CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Christmas Party 2016!

It was great seeing many of you on this very cold Monday night. At least it was warm in the Center! I’m glad we didn’t have the dinner in the Usher Locker Room. It’s usually 30 below in there!

photo-6Let’s recap for those of you who couldn’t make it. To start off our night Ted introduced our new Cinema Program Director Ricky Herbst. Ricky’s first day was on Monday and what a better way to start a job than getting to meet all of you…plus free dinner! We look forward to many years with Ricky on our team.

Don then gave the blessing and we remembered those loved ones we lost this year including ushers Alice Osberger and Tom Walsh.

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After dinner we each reminisced by sharing Christmas memories and the best Christmas gift we received. The stories were great to hear. We all learned a little bit about each other and you definitely felt the Christmas spirit in the room.



Reynaldo shared with us his gift of song! He sang the official Reynaldo version of Winter Wonderland with his own custom lyrics. (See lyrics below!) Everyone was most entertained!


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We closed the night with a performance by the new campus group Tiramisu. The group is made up of graduate students in the Sacred Music Department. They formed this year and have already performed with Eileen Ivers and as part of the Messiah shows. They treated us to several festive songs and closed with a sing along of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. A wonderful way to end a wonderful evening.

For those who were unable to be with us, we will be mailing you a Christmas card which contains your Spring 2017 Presenting Series discount voucher.  Please let us know if you don’t receive one by the end of next week.

Thanks to all of you for giving us so much of your time this year!


As promised, here are Reynaldo’s song lyrics:



It’s Saturday morning and you slept late.

You’re feeling kinda creaky, but that’s just fate.

The furnace is running, the fuel bill is stunning the budget,

Doom, doom, doom.


You head for the kitchen, to the forecast you listen.

It’s starting to snow, but you’ve nowhere to go,

and you’ve got plenty of groceries on hand.


Gone away is the summer.  To get around you need a Hummer.

You wish it were spring, so the birdies could sing.

Oh, why do they call it Winter Wonderland?


The weatherman is saying seven inches,

With a little luck, only five.

He must be taking lessons from the grinches.

It’s already getting deeper in the drive.


Later on, you’ll perspire, as your back is getting tired.

A long way to go, and the going is slow,

Shoveling in a winter wonderland.


Snowblower died last Sunday.

It coughed and it shuddered to a stop.

You’ll have the cash to fix it someday.

For now you gotta shovel til you drop.


Working hard, and you’re sweating, near the end you are getting

But here comes a plow, gonna plow you in now.

Keep shoveling in your winter wonderland.


Original re-lyrics by Reynaldo Hernandez. Reprinted by permission.


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Grammy Nominees Among Us!

ng4_joshua_spencer_photo3-1-17-third-coast-percussion-e1464732761999We congratulate artists-in-residence, Nathan Gunn and Third Coast Percussion on their 2017 Grammy Nominations. Nathan was nominated for Best Opera Recording for Higdon- Cold Mountain. Third Coast Percussion were nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Steve Reich. We wish them luck, though they have their work cut out for them. Third Coast is up against Oyvind Gimse and Geir Inge Lotsberg for their landmark album TrondheimSolistene. (Yes I have no idea who these people are.)

Here is the official Notre Dame press release on Nathan Gunn:

The nominations have been revealed for the 2017 Grammy Awards and the Department of Music’s artist-in-residence Nathan Gunn has been nominated, in the category of Best Opera Recording, for the recording of Jennifer Higdon’s opera “Cold Mountain.” The opera itself is under consideration for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The lead role of Inman was written for Gunn, who sang in the world premiere performances of the opera in August of 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera.

Gunn began his multi-year residency at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2014. He spends one week each semester teaching Notre Dame vocal students, visiting classes, coaching students as they prepare for Opera ND’s annual performances, and participating in public colloquia with faculty.

In 2010, Gunn won his first Grammy in the category of Best Opera Recording for his signature performance in Britten’s “Billy Budd.”

TIP OF THE WEEK: Programs!


If you are the program usher for an event please bring in your program bin at the end of the evening. If there are any leftover programs please leave them on the cabinet next to the computer in the Usher Locker Room. Any flashlights in the bin please return to the flashlight shelf above the radios. Last weekend I found both programs and flashlights in the garbage!


For many shows we give the extra programs back to the client so please don’t throw any away as they may be needed. For any long runs (like FTT and Shakespeare) you can leave the bins in place in the venue and a House Manager or Student will replenish them at the end of the night.