Performing Arts Center unveils visiting artist season

Author: Kyle Fitzenreiter

Performing Arts Center

The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center has announced its Visiting Artist Series for the 2009-10 season, which begins Sept. 4 with a “welcome home” performance by opera star Nathan Gunn.

One of the nation’s most in-demand opera singers, South Bend native Gunn has won awards and critical praise for his performances in such works as “Billy Budd” and “Hamlet.”

Grammy-award winning and nominated singers and musicians are found throughout the season, including Rosanne Cash, Perla Batalla, the Tokyo String Quartet, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Dianne Reeves and a world premiere by Kronos Quartet and Wu Man.

The 2009-10 season offers an expanded series of commissions designed to have the audience defining, imagining and examining art.

L.A. Theatre Works and Tim Robbins’ The Actors Gang will return to Notre Dame with world and regional premiere theater commissioned by the performing arts center.

Commissions in music include the Irish Chamber Orchestra with Steven Mackey, featuring the North American premiere of original work for electric guitar, violin and string orchestra. Commissions in dance include Richard Alston Dance Company’s “Shuffle It Right.” World music is represented by artists Yamato, the Idan Raichel Project, Danú and Cristina Branco.

New for the 2009-10 season will be family programming focused on literature and designed for younger children, including an Enchantment Theatre Company production of the “Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon” and performances of Tomie dePaola’s “Strega Nona” by Eva Price, Maximum Entertainment Productions.

Ticket and subscription information, along with a complete schedule of visiting artists and performances, are available on the Web at or by visiting or calling the performing arts center ticket office at 574-631-2800.

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center presents world-renowned performances in the Leighton Concert Hall, Decio Mainstage Theatre, Reyes Organ and Choral Hall and Philbin Studio Theatre, art film screenings through the Browning Cinema, University department and faculty performances, and other programmatic events.

Contact: Kyle Fitzenreiter, marketing manager, performing arts center, 574-631-1873,