Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company has had the privilege of collaborating with Jere Lantz and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra in presenting a concert version of one of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, a weekend in July, since 1995.

We regret to inform you, however, that the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Board has decided to end their collaboration with us.

Despite the fact that these joint concerts are regularly one of the most popular events at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, with an estimated 3200 in attendance for our performances in 2017, the Board reportedly cited low attendance as one of their reasons for ending the collaboration.

If you disagree with this decision, we would encourage you respectfully to voice your opinion with Lucia Magney, Executive Director, at

It would be our sincere hope that we will be able to return to rejoin the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra at the Lake Harriet Bandshell next year or in the near future.

“Happily, I can play several instruments at once”

—Princess Ida
Princess Ida