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Season Kick-Off: Nathan Gunn and Julie Jordan Gunn on Tuesday, September 30 at Ordway

By Schubert Club

The Schubert Club opens its 132nd season with husband and wife duo, Nathan Gunn and Julie Jordan Gunn on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN. This is Mr. Gunn’s International Artist Series debut. He last performed with The Schubert Club in the 2004 Summer Song Festival.  His program will feature works by Schumann, Barber, Schubert, Wolf, and Ives.



Dichterliebe, Op. 48


SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)

Church Bell at Night

Heavenly Banquet

The Monk and his cat

Desire for Hermitage

I hear an Army


FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

Die Taubenpost

Im Walde

Auf der Brücke


HUGO WOLF (1860-1903)

Der Musikant

Auf dem grünen Balkon

Verschiwegene Liebe


Der Rattenfänger


CHARLES IVES (1874-1954)

General William Booth enters into Heaven

Things our Fathers Loved

Two little flowers (And dedicated to them)

Down East

Tom Sails Away

Circus Band


About Nathan Gunn:

Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day.  He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. His many roles include the title roles in Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Hamlet; Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucetia, and The Lodger in The Aspern Papers.

A distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchster, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Also, a frequent recitalist, Mr. Gunn has been presented in recital at Alice Tully Hall and by Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall. He has also been presented by Roy Thomson Hall, Cal Performances, The Schubert Club, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC, the University of Chicago, the Krannert Center, the Wigmore Hall, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.  As a student, he performed in series of recitals with his teacher and mentor John Wustman that celebrated the 200th anniversary of Franz Schubert’s birth.

Mr. Gunn’s solo album, Just Before Sunrise, was released on Sony/BMG Masterworks. Other recordings include the title role in Billy Budd with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra (Virgin Classics), which won the 2010 Grammy Award;  the first complete recording of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Allegro (Sony’s Masterworks Broadway), Peter Grimes with Sir Colin Davis and London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!) which was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (SONY Classics), Kullervo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Telarc), and American Anthem (EMI).  He also starred as Buzz Aldrin in Man on the Moon, an opera written specifically for television and broadcast on the BBC in the UK. The program was awarded the Golden Rose Award for Opera at the Montreux Festival in Lucerne.

This season, Mr. Gunn returns to the Theater an der Wien in the world premiere of Iain Bell’sThe Harlot’s Progress, the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Dallas Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the San Francisco Opera for Show Boat.  He also tours Australia with Mandy Patinkin.

Mr. Gunn was the recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, and was awarded the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and was the winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.  Mr. Gunn is also an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he is currently a professor of voice and was recently names General Director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.


About Julie Jordan Gunn:

Julie Jordan Gunn is a pianist, music director, vocal coach, and song arranger. She has appeared on many prestigious recital series over the last several years, including the Carnegie Hall Pure Voice Series, Lincoln Center Great Performers, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Brussels’ Theatre de la Monnaie, San Francisco’s Herz Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, University of Chicago Presents, San Francisco Performances, Oberlin College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival, Manhattan’s legendary Café Carlyle, and the United States Supreme Court.  She has been heard in recital with William Burden, Elizabeth Futral, Richard Croft, Mandy Patinkin, Yvonne Gonzales Redman, Michelle De Young, the Pacifica Quartet, and Nathan Gunn. This season she looks forward to concerts with Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn in Australia, with Isabel Leonard and Stefan Milenkovich at home at the Krannert Center, and recitals in Charleston, Detroit, and Indiana.

In her faculty appointment at the University of Illinois, she works with singers, pianists, chamber musicians and songwriters. She has served on the music staff at the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program, Wolf Trap Opera, St. Louis Opera Theatre, Southern Methodist University, Opera North, Theaterworks, Chicago Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera and Illinois Opera Theater, and given master classes at universities and young artists’ programs all over the United States, including the Ryan Young Artists’ Program, Houston Grand Opera Studio, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Santa Fe Opera, the Aspen Festival, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.  She looks forward to a tenure as artist-in-residence at the Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2013.

Dr. Gunn serves as the Assistant Director for Development and Public Engagement at the School of Music. She works as an advocate for state and local arts organizations in the development of projects ranging from constructing arts buildings to mentoring inner-city high-schoolers interested in the arts. She is the founder and director of the Illinois School of Music Academy, a program for talented pre-college chamber musicians and composers.

On a national level, she solicits and programs the work of emerging and established American songwriters on recitals, and is proud to have been the music director of her husband Nathan Gunn’s solo disc, Just before Sunrise, released by Sony/BMG records, which included arrangements of songs by Gene Scheer, Ben Moore, Joe Thalken, Billy Joel, Sting, and Charles Ives. Her arrangements of traditional American songs and standards have been heard at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Nathan Gunn and Julie Jordan Gunn live in Champaign, IL with their five children.



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