Shelter in Place: A Living Room Vaudeville
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Shelter in Place Premieres Aug. 2
Nathan and I just finished filming our second Living Room Vaudeville, Shelter in Place, at the South Bend Civic Theatre. We had a blast with the talented Michael Tilley and the wonderful staff at EventSys. Go to www.sbct.org for tickets–it’ll be a limited streaming August 2-9.
ISMO Illinois Summer Music Online
Gulfshore Opera Gala
Julie and Nathan Gunn performed choice opera favorites and beloved American songs as the featured artists for the 2020 Gulfshore Opera Gala.
Krannert Center / Lyric Theatre Student Excellence Fund
In February, co-directors of Lyric Theatre at Illinois, Nathan and Julie Gunn and Krannert Center Director Mike Ross launched the Krannert Center / Lyric Theatre Student Excellence Fund.
Happy New Year!
It looks like I haven’t written for a couple of years! There’s a New Year’s Resolution—I will be better in 2020.
The fall of 2019 was full of happy collaborations—our production company Shot in the Dark premiered its second show ever—Drytown: A living room vaudeville. Nathan and I were joined with our Lyric Theatre colleagues Michael Tilley and Sarah Wigley in making a show about making a show. The hilarious Susan Werner wrote us some songs for it, memorably “Hey! You look tired”– a song about beloved guests who have overstayed their welcome. We’ve used it at home a few times since, as needed.
Nathan and Julie Gunn at Wigmore Hall
"If there’s such a thing as a perfect programme of listening for a Sunday evening – music that’s comforting, mostly undemanding, with a hefty dollop of nostalgia thrown in – the husband-and-wife-team of Nathan and Julie Gunn delivered it in spades. Their Wigmore Hall concert carried the atmosphere of an old-time broadcast from Radio City Music Hall, or, perhaps even the intimacy of an after-dinner parlour performance from the turn of the 20th century, and, notwithstanding the fact that much of the (all-American) music was from later decades, a Stephen Foster song – or even a recitation of some Emily Dickinson – would not have seemed out of place."
Rape of Lucretia Review
[...] the music direction by Julie Jordan Gunn, conducting, from the piano, an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, gave admirable and firm support to the student singers.
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Lyric Theatre brings The Rape of Lucretia into the #MeToo Era
A collaboration between Lyric Theatre co-director Julie Gunn (conductor and pianist) and Kirsten Pullen, head of the Illinois Department of Theatre (director), The Rape of Lucretia brings an innovative retelling of a sadly still-relevant story powered by Benjamin Britten’s 20th century score.
Our Evening on Broadway!
On October 6th, Nathan and I sent the Krannert Center its 50th Birthday present: a concert celebrating everything about the University of Illinois that we have been so lucky to be a part of as students, faculty, and performers.
Alongside current students, alumni, faculty, emerging artists and seasoned professionals, we shared some Broadway heritage, from Street Scene and Carousel to Fun Home and Parade. We did this not just for the beautiful music, but to showcase some of the incredible talent of the new generation of young musicians.
This premiere project is available in varied forms to young artist programs all over the country. If you want to share in this celebration, we’d love to hear from you.
More information may be found at: