Some more upcoming events: North Star Opera does Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, which is one of those stories à la Little Mermaid, about who gets to get married to whom. In Northfield next month, there are overlapping conventions, devoted to the viola da gamba and to the vintage wind band. And in Duluth, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra takes to the stage at UMD, with, among other things, a cell phone concerto.
No word on whether:
Iolanthe will get an updated treatment in view of recent public debates
The viola da gamba folks and the brass band folks will join forces for a unique extravaganza
The cell phone concerto will include audience participation.
As a North Star Opera Board member and the person charged with preparing the pre-show talks, I can say that, while some of the anachronisms in Iolanthe have been updated by director Gary Briggle, including the reference to the perennial debate between the House of Commons and the House of Lords concerning the ban on "marriage with deceased wife's sister", no references to the current debate about "who may marry whom" were added. The show's political humor continues to be remarkably on target, however.