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Greenwich Singers in G&S Opera

Brett Kroeger of Riverside will sing the lead soprano role and Guy Stretton of Old Greenwich will sing in the men’s chorus when Troupers Light Opera performs the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Ruddigore, April 6 and 13 at the Norwalk Concert Hall. Kroeger will star as Rose Maybud, the village beauty who falls in love with the local gentleman-farmer, only to find out that he is really the bad Baronet of Ruddigore, one of a long line of nobles cursed to commit a crime every day or perish. The story eventually ends happily, but not before Rose goes through another betrothal with a dashing sailor named Richard Dauntless, and not before the audience is treated to rousing songs and dances by a professional chorus of bridesmaids and a gang of ghostly ancestors. Stretton will perform as one of those ancestors and as one of the local villagers. read more...

Obituary: Wilhelm Preier

Wilhelm Preier, 90, of Riverside, CT, died on March 8, 2019 at Greenwich Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on May 17, 1928 in Vienna, Austria to George Preier and Stefanie Votava. He was a talented artist and, using those skills, he became a lithographer. He married his first wife, Anna Krusche, and, together they had a daughter, Evelyne. The marriage ended in divorce. He later married Eleonore Ihrig, who came from Hungary and they emigrated to the United States in 1960. Together, they lived with her daughter, Katalin, in New York City until 1972 when the family settled in Greenwich, CT. Wilhelm continued to work as a lithographer in various printing companies until his retirement. In his retirement years, in addition to painting, he worked as a framer, which complemented his love of art. Over the years, he exhibited some of his work at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut and won several awards of which he was very proud. He elected to remain in his house and live independently until his final days so he would be surrounded by his art, art books, classical music, and photos of his family. He also loved the beach at Greenwich Point Park and took a daily walk there when weather permitted. read more...