Hancock’s Music on Norway Pond was founded in 2008 by Johanna Hill Simpson, famous for her work as founder and director of PALS Children’s Chorus in Brookline, MA, to bring great musical performances to the community. Some of the performances arrive here from important musical centers such as Boston and the New England Conservatory, with which Music on Norway Pond has a close association. Some of them are home grown – literally home grown.
This is the case with Music on Norway Pond’s Junior Minstrels who wrapped-up the 2015/2016 season with a robust performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan would have loved this adaptation of their classic operatic comedy skewering class convention in Victorian England which had as one of its lasting impressions the smiles on every young performer’s face as they romped through the libretto, jabbing the audience with Pinafore’s peculiar brand of grown-up advise: “Stick close to your desk, and never go to sea, and you all may be rulers of the Queen’s navy.”
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The Minstrels hit the road this summer for a performance at Tanglewood. That’s right. Tanglewood – in order that they might appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
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