May 10, 2010/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WILSON TO LEAD UNCSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ON MAY 21
WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music faculty member Ransom Wilson will conduct the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic program that will include works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and a premiere by Randall Woolf at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.
Wilson, an 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 and beatbox flutist Greg Pattillo commissioned Woolf to compose a concerto for beatbox flute and orchestra. That work, called Native Tongues, blends HipHop rhythms, jazz and classical traditions. Pattillo, as soloist, will perform his magic (seen by millions on YouTube) on beatbox flute while the string orchestra echoes the sounds of turntables and rap vocals.
The work is one of four LINKS Commissioning Awards in Music given by The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts this year to connect professional faculty members from UNCSA with other professional artists across the country, and to enhance the reputation of the school as a vibrant center for artistic creativity.
Other works on the May 21 program include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, featuring Concerto Competition winner Yi Chen; Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; and Tchaikovsky’s Overture to Romeo & Juliet, conducted by graduate conducting student Konstantin Dobroykov.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or order tickets online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.
Ransom Wilson 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.
Recognized throughout the world for his redefinition of flute sound, Greg Pattillo was lauded by The New York Times as "the best person in the world at what he does." His groundbreaking performance videos on Youtube, showcasing "beatbox flute," have been viewed more than 20 million times. As an internationally acclaimed performer, educator and clinician, Pattillo can be found both on the concert stage and on the streets, subways and parks, sharing his sound. After earning his master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pattillo found work as the acting principal flute of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and became a founding member of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency and the 16th and Mission Thursday night gathering for performers in San Francisco. He currently champions his style of music with PROJECT Trio, an ensemble of genre-bending performers emerging from classical music roots.
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts (www.kenanarts.org) is a privately funded program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts that incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts.
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 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.