About the Society

Meeting Information

All regular meetings take
place at 7:30 p.m. at the
Community Church of New York
40 East 35th St., NYC
(Between Park & Madison)
Downstairs
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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Society Officers

Dan Kravetz
President & Editor
of The Palace Peeper

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Frances Yasprica
Corresponding Secretary
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Philip Sternenberg
Treasurer
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Affiliation

We are affiliated with
The Gilbert & Sullivan Society
London, England

The Jay Newman Lectures

The G&S Society holds an annual lecture in honor of Jay Newman, a lifelong devotee of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and longtime Society member. The lecture series is funded by a generous gift made by Newman upon his death in 2007.

A Brooklyn native, Jay Newman was a notable philosopher who served as a professor at the University of Guelph; he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995. Learn more about Newman in the Wikipedia entry about him.


2015: "Gilbert's Dialogue Revisited"
The Fifth Jay Newman Memorial Lecture

November 4, 2015: Roberta Morrell, who performed with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in the last ten years of its original incarnation and is now a well-known stage director and coach, spoke about "Gilbert's Dialogue Revisited." She demonstrated for us how she directs G&S performers to get the most out of the material, coaching volunteers in scenes from THE SORCERER, H.M.S. PINAFORE, and PRINCESS IDA. Roberta insists that the Savoy operas can continue to delight audiences young and old for decades, or even centuries, to come. Roberta's book about life in the D'Oyly Carte, D'OYLY CARTE: THE INSIDE STORY, was released by Troubador Publishing in 2016.



2014: The Fourth Jay Newman Memorial Lecture

May 28, 2014: Geoffrey Shovelton was last principal tenor of the original D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He was also our honorary president for several decades and contributed delightful illustrations to The Palace Peeper during that time. He spoke about his recollections of performing with the D'Oyly Carte and his favorite roles.




2013: The Third Jay Newman Memorial Lecture

May 8, 2013: Our Two Ians sailed to New York with several other G&S devotees on the maiden voyage of the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship and were delighted to share part of their short stay here with us in an evening of information, music and merriment.

The Rev. Dr. Ian Bradley teaches theology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of many books on diverse subjects, including THE COMPLETE ANNOTATED GILBERT & SULLIVAN and OH JOY! OH RAPTURE! THE ENDURING PHENOMENON OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. He spoke about the Gilbert & Sullivan fan community and future of the canon.

Ian Smith spoke about the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival — operating since 1994 in England, first in Buxton and later in Harrogate, with occasional visits to Pennsylvania and California — of which he is founder and chairman.



2012: The Second Jay Newman Memorial Lecture

February 25, 2012: World-renowned G&S performer Simon Butteriss is a specialist in comic baritone roles with New D'Oyly Carte, Opera della Luna, and Carl Rosa Opera Company. A performer and director, he frequently performs at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Butteriss also has an active career as an author and film performer. He shared his insights about the Gilbert & Sullivan patter roles.



2010: "Gilbert & Sullivan: Shining into a New Century with Reflected Light"
The First Jay Newman Memorial Lecture

May 7, 2010: Ralph MacPhail was the inaugural speaker in our Jay Newman Memorial Lecture on Gilbert & Sullivan. Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Bridgewater College of Virginia, Ralph is a longtime Society member. He spoke about "Gilbert & Sullivan: Shining into a New Century with Reflected Light"; the title is inspired by a letter of appreciation written by Gilbert to Sullivan in 1889, and refers to to the timeless appeal of the G&S operas and the reasons for their continuing popularity in the 21st Century.