Where did you get your start? It’s a question often asked of Krannert Center’s incredible array of artists, including Julie and Nathan Gunn. For Julie Jordan Gunn, things began in part in Drytown, California, a gold-mining-town-turned-summer-theatre-destination where, as Julie was growing up, the Jordan family would join the Claypipers performance troupe to present comedic melodramas and a special Labor Day children’s showcase featuring none other than Julie and her two younger brothers. Things built from there for Julie—and the story eventually included Nathan, too. Now the Gunns invite you to pull up a chair for a charming living-room style cabaret, complete with a small band and filled with their own family stories; friends old and new singing and playing songs old and new (including numbers by the witty and wise Susan Werner); and special guests who will offer a unique window into where great artists come from.
Julie and Nathan Gunn are the featured artists for Gulfshore Opera’s signature fundraising event. Joined by GO’s Professional Artists in Residence during the first half of the program, they will present popular opera scenes Including Mr. Gunn’s famous Papageno Suicide scene. in the second half, Nathan and Julie Gunn will perform American music. Join us for the concert only or the Gala Package which includes the concert, Meet the Artist Reception, and Gala dinner at The Club at the Strand.
Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and see the sexy, seedy Kit Kat dancers, doomed lovers Frau Schneider and Herr Schultz, and the inimitable Sally Bowles. With classic songs (“Maybe This Time,” “Two Ladies,” and of course the title song), fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic, this collaboration is sure to enchant.
Julie Gunn, conductor
Composer Gustav Mahler wrote Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) near the end of his life and in fact never heard it performed. Inspired by Chinese poetry of the seventh and eighth century and written for vocalists with orchestra, the work delves into themes of life and eternity and is considered iconic in the Western classical music canon. This evening—in collaboration with the Illinois Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media (eDream) Institute and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology—musical moments will be woven together with big science presentations by distinguished faculty, followed by a unique rendering of Mahler’s masterpiece enhanced by imagery and movement conceived by Tai Ji master Chungliang Al Huang. Performers will include baritone Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Gunn.