Dec. 6, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA’s NUTCRACKER TO BE BROADCAST ON UNC-TV
Performance to Air on December 22 and 25th
WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and UNC-TV announced today that UNCSA’s production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast on UNC-TV on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“The Nutcracker broadcasts will hopefully be the beginning of a renewed and vibrant relationship between UNC-TV and UNCSA, with the potential of a whole new series of broadcasts from our school,” Chancellor John Mauceri said, noting that negotiations are under way for the broadcast of the all-UNCSA production of Oklahoma! next spring. “Partnering with UNC-TV is logical, as it is the television network of the university system and we are the arts conservatory of the system, producing over 300 public events each year. Not only does this potentially provide new product for UNC-TV from within the public university family, it also gives UNCSA a tremendous opportunity to share the talents and achievements of our school with all the people of North Carolina, without whose generosity we would not exist.
“Like the football and basketball games on TV that increase the visibility of other colleges and universities, televising our performances will have an enormous impact on recruiting the best and brightest young artists, as well as patrons of the arts throughout the state,” Mauceri added.
The broadcasts of the performances, staged by UNCSA’s dean of Dance, Ethan Stiefel, and conducted by internationally acclaimed ballet conductor, Charles Barker, will be hosted by Chancellor Mauceri, who is a two-time Emmy winner. Mauceri won his Emmys as an on-camera host with a Hollywood Bowl Orchestra broadcast in 1998 and as a writer for a subsequent Hollywood Bowl Orchestra broadcast in 1994.
Tom Howe, director and general manager of UNC-TV, said: “UNCSA is a truly unique institution that is one of North Carolina’s treasures. We are thrilled to be able to broadcast one of their remarkable productions to our statewide UNC-TV audiences.
“The School of the Arts’ production of The Nutcracker has been enchanting audiences in Winston-Salem for 45 years. It is wonderful to be able to spread the magic to those outside of the Triad.”
UNC-TV’s production crew will be at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem to tape The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 9.
Last year, UNCSA introduced a new production of The Nutcracker, which received rave reviews from critics and the public alike and was full of magical surprises including enchanting new staging by Stiefel, dean of the UNCSA School of Dance, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and star of the CENTER STAGE movies.
In addition, new choreography by Stiefel and three other members of the UNCSA School of Dance faculty – Nigel Burley, Warren Conover and Susan McCullough – delighted young and old. New lighting by ABT Resident Lighting Designer Brad Fields, a UNCSA School of Design and Production alumnus, and new set pieces designed by UNCSA Design and Production faculty member Howard Jones all added to the magic of the production.
This year, the immensely popular Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet music will be performed by the UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra under the musical direction of special Guest Conductor Charles Barker, who is the principal conductor for American Ballet Theatre.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of UNCSA’s Nutcracker, which is produced each year through the joint efforts of the School of Dance, School of Design and Production, and School of Music. Students are involved in all aspects of the production, from the dancers on stage to the musicians in the orchestra pit, to the production crew behind the scenes.
UNC-TV is North Carolina’s member-supported, 12-station statewide network committed to bringing life-changing television to all North Carolinians.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.