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From Sullivan to Sondheim – August 9, 1989 | St. Mary Immaculate Church, Elora, ON
One hundred years of popular musical theatre

date: August 9, 1989

We were commissioned by the Elora Three Centuries Festival to provide this “amusing glance at 100 years of popular theatre and music” with specific use of soloists drawn from the ranks of the Three Centuries Festival Singers.  This proved a very successful tactic.  Between the substantial musical numbers, we performed some appropriate piano-duets and read extracts from the writings of some of the composers and librettists.  The concert was performed twice in the same day, at 2:30 pm and at 8 pm.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Dance a cachucha (The Gondoliers) The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Sullivan, Sir Arthur Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck
In a contemplative fashion (The Gondoliers) Kramer, Stephanie, soprano; Green, Patricia, mezzo; Dirstein, Robert, tenor; Tebbutt, Alec, baritone; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Sullivan, Sir Arthur Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck
Once more gondolieri (The Gondoliers) The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Sullivan, Sir Arthur Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck
Entrance of Queen Elizabeth and Song (Merrie England) Feldstein, Carol Ann, mezzo; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor German, Edward Hood, Basil
Nola Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Arndt, Felix n/a
Can’t help lovin’ dat man (Show Boat) Stofko, Elizabeth, soprano; Feldstein, Carol Ann, mezzo; Pepper, John, bass; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Kern, Jerome Hammerstein II, Oscar
Lumberjacks’ Scene and Blues Quartet (Paul Bunyan, Op.17) Green, Patricia, mezzo; Dirstein, Robert, tenor; Tebbutt, Alec, baritone; Pepper, John, bass; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Love Duet, Fight, Mock Funeral March and Hymn (Paul Bunyan, Op.17) Stofko, Elizabeth, soprano; Dirstein, Robert, tenor; Tebbutt, Alec, baritone; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
INTERMISSION
Oklahoma (Oklahoma) Elora Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Rodgers, Richard Hammerstein II, Oscar
We’ll gather lilacs in the spring again   (Perchance to Dream) The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Novello, Ivor Novello, Ivor
Mad dogs and Englishmen (Words and Music) Ralls, Stephen, baritone; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Coward, Sir Noël Coward, Sir Noël
Jamaican Rumba Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Benjamin, Arthur n/a
You could drive a person crazy (Company) The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Sondheim, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen
Getting married today (Company) Kramer, Stephanie, soprano; Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Tebbutt, Alec, baritone; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Sondheim, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen
Make our garden grow (Candide) Stofko, Elizabeth, soprano; Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Dirstein, Robert, tenor; Tebbutt, Alec, baritone; Pepper, John, bass; The Three Centuries Festival Singers; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos; Edison, Noel, conductor Bernstein, Leonard Wilbur, Richard