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Pirates of Penzance, concert version

July 16, 2013

The music of 'The Pirates of Penzance' was written by Arthur Sullivan; its libretto by W.S. Gilbert. The opera is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas.

July 20, 7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan has become a fun summer tradition. A conducting seminar held at Colorado State culminates with a final concert open to the public.

The CSU music program, in collaboration with Opera Fort Collins Apprentice Artists, will present a delightful concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

The concert, directed by Colorado State University music alumna Elizabeth Hohweiler, will be conducted by students from CSU’s Summer Conducting Seminar and Master’s program: Alissa Aune, Thalia Burd, Andrew King, Kevin Larsen, Ann Mielke, Mark Miller, Derek Smith, Katrina Sibicky, and Matthew Stiglich.

Excitement palpable

“The students have been preparing for this concert throughout the program with the study of conducting choirs, orchestras and bands,”says Maestro Wes Kenney, director of orchestras at CSU.

“For many of the students in the pit, this is their first professional performance, and the excitement can be felt throughout the hall.

“Arthur Sullivan’s lyrics are amazingly clever,” notes Kenney. “There is a love story, but also slapstick, irony, and a lot of feel-good moments. It can be a zany show, and I suspect the artists will make the most of it!”


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 18)
  • $12/adult

Tickets are available online and at the ticket office one hour before the performance. 

Contact: Carrie Care