For Immediate Release
July 28, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Valley Light Opera of Amherst presents a Gilbert & Sullivan medley at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 ($25 members) and may be purchased online at or by calling 413 458 0524. The performance will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
The delightful music and lyrics of Gilbert & Sullivan have entertained audiences for generations. Of the fourteen comic operas created by the duo between 1871 and 1896, many are still widely performed today, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Singers from the Valley Light Opera perform numbers from these operas and more, providing an evening of high-energy entertainment complete with festive costumes. Audience members will be invited to sing along for some numbers.
The Valley Light Opera was founded in 1975 by a group of Gilbert & Sullivan devotees. With a mission of promoting broad participation while producing fine entertainment, the VLO presents a fully staged opera every fall and less formal productions in early spring. The group has produced all fourteen Gilbert & Sullivan operas as well as Cox and Box, The Zoo, The Rose of Persia, The Chieftain, The Emerald Isle, and Sullivan's oratorio The Prodigal Son. In addition, the VLO has performed Rudolf Friml’s The Vagabond King, Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan, and Warren Martin’s The True Story of Cinderella. For more information, visit
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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