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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
www.eventbrite.com…

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.)

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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
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Movie – Rocketman

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

FRIDAY 9/13

6-8:30 PM

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

Katherine C. H. E.: Songs of Love and Longing- Concert

Local mom and international chart-topping and best-selling singer-songwriter, Katherine C. H. E. combines pop and folk music with flavors of world, gospel, reggae and jazz, infusing all with messages of love, hope, and positivity.

Katherine grew up in Nashville, TN, where she developed her love of music but only recently stepped into performing. Her debut CD, Campfire Sessions hit #1 on Amazon’s Folk album charts. Katherine performs at venues on Long Island, in New York City, and along the East Coast. She also hosted a local TV show, Music in the Hamptons.

Earlier this year, Katherine released a CD of children’s music and has been performing for children all over the East End. This is one of her few shows for grown-ups this summer.

FRIDAY JULY 26th

6-8 PM

at The East Hampton Library
register at Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/katherine-c-h-e-songs-of-love-and-longing-concert-tickets-62857704085

The Pat DeRosa Orchestra

Join us for a performance by The Pat DeRosa Jazz Orchestra! The Pat DeRosa Jazz Orchestra is comprised of three generations of the talented DeRosa family, with Pat DeRosa on saxophone, his daughter, Patricia DeRosa Padden on piano and vocals and Nichole DeRosa Padden, his granddaughter, on flute and vocals.

SAT JUNE 15th

6-8 PM

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

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pat-derosa-jazz-orchestra-tickets-60225039715

Lecture and performance Professor Craig Boyd The Genesis and Evolution of Rock & Roll Music

Join Professor Craig Boyd, a recipient of the prestigious New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, as he examines the evolution of Rock and Roll Music. The program will take a comprehensive look at the Genesis and Evolution of Rock & Roll Music. It will piece together major events in history that set the stage to spawn the seeds and perpetuation of this unique American music.
Through the study of vocal techniques – delivery, rhythm developments, important historical events, social and political trends, instrumentation, improvisational techniques, listening analysis of musical forms and genres:

Work Songs
Spirituals
Gospel
The Blues
Boogie Woogie
Rhythm & Blues
Hillbilly -Country Western
Rockabilly
Pop – Tin Pan Alley
Soft Rock
Mainstream Rock

SAT MAY 4

At The East Hampton Library

1-2:30 PM

Courting the Jester: A Musical Salute to Danny Kaye, by Bob Spiotto

Join the East Hampton Library in welcoming Robert “Bob” Spiotto, Director of Programs/Special Events at New York’s famous Friars Club as he brings us this musical salute to Danny Kaye. Combining stories and songs this show will shed light on Danny Kaye’s legacy of laughter through memorable performances on stage, screen and television.

Sat, April 13, 2019

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courting-the-jester-a-musical-salute-to-danny-kaye-tickets-55782972372

Tommy Sullivan – a concert celebration

Join the East Hampton Library in welcoming Tommy Sullivan from the 1960s American band Johnny Maestro and the Brookyln Bridge as he brings us a celebration of Roy Orbison, Pitney, Ray Charles and the music of Burt Bacharach!

3/15

6-7:30 PM

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tommy-sullivan-a-concert-celebration-tickets-53769546160

Recording Broadway: An afternoon with Thomas Z. Shepard

Join us in welcoming Thomas Z. Shepard as he brings his great program, Recording Broadway to the East Hampton Library. Recording Broadway offers audiences a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway and the men and women who have made it an American institution. Talking about the shows he’s recorded and the people he’s worked with – everyone from Leonard Bernstein, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim to Julie Andrews, Yul Brynner, Barbara Cook, Placido Domingo, Danny Kaye, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Debbie Reynolds, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera and Barbra Streisand – Shepard opens a window onto the shows that made Broadway.

SAT 12/15

1-2:30 PM

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

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recording-broadway-an-afternoon-with-thomas-z-shepard-tickets-50460614055

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