Gilbert & Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein

Encore Learning instructor Verne Vance will provide an introduction to the lives and works of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who were the two teams of composers-librettists/lyricists that were the principal creators of the contemporary stage musical play.

In England in the late 19th century, Gilbert and Sullivan created the first musical entertainments with original high-quality music and original witty librettos and lyrics. In mid-20th century America, Rodgers and Hammerstein created the integrated stage musical in which all elements - music, libretto, lyrics, choreography, acting, staging and costumes - were integrated to present musical dramas of complex characters dealing with serious issues.

About the Speaker:

Verne Vance is a retired corporate attorney and public official who taught many lifelong learning courses for Encore Learning and for programs at Brandeis University and Regis College in Massachusetts. This fall he will be teaching an Encore Learning course on George Bernard Shaw and the Comedy of Ideas.


Monday, August 14, 2017
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
Do Not Use

About Our Events

Photographing Policy

Library events may be photographed or videotaped by staff for archival or promotional purposes.

Accommodations in the Library

Please email or call 703-228-5993 one week in advance.