Popular opera star Nathan Gunn has developed a reputation as being one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. Here he teams with his illustrious wife Julie Gunn, the famed pianist and Director of Lyric Theatre Studies at the University of Illinois, for an emotionally charged and artistically impressive operatic performance.
Nathan Gunn has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. His many roles include the title roles in Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Hamlet. Other portrayals include 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 Lucretia, Danilo in The Merry Widow, and The Lodger in The Aspern Papers.
Dr. Julie Gunn is a pianist, educator, and music director. She has appeared on many prestigious recital series, 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, the Sydney Opera House, and the United States Supreme Court. She has been heard in recital with William Burden, Richard Croft, Elizabeth Futral, Isabel Leonard, Stefan Milenkovich, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Patinkin, Yvonne Gonzales Redman, Michelle De Young, the Pacifica Quartet, and Nathan Gunn.
August 2, 2017 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):$33 Adult, $11 Youth
Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won over 37 Detroit Music Awards. in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes.
You get all of Jill Jack in a performance — her blend of folk and rock traditions, her open humor, her fine band. Jill harbors little of her process from her audience — each performance is about opening a window and shining a light into her songwriting, leading inevitably to the intense relationship with her fans. Her career is founded on folk’s best idea — that there’s a shared knowing between artist and audience, a conversation that flows both ways during a show. Plus she’s a strong woman who’s won over the toughest town in a man’s world — she’s a bandleader, the principal songwriter in a large group bearing her own name, an employer and automatic arbiter of musician’s issues.
The concert begins at 7pm. Transportation via chair lift or six-passenger golf cart begins at 6pm. Cash bar and snacks are available for purchase. Coolers are not permitted.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Mountain Flowers Lodge.
Join the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in their final performance of the season in the traditional “Les Préludes.” Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Jung-Ho Pak, will begin the performance leading WYSO through Wagner’s “Prelude to Die Meistersinger,” Hanson’s Symphony No. 1, movement 3 and Dun’s “Internet Symphony” before leading the combined ensemble of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Philharmonic and World Youth Wind Symphony in Liszt’s “Les Préludes.” Dancers from the Interlochen Arts Camp Dance Company join in for what will surely be a moving final performance.
Jung-Ho Pak is also currently Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has been conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2003. Formerly Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, he helped guide the orchestra’s emergence from bankruptcy to financial success. Mr. Pak has been Music Director with the University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Colburn School of Music, University of California, Berkeley, Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. He has conducted in Europe, Soviet Union, South America and Asia. Mr. Pak is a frequent speaker on television and radio about the relevance of art in society and the importance of music education, and clinician and guest conductor at national music festivals.
As the first all-female rap crew, Grammy Award-winning superstars Salt-N-Pepa have carved out a reputation as one of the most popular rap duos of the 1990s. They bring their sass, style and dance-worthy hits to Kresge Auditorium in a throwback show that also features rapper Tone Lōc, best known for his hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.”
The pop-rap divas Salt-N-Pepa, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) and originally Latoya Hanson, who was replaced by Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”), formed in 1985 as one of the first all-female rap groups, winning the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “None of Your Business.”
The group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop. They were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music’s widespread acceptance in the early ’90s. Salt-N-Pepa were more pop-oriented than many of their contemporaries, since their songs were primarily party and love anthems, driven by big beats and interlaced with vaguely pro-feminist lyrics that seemed more powerful when delivered by the charismatic and sexy trio. With songs like “Push It” and “Shake Your Thang,” Salt-N-Pepa defied expectations and became one of the few hip-hop artists to develop a long-term career. The trio had major hits in both the ’80s and ’90s, with “Shoop” and “Whatta Man” driving their third album, “Very Necessary,” into the Top Ten.
Nominated for three Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, rapper Tone Lōc is arguably best known for his deep voice and his million-selling hit songs “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.”
An occasional actor, he has performed in several feature films, including The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Posse. Tone Lōc is also a voice actor, having voiced characters in TV cartoon series such as King of the Hill and C-Bear and Jamal, and he voiced the character The Goanna in the 1992 movie FernGully: The Last Rainforest.
The Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival will return to the front lawn at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons for the tenth year on August 11 and 12, 2017. This summer’s festival will bring a bevy of hundreds of the best brews in Michigan as well as brews from beyond our high five border. Enjoy three stages of music, marching bands, great food and craft beer, a new 1,500 capacity Silent Disco Presents tent, and many fun surprises!
The festival will pay tribute to Michigan’s eclectic craft brewery scene while featuring flavors from select breweries throughout the U.S and Canada. With over 300 beers, ciders, meads, and wines, the weekend will be overflowing with flavorful beverages, delicious food, over 100 musicians, and thousands of craft brew and music lovers. Patrons will be able to explore every corner of the craft brew culture via a Rare Brew Tour, Homebrewer’s Challenge, and more!
A limited number of this year’s Early Bird tickets have sold out. General Admission tickets include 5 tasting tokens and a commemorative tasting glass, access to a full lineup of national music and talent, merchandise, Rare Brew Tour, and the Homebrewer’s Challenge. General Admission tickets go on sale, Tuesday, May 9 at 11am. Friday GA tickets are $45, Saturday GA tickets are $50, and GA weekend passes are $90.
The Microbrew & Music Festival has hosted 17 festivals, raising over $150,000 for our collaborative nonprofits and invested over $1M into Michigan brews, artists, businesses, and contractors and is proud to raise a glass to the great work in the mitten state.
The Front Lawn at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
1200 11th Street
Traverse City, MI
Hit-maker, song-writer and musical sensation Gavin DeGraw comes to Kresge Auditorium with a playlist of his chart-topping hits that highlight his trademark contemporary sound and soulful lyrics. DeGraw brings a sly wisdom to his infectious songs like “I Don’t Want To Be,” “She Sets the City on Fire” and others, setting him apart from others in the genre. For fans of current music, thoughtfully intelligent lyrics and hard-rocking songs, this is a performance not to be missed.
Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. His third studio album, Sweeter, was released in September 2011 and produced the smash single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. The track reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. In 2013 DeGraw released his fourth studio album, Make A Move, which included the hit song “Best I Ever Had,” and garnered rave reviews from such publications as Billboard, People and Entertainment Weekly amongst many others.