After missing the last two years, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston is overjoyed to announce that we will be returning this summer to celebrate our 70th anniversary with a production of HMS Pinafore at the Hobby Center, July 23-21. This is also the farewell performance for stage director and featured performer Alistair Donkin, who has been appearing with us for 40 years. To commemorate this milestone, long-serving musical director (and my father-in-law) Robert Linder will be returning to conduct. Yours Truly will be playing the role of Dick Deadeye. Tickets go on sale June 1, but if you become a patron you can secure prime seats now!

Hope to see you in July!

Houston G&S poster for 2022 HMS Pinafore
I’ll hopefully be singing at the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston’s 7th Annual Gala, featuring the Auction of Arias, 7pm Friday, February 25th, at the Junior League of Houston. The evening will include passed hors-d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner, and open bar. In addition to the Auction of Arias, there will also be a silent auction of great items and experiences.
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Above I said “hopefully” because the attendees will be responsible for selecting the music for the evening.  During each course, we will auction off the opportunity to select songs to be performed from that course’s “Song Menu.” The Song Menu for the evening will include pieces from the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire as well as other opera and musical theater numbers. I’ll be offering:
• “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’” from Oklahoma!
• “When I was a lad” from HMS Pinafore
• “I am the very model of a modern major-general” from The Pirates of Penzance
•  and “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Die Zauberflote.
This is our biggest fundraiser for the year, helping us to pay for the summer show and our scholarship programs. The evening promises to be a lot of fun, so I do hope you can join us. Tickets start at $100, and can be purchased online here or calling 281-724-8363.
Looking forward to seeing (and singing for?) you!

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, Houston’s oldest opera company, is excited to present an in-person concert of G&S favorites – with a twist!  Tenors, Baritones, and Basses will be trading places with Sopranos, Mezzos, and Contraltos for an evening of role-swapped singing!

Lady pirates! Bearded maidens! Our group of Society singers are going to bravely venture out of their usual repertoire in the name of a good time!  Purchase tickets online or at the door.  Livestream option available. 

When: Saturday, June 26th, 7 PM CDT
Where: Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098
**limited to 200 persons**
Tickets: $20 in-person or $10 livestream
For more info go to https://hgns.org/aboutface or email info@hgns.org or call 281-724-8363.

I hope that you and yours are staying healthy, both physically and mentally, in these crazy times.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston was supposed to perform “The Yeomen of the Guard” at the Hobby Center this summer, but, as has been the case with so many things, we were forced to postpone until next year.

But we have not been idle.

This Saturday at 8pm CDT we will be holding a virtual concert.  I’ll be singing “When Jealous Torments Rack My Soul”, a wonderful number from Yeomen that was unfortunately cut after opening night in 1888 because it interrupted the flow of the plot too much. Several other performers from our postponed production will be featured, including Alistair Donkin, and the concert will open and close with numbers by the Savoyard Singers, our standing chorus.

I hope you can join us for an hour of merriment this Saturday at 8.

https://hgns.org/concert

I will be participating in the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society‘s annual gala, An Auction of Arias, at 7pm on Friday, February 21, at Ouisie’s Table in River Oaks. Our Auction of Arias lets you shape the evening’s entertainment! Guests at the event can bid for the chance to select the next song to be performed. The opportunities will come in three courses: Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert. The winning bidders can choose from a select number of options for that course, including arias, musical theater, and Gilbert and Sullivan favorites. If the bidding reaches certain levels, guests can even unlock extra performances by one of our featured soloists.

Whether I will sing or not is up to you…high bidder gets to pick the next song over the course of the evening. Coupled with a silent auction and the always amazing cuisine served at Ouisie’s Table, this is an event you do not want to miss. Get your tickets now at https://events.readysetauction.com/gilbertandsullivansocietyhouston/2020-gala