2019

 

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Sep

Julie and Nathan Gunn Present DRYTOWN: An Living Room Vaudeville

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.

Newport Music Festival 2019 Gala

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May

Lyric Studio/Lyric Scenes

Join us Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30pm in the Tryon Festival Theatre for our semester presentations of Lyric Studio and Lyric Scenes. Taught by Sarah Wigley and Michael Tilley, Lyric Studio presents “Tin Pan Alley and Bel Canto Opera” featuring scenes from the beloved musicals of the 1920’s and 30s and bel canto opera favorites. Directly following will be Lyric Scenes, music directed by Dr. Julie Gunn. Lyric Scenes will present an evening of opera scenes ranging from Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites to Rossini’s Barber of Seville and will culminate in a performance of Elizabeth Gartman and Susan Bywater’s new opera, The New Motive Power.

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Apr

Crazy for You

Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Sarah Wigley, director

“It is heaven on earth. Everything an American musical comedy should be.” That’s how The New Yorker describes Tony Award-winning Crazy for You, the story of young, rich Bobby Child, sent from New York City to Deadrock, Nevada, in the height of the 1930s Depression to foreclose on a broken-down theatre. Bobby meets Polly Baker, spunky daughter of the theatre owner, and the rest is . . . singing, dancing, romance, and laughter! This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.

Wigmore Hall Presents: Nathan and Julie Gunn in Concert

The American baritone Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Gunn propose a varied programme of poetic and musical voices from Carnegie Hall to Tin Pan Alley via Broadway.

 

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Mar

“A Grand Night for Singing” at the Allerton Mansion

MARCH 7TH AND 8TH: Lyric Theatre @ Illinois presents “A Grand Night for Singing”, an intimate night of dinner, theatre, and song at the Allerton Mansion. Featuring masterpieces from the era of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this sparkling night celebrates the golden age of musical theatre, and is sure to delight and enchant.

Dinner starts at 6pm. Seating is limited.

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Feb

Sonic Illinois: The Rape of Lucretia

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan, based on André Obey’s play Le Viol de Lucrèce
Julie Jordan Gunn, conductor
Kirsten Pullen, director

It’s a tale as old as time. In Benjamin Britten’s 1946 chamber opera set in ancient Rome, a woman is a pawn in a power struggle between men and pays the ultimate price. Department of Theatre Head Kirsten Pullen and Lyric Theatre Co-Director Julie Gunn lead a female production team to explore how sexual violence resonates across the centuries.

Sung in English
Contains adult content

2018

 

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Oct

Musco Center Presents: An Evening With Nathan and Julie Gunn

 

Concert followed by a Master Class with students of Chapman University.

Selections include (subject to change):

  • “Largo al factotum”, from Il barbiere di Siviglia  (Gioachino Rossini)
  • I love a piano (Irving Berlin)
  • The piano has been drinking (Tom Waits)
  • Two little flowers  (Charles Ives)
  • Papageno Suicide Scene from Die Zauberflöte (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • “This is the Life” from Love Life (Kurt Weill)
  • Black Max  (William Bolcom)
  • Captain Hook’s Soliloquy from Peter Pan (Leonard Bernstein)
  • General William Booth Enters into Heaven (William Bolcom)

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Oct

La Boheme

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger
Donald Schleicher, conductor
Nathan Gunn, director

From the freezing garrets to the festive streets of 19th-century Paris, the story and soaring music of La Bohème capture the joyful essence—and the heartbreaking realities—of young love. Through the everyday world of a group of artists living the Bohemian life, the opera reveals timeless truths about passion and friendship, material poverty and richness of spirit. Internationally acclaimed baritone, University of Illinois Swanlund Chair, and professor of voice Nathan Gunn returns as director after his spring 2018 debut; he is joined by conductor Donald Schleicher, chair of the School of Music orchestra division, for what many consider the world’s most popular opera.

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Oct

Nathan and Julie Gunn and Friends: An Evening on Broadway

Nathan and Julie host an Evening on Broadway with exciting young talent in selections from Street Scene, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Parade, Fun Home, and more!

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Aug

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

in memory of Leonard Bernstein, 100 years old this year

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Jul

Bravo Vail! gala

The Annual Gala
Guests will enjoy an exclusive performance by Grammy Award-winning Nathan Gunn and his wife Julie at the piano for an unforgettable evening of glamorous cabaret, with music by iconic composers from Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter to Tom Waits and Billy Joel.

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Jun

Schmidt Vocal Institute

A three day residency with young talent at the University of Miami

The William E. Schmidt Vocal Institute (SVI) nurtures and mentors the development of talented, young singers who wish to pursue studies in music performance and/or education. The curriculum focuses on training singers to have a healthy technique, improved musicianship, and outstanding performance skills.

