January 28, 2004
Contact: Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.- In the latest installment of the 2003-04 Music at Amherst Series, baritone Nathan Gunn will perform the song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert on Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College.
Recognized as one of America's most exciting young baritones, Gunn has appeared in many of the world's most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Glydenbourne Festival and Monnaie in Brussels.
Gunn has appeared in concert or in recital with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and many others.
Gunn's first recital disc, American Anthem is available on EMI and includes the works of exciting young American songwriters as well as traditional American folk songs. A frequent recitalist, Gunn was featured in John Wustman's seven-year series, The Songs of Franz Schubert, which concluded in 1997 on the 200th anniversary of Schubert's birth and included performances of Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise.
An alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Program, Gunn is also the winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the 1998 ARIA award, and a 1997 Tucker Foundation Career Grant. Of Gunn's performance of Die Schöne Müllerin, David Patrick Stearns at the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "Some of the greatest singers maintain the most options by acting as omniscient narrators. Gunn, instead, became the protagonist. Different characters speak during these songs, and though Gunn varied his vocal color somewhat, the voices were differentiated mostly through their emotional temperature. That gave the illusion that they are all heard through the protagonist's ears."
Admission to the concert is $21. Senior citizens and Amherst College employees can buy tickets for $18, and students for $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at www.amherst.edu/~concerts/.