Masterworks Chorale delivers 'A Night with Gilbert & Sullivan'

April 25, 2013

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The annual spring concert of the University of Rio Grande’s Masterworks Chorale will feature the acclaimed work of W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan, in conjunction with the Voice Studio of Valerie Tanner and Acting I students.

The free concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in the Berry Fine & Performing Arts Center’s Alphus Christensen Theatre.

“I am so excited about this semester’s collaboration between the choral, vocal and acting concentrations here at the University of Rio Grande,” Masterworks Chorale Director Sarin Williams said. “This compilation of Gilbert and Sullivan works, already humorous, should prove to be most entertaining, and even highlights the acting abilities of the Masterworks Chorale along with the talents of the students of two of my great colleagues.”

Valerie Tanner is an adjunct professor of voice at Rio Grande, while the Acting I course it taught by Cultural Advancement Director Dr. Greg Miller.

Williams will direct the 22-member Masterworks Chorale with accompanist Nicole Sigman. Chorale members includes Sopranos Stephanie Cartmell, Erica Cuckler, Margaret Evans, Aryn Gritter, Jean Petrie, Leslie Shoecraft, Ally Waddell and Brooke Wolni; Tenors Andy Knipp, Jordan Lombardo, Steven Parker and Duane Will; Altos Jennifer Gompf, Marlene Hoffman, Mackenzie Hornsby, Evelyn Kirkhart, Melanie Lawrence, Nicolyn Smith and Sarah Stover; and Basses Seth Argabright, Clyde Evans and Vinton Rankin.

Acting I students schedule to perform include Briana Anderson-Boyd, Lucia Colley, Mike Depue, Aryn Gritter, Agnes Hapka, Mackenzie Hornsby, Erica James, Jeremiah Knopp, Luke Lawrence, Bilal Young-Norment and Nick Sharp.

Gilbert, a librettist, and the composer Sullivan collaborated on 14 Victorian-era comic operas. The Masterworks Chorale program includes The Sorcerer; HMS Pinafore; The Pirates of Penzance; Ruddigore; The Yeoman of the Guard; Utopia, Limited; and The Gondoliers.

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