• Thursday, Jan 17, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Presents Nathan and Julie Gunn in Concert with the Pacifica Quartet, February 19

    Image of Nathan Gunn © M. Sharkey Photography
    On Tuesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m., baritone Nathan Gunn performs a concert of English and American songs in Zankel Hall. Mr. Gunn is joined by his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, and the Pacifica Quartet for the performance, which features Jennifer Higdon’s “Dooryard Bloom” in the world premiere of a a new chamber version, as well as songs by Ben Moore and Roger Quilter arranged for baritone, piano, and string quartet by Ms. Gunn. Additional program highlights include Samuel Barber’s bleakly beautiful work for baritone and string quartet, Dover Beach; Paul Bowles’s popular settings of four Tennessee Williams poems, the Blue Mountain Ballads; and songs by George Butterworth and Charles Ives.

    About the Artists
    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 performances include the title roles in Britten’s Billy Budd, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Thomas’s Hamlet as well as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, the Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Belcore in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'Amore, and Ottone in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea.

    A noted supporter of new works, Mr. Gunn most recently created the role of Paul in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia at the Seattle Opera. He also created the roles of Alec Harvey in André Previn's Brief Encounter at the Houston Grand Opera, Father Delura in Peter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera. In the summer of 2013 he returns to the San Francisco Opera for the premiere of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and in the summer of 2015 he will return to the Santa Fe Opera for the premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain.

    Pianist, arranger, and vocal coach Julie Gunn designs and performs song recitals, and has appeared on many prestigious series over the last several years at Lincoln Center, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Brussels’ Theatre de la Monnaie, the 92nd Street Y, University of Chicago Presents, and San Francisco Performances. In 2008, she had the privilege of playing a private recital for members of the United States Supreme Court. Dr. Gunn is a leader in the promotion of American arts. She works diligently as an advocate for local arts organizations in her home community in the development of projects ranging from constructing arts buildings to establishing patron groups. 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, recently released by Sony/BMG records, which includes arrangements of songs by Gene Scheer, Ben Moore, Joe Thalken, Billy Joel, Sting, and Charles Ives. Her arrangements of traditional American songs have been programmed by orchestras throughout the country. She seeks to encourage young composers by strengthening their relationships with singers and pianists and by providing them with more established composers as mentors.

    Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature over the past two decades as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica Quartet tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet in residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012)—a position previously held by the Guarneri String Quartet—and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Prior to their appointment to the Jacobs School, the quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    NATHAN GUNN
    , Baritone
    JULIE GUNN, Piano
    PACIFICA QUARTET
    •• Simin Ganatra, Violin
    •• Sibbi Bernhardsson, Violin
    •• Masumi Per Rostad, Viola
    •• Brandon Vamos, Cello

    BEN MOORE "When You Are Old" (arr. Gunn)
    BEN MOORE "Lake Isle of Innisfree" (arr. Gunn)
    ROGER QUILTER "In the Highlands," Op. 26 (arr. Gunn)
    ROGER QUILTER "Over the Land is April" (arr. Gunn)
    GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
    SAMUEL BARBER Dover Beach, Op. 3
    CHARLES IVES "Down East"
    CHARLES IVES "Tom Sails Away"
    CHARLES IVES "An Old Flame"
    CHARLES IVES "General William Booth Enters into Heaven"
    CHARLES IVES "The Things Our Fathers Loved"
    CHARLES IVES "The Circus Band"
    PAUL BOWLES Blue Mountain Ballads
    JENNIFER HIGDON "Dooryard Bloom" (World Premiere of chamber version)

    This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Single tickets, priced at $44 and $52, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. 
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