…

Movie – Rocketman

An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.


6-8:30 PM

To Register: Call (631) 324-0222 Ext. 3, Stop by the Adult Reference Desk OR Visit the Eventbrite link below:…

Film Screening: A Midwinter’s Tale – Kenneth Branagh, Joan Collins

A group of theater actors plays “Hamlet” in a provincial village, faced with their own temptations, disappointments, and joys. Stars Jennifer Saunders, Julia Sawalha, Michael Maloney, Richard Briers, Joan Collins, written and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Weds Sept 11th
5-7 PM
register at The Adult Reference Desk, or call (631) 324-0222 ext.3 or Eventbrite…

“Picturing Activism” hosted by The Robert Giard Foundation

A panel discussion in celebration of a new exhibition of Robert Giard’s portraits of LGBTQ+ writers, featuring Lola Flash, Carlos Sandoval and Katheryn Szoka & facilitated by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach.

Sunday 9/8/19

5-7 PM at The East Hampton Library

159 Main St East Hampton NY

to register call (631) 324-0222 ext.3 or register at The Adult Reference Desk or by clicking the Eventbrite link below…

The Robert Giard Foundation was formed in 2002 to preserve Giard’s photographic legacy of some 600 portraits of notable LGBT authors and to support emerging and mid-career artists dealing with LGBT issues and issues of gender and human sexuality.

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