Current Event

The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP 
 
Invites you to join us for a catered reception and curator-led presentation of: 
 
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Oh, Joy Unbounded…: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan 
April 18th, 2017 – 6 – 8 pm
 
To be held at the Special Collections Research Center Gallery 
4400 University Drive, 2400 Fenwick Library, Second Floor, 
George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 
RSVPs appreciated to washingtonrarebookgroup@gmail.com
 
British dramatist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan were perhaps the most popular and influential collaboration in the history of musical theatre. Their famous comic operas — including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado — continue to fill theatres and delight audiences to this day. “Oh, Joy Unbounded…”: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring items from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert & Sullivan Collection, is a tribute to this lasting delight. The exhibition showcases memorabilia from all fourteen Gilbert & Sullivan operas, the individual compositions of each man, and personal items from their lives. In addition, the exhibition contains representative examples of other works performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, the chief custodians of the Gilbert & Sullivan tradition for over 100 years, until its closure in 1982. 
 

Our hosts for the evening will be WRBG members David and Ann Stone and Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University. David grew up in the Washington DC area, graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois, served a tour in the U.S. Army, and worked with the Veterans Administration (later the Department of Veterans Affairs) until his retirement in 2000. His interest in the Gilbert & Sullivan operas blossomed in the mid-1970s while he was a chorister with the Montgomery (later Washington) Savoyards. Over the past forty years, David has built an extensive collection of Gilbert & Sullivan memorabilia that includes manuscript material, books, periodicals, opera libretti, printed music, photographs, posters, programs, recordings, set and costume designs, and other production material and ephemera. The exhibition in George Mason’s Fenwick Library draws upon all these areas.

The tour will visit eighteen cases in three Fenwick galleries—the first devoted to the fourteen Gilbert & Sullivan operas in Europe, the second covering the first North American productions, and the third (Special Collections Gallery) dealing with Gilbert and Sullivan separately, as well as with Richard D’Oyly Carte and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. 
 
There will be no cost to attend this event. 
Getting to the event is best done by driving and/or ride sharing. 
Here is a link to a GMU campus map: http://parking.gmu.edu/pdf%20files/FairfaxMap13_Parking.pdf that identifies general parking areas. 
Here is a link for directions from the GMU website: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions/Directions-to-Fairfax.html 
 
The Special Collections Research Center Gallery, 4400 University Drive, 2400 Fenwick Library is about a 20 minute drive from the Vienna Metro station — An Uber ride from the Vienna Metro Station would cost ca. $11 and change. 
 
We look forward to seeing you there! We are excited about the upcoming year of events. 
 
William E. Baxter, 
President, Washington Rare Book Group 
 
If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017, there is still time! We hope you will renew (or join): 
The membership year runs from January through December, and dues are $30 — student dues are offered for $15. 
We look forward to an engaging season and hope you will renew your membership! 
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Jackie Coleburn, Treasurer 
Washington Rare Book Group 
PO Box 1387 Washington, DC 20013 
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