CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Todd Rundgren Week!

todd_rundgren_300This week rock legend Todd Rundgren invades the campus and the Center! He’ll be here for a special reception on Sunday as well as a lecture on Friday and a big Leighton show on Saturday. In addition to that he’ll be teaching classes and even playing at the pep rally!

Here is the University’s press release on his residency:

Singer, songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren will serve as an artist-in-residence for the Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) at the University of Notre Dame from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1.

During his residency, Rundgren will teach several classes, work with students and teachers in the South Bend/Mishawaka community, perform with student bands in a concert Oct. 1 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, organize an on-campus collection of used musical instruments for national redistribution to music students in need and, in conjunction with his Spirit of Harmony Foundation, present an award to Notre Dame alumnus Bill Hurd.

Rundgren also will attend the Notre Dame-Duke football game Sept. 24 and be the subject of a “First Time Fans” documentary to be produced by Fighting Irish Media.

“Todd Rundgren’s body of work epitomizes to our students, specifically in Arts and Letters, what we want them to become: artistic game changers on a global level, compassionate toward others and faithful to their core values and beliefs,” said Ted Mandell, associate professional specialist in FTT. “To learn from one of the music industry’s great creative visionaries of the past 50 years is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students. They might not realize it now, but their parents sure do.”

Rundgren added: “I’ve never been to Notre Dame’s campus, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a chance to hang out with really smart young kids, and find out what they’re thinking, which has an influence on me, actually.”

The Spirit of Harmony Foundation’s Singring Award will be presented to Hurd for the pro bono surgical procedures he performs for people in need worldwide.

A practicing ophthalmologist, Hurd earned an electrical engineering degree from Notre Dame, a master’s degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical degree from Meaharry Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. He was an All-America track and field athlete at Notre Dame and is an accomplished jazz musician who has been invited to perform on his saxophone with Rundgren.

Best known for his 1972 hit “Hello It’s Me” and the popular arena anthem “Bang The Drum All Day,” Rundgren also produced and/or engineered many notable albums, including Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” and Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell.”

Rundgren is the founder and president of the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, which supports the moral imperative of music education, weaving together the social, biological, economic and academic benefits to young people who are involved in consistent instrument-based music lessons and performance.


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Our Oct 22nd MET Opera will have a familiar face!






From the desk of The Metropolitan Opera:

September 15, 2016

Casting Update News

Paul Appleby will sing the role of Don Ottavio in this season’s September and October performances of Mozart’sDon Giovanni, replacing Rolando Villazón, who has withdrawn due to illness. In addition to the October 15matinee, which Appleby was already scheduled to sing, the American tenor will now perform the role on September 27, October 1 matinee, 5, 8, 11, 19, and 22 matinee.

Paul Appleby is a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He made his Met debut in 2011 as Brighella in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. His other roles with the company have included Demetrius in the world premiere of the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, Hylas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Brian in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and, last season, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.  

The September and October performances of Don Giovanni are conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi and will also star Simon Keenlyside in the title role, Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. The October 22 matinee will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.


So this means our October 22nd screening of Don Giovanni will feature South Bend’s own Paul Appleby. We’ll expect a big crowd to see our hometown boy!

TIP OF THE WEEK: MET Opera Pronunciations




The Ticket Office had this handy, so I thought I’d share. We all love the MET Operas but what are we watching really? This should help for our current season:

Tristan und Isolde –                TRIS-tan und ee-ZOL-da

Don Giovanni –                      Don geo-VAH-nee

L’Amour de Loin –                 l’a-more de Loo-ah

The Magic Flute –                  The Magic Flute (even I got that one!)

Nabucco –                               nah-BOO-co

Romeo et Juliette –                 Romeo et Juliet (I got that one too!)

Rusalka –                                roo-SAHL-kah

La Traviata –                           la TRA-vee-ah-ta

Idomeneo –                             ee-DOM-men-AY-oh

Eugene Onegin –                    you-GENE o-NAY-gin (hard g like in “go”)

Der Rosenkavalier –               Der ROSEN-KAV-a-leer

TIP OF THE WEEK: Game Day Mass Procedures

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Here are some common questions regarding the game day masses:

 What time will mass begin?

