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W. Roger Louis, Philippa Levine, Director HRC 3.202, Mailcode F1900, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-7228

Louise Weinberg, 'Gilbert and Sullivan: The Curious Persistence of Savoyards'

Fri, September 18, 2009 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

The Savoy Operas continue to beguile audiences in America if not in England. Why do one's English friends tend to be cool to Gilbert and Sullivan? And why do one's American friends seem to adore them? The ultimate question, perhaps, is why those who adore them do. Louise Weinberg will provide some of the answers. There will be recorded musical excerpts to recall to us the fun and glory of G & S.

Louise Weinberg is the Bates Professor at the U.T. Law School, where she teaches such unmusical subjects as Federal Courts and Constitutional Law.   Her books include The Supreme Court and the Coming of the Civil War (forthcoming).  She is somewhat notorious (since she claims she cannot sing) for bursting into song whenever Gilbert & Sullivan are mentioned.

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