Robert Bass, now in his 25th anniversary season as musical director of The Collegiate Chorale, will lead the group in an evening of American operetta on Tuesday, February 1. Featuring music by Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg, and Rudolf Friml, the concert will be held at Alice Tully Hall, beginning at 8pm. Soloists Anna Christy (soprano) and Daniel Narducci (baritone) will perform along with the Chorale and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players; Roger Rees, the Chorale's newly appointed artistic associate, will direct.

The concert will celebrate Herbert, Romberg, and Friml, three European composers who became American citizens; it will also commemorate Herbert's birth on February 1, 1859. Written and conceived by Bass and Rees, the program follows the arc of American operetta's development from turn-of-the-century entertainments to what is now known as the Broadway musical. According to Bass, "This music lightened hearts in the dark days of the early 20th century, carrying starry-eyed audiences away to preposterous and wondrous locations, which we will do with great singing and very silly acting."

Tickets for the concert range in price from $25 to $60; they can be purchased by calling 917-322-2140. Click here for more information.