Jan. 22, 2010 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RANSOM WILSON TO CONDUCT CONCERT BY “nu,” UNCSA STUDENT CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE
WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music will present a concert by “nu” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.
“nu” is the student contemporary ensemble, formerly known as SACE (School of the Arts Contemporary Ensemble). “nu” is dedicated to works of new music as well as premieres of UNCSA student compositions.
UNCSA alumnus and faculty-artist Ransom Wilson will conduct the Feb. 5 concert in a program including Philippe Hersant’s Huit pieces, featuring faculty-artist Saxton Rose, bassoon.
The program will also include the premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Genealogie, with soloists Elizabeth Rose, Janine Hawley, Glenn Siebert and Steven LaCosse. The premiere is in honor of faculty-artist Dillon’s 50th birthday. Siebert and LaCosse are faculty-artists; Hawley is adjunct faculty; and Rose, wife of Saxton Rose, is a guest artist.
Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 or order online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21800&schedule=list.
Ransom Wilson, internationally acclaimed flutist and orchestral conductor of growing reputation, is the director of the Symphony Orchestra and artist teacher of conducting in the School of Music at UNCSA. He is the founder and conductor of Solisti New York Orchestra, as well as the former artistic director of Oklahoma's OK MOZART International Festival. He has been guest conductor of many prestigious ensembles, including the Houston Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared with major orchestras around the world, and has played in recital with many of the greatest musicians of our time. He has also recorded 30 albums as both flutist and conductor, and was three times nominated for the Grammy Award.
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 the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle 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. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.###