For post-game masses, the start time is 30 minutes following the last second of the game.

For pre-game masses, a time will be determined by Campus Ministry. The Michigan State Pre- Game mass on September 17th will be at 4:30 pm (shift start at 3:00).

Where can ushers park?

For post-game masses, ushers should arrive on campus during halftime of the football game, and for this reason require NO PASSES whatsoever for entry.  At this time, parking attendants will not be stopping vehicles entering campus.  From there, find any open space in the Stayer lot northeast of the center and the lot directly east of our building. If these lots are full please use the bookstore lots. If a parking attendant would happen to stop you simply inform them of your role as a volunteer usher for the mass at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

For pre-game masses, parking includes a Parking Services approved BK1 LOT PASS that will be distributed to you by a house manager prior to game day. Enter campus through the Dorr Rd Gate (off 933 where WNDU is, across the street from Holy Cross campus). The parking attendant should open the gate if you have your pass displayed. At the end of Dorr Rd. turn right and take Holy Cross Drive and then on the left, inside the Bookstore lot is the BK1 Lot. After the Mass is over please exit campus the way you came in.

How do ushers gain entry into the Performing Arts Center?

Because the building is locked to prevent crowds of people using our facility unattended, the north and south vestibules of the building will be checked at 5:005:30, and 6:00.  For pre-game masses we will check the doors at 2:303:00 and 3:30.  If it’s raining outside please know you CAN always access the vestibule of the center; it’s the INNER doors which remain locked.

What do ushers wear?

Ushers would wear their uniform as usual.

When ushers arrive early, where should they go?

The Notre Dame game is typically being played on the big screen inside the Browning Cinema, and ushers are invited to watch until the briefing begins. After the briefing ushers can watch the end of the game as well and be ready to open house immediately following.

What is my role during mass?

Ushers will perform their usual roles of greeting and seating patrons.  The seats aren’t assigned, just like at a regular mass, so please ask patrons to fill in as we anticipate full houses for all the masses.

Then during the mass, ushers will continue to help patrons find seats and assist with the offertory baskets. Each usher will be assigned a location and specific rows to pass along the baskets. You will be given these assignments during the briefing. Following the collection, each usher with a basket will bring it back to the usher locker room and place the monies in a container that will be collected by NDSP immediately following offertory.

Finally, our ushers will help the Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion (aka Eucharistic Minister) find their distribution location, and guide patrons out of rows for Eucharist distribution. Distribution maps will be passed out during the briefing covering the number of rows you are serving and which rows we will have reserved to use as pass-through rows.

Do ushers need to be Catholic?

No, all are welcome and encouraged. If you are not familiar with the Catholic Mass we will go over the order of events in the briefing. We ask all ushers who are familiar with the mass to please lend a hand as well.

Any ushers who are Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion can perform these duties during the mass. There is a separate shift for EUCHARISTIC MINISTER that you can sign up for.

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 9/14 ND Forum Ticketing Info

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Just wanted to inform everyone of what the ticketing situation will be for this week’s ND Forum event on Wednesday.

RSVP LIVE EVENT TICKETS: The RSVP capacity has been reached. RSVP patrons’ seats will be assigned the day of the event. Their tickets can only be picked up from 6:00pm-6:45pm on the day of the event. All unclaimed RSVPs will be forfeited at 6:45pm.

OVERFLOW TICKETS: The Overflow venue will be available so all Overflow ushers, you’ll definitely be on for the event.  The live event will be streamed in the Decio. Tickets for the OVERFLOW will be available beginning at 6:00pm the night of the event.

STANDBY FOR LIVE EVENT: At 6:45pm, all unclaimed tickets for the LIVE event will be used to seat any patrons waiting in standby.

We look forward to hosting this exciting event!





On Wednesday September 14th we have quite the event happening in our building! This year’s ND Forum will tackle the presidential election and feature an all-star panel! Here is some info:

Tension City: The Televised Presidential Debates

The conversation includes the Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates Janet Brown, past debate moderators Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, as well as Dorothy Ridings, former president of the League of Women Voters and, like Lehrer, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., also a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, will serve as convener.

Sounds like a great event!