Aug. 17--SOUTH BEND -- Famed baritone Nathan Gunn, a South Bend native, next month will start a four-year artist-in-residence series at the University of Notre Dame.
Gunn, a Grammy Award-winner, will spend one week each semester for the next four years interacting with Notre Dame students and faculty and with residents in the community, the university announced Monday.
He also will perform at a 7 p.m.Sept. 10 concert at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, inviting the audience on stage with him for a small, interactive concert experience.
Gunn's residency is the first in a new initiative from the Notre Dame Department of Music to bring artists to campus to work with students and the community. He will teach vocal students, visit classes, coach students as they prepare for OperaND's annual performances and participate in public events with faculty.
At the Sept. 10 event, titled "The Art of Song and a Life in Music: A Conversation and Performance with Nathan Gunn and Pianist John Blacklow," Gunn will share reflections on his life in music and his repertoire, which ranges from art song to opera, to the American songbook, cabaret and works of contemporary composers.
"My life in music began in South Bend. I love the town and the University of Notre Dame. To be able to share what I've learned traveling the world as a musician is something I've always wanted to do, and I'm grateful for this opportunity," Gunn said in a written statement.
In addition to discussing his musical journey during the concert, Gunn will perform with pianist John Blacklow, an associate professor in Notre Dame's music department. There also will be time for dialogue with the audience. A reception with the artists will immediately follow the performance.
Tickets for the Sept. 10 performance are $10 and may be purchased by calling the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office at 574-631-2800 or visiting performingarts.nd.edu.
Gunn, 43, is an operatic baritone who performs around the world. He is a 1989 graduate of St. Joseph's High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urban, where he is a professor of voice. He has performed in many of the world's top opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
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