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.
Nathan and Julie Gunn to teach at Arts Camp 2017
Interlochen Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the return of noted opera professionals Nathan and Julie Gunn for a weeklong residency during Arts Camp 2017.
Baritone Nathan Gunn with pianist Julie Gunn Deliver Casual Afternoon of Song
Singing at perhaps at a lower tempo than heard by previous singers, the rich support at the piano by Julie Gunn lended to the luxuriant delivery by her husband.
Baritone Nathan Gunn concludes a successful ‘Great Artists’ season
Julie Gunn (both are professors of music at the University of Illinois) no doubt has an unusual degree of rapport with this particular performer, but she's an extraordinary accompanist by any measure. Their by-play was a part of the fun.
Formidable team at the Kimbell Art Museum
Julie Gunn, though, is an exemplary collaborative pianist seemingly equally at ease in all the genres the duo performed in Thursday’s recital. The pair’s onstage banter was both charming and informative, especially when discussing the two less-well-known composers on the first, more “serious” half of the program. These are the American Ben Moore, who will himself be at the Modern Museum of Art in Fort Worth on February 13, in a performance and discussion of his works, and the English Roger Quilter, who was most active in the 1910s and 1920s. Julie Gunn remarked that to them, these composers are musical descendants of Schumann. Indeed, neither reflects the tonalities we’ve come to think of as “new” music.
The 2017-18 season promises to be an exciting one! Nathan and I will be celebrating American Songs at the DeBartolo Center (get ready to sing along!) and touring our cabaret to Nashville, Thomasville, Kalamazoo, Palm Desert, and Beverly Hills.
We’ll be in DC and LA to celebrate the Krannert Center with alumni and friends, and proud to produce four Lyric Theatre @ Illinois shows: [title of show], Hansel and Gretel, Don Giovanni (Nathan’s directorial debut!) and She Loves Me. We’ll keep you posted about masterclasses and other gatherings along the way.
Busy Gunns make time for Notre Dame recital
Superstar baritone and South Bend native Nathan Gunn has sung numerous iconic roles in opera and musical theater.
Two baritones in one show could have been a surfeit, but Gunn's rich, reverberant, operatic voice amply contrasted with Patinkin's lighter one and his routine use of that trademark falsetto. They were superbly accompanied by the dual grand pianos of Julie Jordan Gunn and Paul Ford.
Schumann to Ives
At the piano, Julie Gunn also emphasized clarity, with a slightly percussive touch and a relish for complexity, élan increasing with the density of notes.
Review: “An Evening With Nathan Gunn”
Accompanying Mr. Gunn on piano was his wife, Julie Jordan Gunn, a vocal coach, song arranger and specialist in programming recitals of American music. Her bouncy, unpretentious arrangements supplied crucial pop buoyancy to her husband’s performances, which don’t stray far from the formality of classical lieder.