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Apr

She Loves Me

Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Book by Joe Masteroff

Conducting Sunday, April 29th at 3pm.

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Mar

LTI Preview Series with American Opera Projects, Black Square and the Illinois Modern Ensemble

Lyric Theatre @ Illinois Preview Series.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts with Beth Morrison Projects and American Opera Projects.

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Mar

Wallis Annenberg Center, Beverly Hills, CA: Cabaret Evening

Nathan Gunn, among the most in-demand baritones of his day, along with his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, perform an evening of cabaret by iconic composers ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter to Billy Joel and Tom Waits. The concert joins Leonard Bernstein at 100, the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.

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Feb

Don Giovanni

The internationally acclaimed baritone and School of Music faculty member Nathan Gunn will be making his directorial debut and will be joined by Filippo Ciabatti, beloved Florentine conductor, to bring this dramma giocoso to life.

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Jan

McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA: Cabaret Evening

Joined by his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, Nathan will perform a versatile program of music from the American Songbook, ranging from Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to Leonard Bernstein and Ned Rorem to Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam.

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Jan

Western Michigan University: Cabaret Evening

Nathan Gunn’s cabaret program with wife and pianist Julie Jordan Gunn includes an eclectic mix of standards and other favorites from composers as diverse as William Bolcom, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Tom Waits, and more.

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Jan

Thomasville, Georgia: Cabaret Evening

Musical theater and opera star Nathan Gunn, together with his wife Julie, lends his trademark charisma and powerful baritone to a soaring cabaret program featuring works by Berlin, Porter, Lerner and Lowe, Joel and Bernstein.

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Jan

Masterclass, Vanderbilt University

We will be working with students from the Blair School of Music, and it’s free and open to the public.

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Jan

Recital, Vanderbilt University

Julie and Nathan bring their long beloved Schubert song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin to Ingram Hall.

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Jan

Masterclass

Julie and Nathan will be working with the students of the Florida State University College of Music on American Songs and Arias.

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Jul

Bravo! Vail Gala

Nathan and Julie will celebrate with Bravo! Vail Music Festival at their Annual Gala.  What a beautiful place to celebrate…

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May

Sunday Serenade

Julie and Nathan bring a cabaret show to the opera house!  Folk songs, show tunes, and opera arias will all come together for a magical afternoon.

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Jan

Opera America New Works Forum

Joining Opera America’s Laura Lee Everett and Beth Morrison (BMP) to talk about new operas and their relationship with higher education:

 

Many fruitful collaborations occur between opera companies and educational programs in the development of new works, and the number of these relationships is on the rise. This session features examples of projects that drew effectively on the unique resources of academic and training programs.

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Apr

Krannert Center on-the-road

 

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Nov

Hansel and Gretel

Filippo Ciabatti, conductor Tom Mitchell, director Philip Johnston, choreographer

Central Illinois Children’s Chorus

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck Libretto by Adelheid Wette

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Nov

Krannert Center on the Road

More information coming soon.

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Oct

DeBartolo Center at University of Notre Dame

Nathan Gunn remains one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones performing today. Drawing from the Great American Songbook he and wife Julie Gunn perform their favorite cabaret program in the Leighton Concert Hall.

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Sep

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Oct

“Title of Show” at Allerton Park

Recital in the park. An LTI co-production.

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Aug

Residency

Highlands Opera Studio

August 7 – 20, 2018

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Aug

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Popular opera star Nathan Gunn has developed a reputation as being one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. Here he teams with his illustrious wife Julie Gunn, the famed pianist and Director of Lyric Theatre Studies at the University of Illinois, for an emotionally charged and artistically impressive operatic performance.

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Aug

Residency

The Gunns will be in residence at Interlochen during the final week of Camp, July 31-Aug. 5. During the residency, the Gunns will host coachings, master classes and workshops for high school vocal artists and will present a recital on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.

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May

Georgetown

With Nathan Gunn.

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May

Saint Louis

With Nathan Gunn.

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Apr

Light in the Piazza

Dawn Harris, director
Julie Jordan Gunn and Michael Tilley, musical directors

Book by Craig Lucas
Music by Adam Guettel
Based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer

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Apr

South Bend

With Nathan Gunn. Program includes the premiere of Tom O’Bedlam: a Concert Ayre for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble by English composer Iain Bell.

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Feb

Viva Verdi!

Great moments in Italian opera conducted by Maestro Donald Schleicher and directed by theatre artist and scholar Kyle Thomas.

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Jan

The Cliburn

Nathan Gunn, baritone and Julie Gunn, piano. Schumann, Quilter, Moore.

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Jan

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

With Nathan Gunn. Selections from Nathan and Julie’s cabaret show.

2016

 

20

Oct

Krannert Center

With Nathan Gunn and the Jupiter String Quartet.

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Oct

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