Oct. 14, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI TO CONDUCT IN SPAIN, DENMARK
WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri will conduct at two prestigious, international musical organizations this fall.
Upcoming events include an October debut in Spain at the Bilbao Opera, as musical director of Susannah, which opens Saturday; and a November debut in Denmark with The Danish National Orchestra, conducting “Emigrés and Protégés – The Hollywood Diaspora.”
Maestro Mauceri will make his debut in Spain when he conducts Susannah, a production by Robert Falls from Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera, Oct. 16, 19, 22 and 25. The composer, Carlisle Floyd, who is 84 years old, has journeyed to Spain for the Spanish premiere of his award-winning 1956 opera, which takes place in a valley in Tennessee. The opera will feature Latonia Moore as Susannah Polk, Stuart Skelton as Sam Polk, and James Morris as Olin Blitch. A recent graduate of UNCSA, Ricardo Ruiz, is playing in the violin section of the opera orchestra. For production photos and ticket information, see the Bilbao Opera’s website at www.abao.org.
"I am especially proud to bring a great American opera to Bilbao," Chancellor Mauceri said. "Bilbao has transformed itself into a major tourist destination and a glorious place in which to live because of its commitment to the arts. That transformation, beginning with Frank Gehry's magnificent Guggenheim Museum, demonstrates in the most profound way that a city committed to the arts is a city that will thrive."
Maestro Mauceri will make his debut in Denmark when he conducts The Danish National Orchestra in “Emigrés and Protégés – The Hollywood Diaspora,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and at 4 p.m. Nov. 20. The program, originally performed by the North Carolina Symphony under Mauceri’s baton in October 2009, will include such works as Schönberg’s Fanfare for a Bowl Concert; Korngold’s Fanfare from KINGS ROW; Herrmann’s PSYCHO – A Narrative for Orchestra; Strauss’ Mondlicht [Moonlight] from the opera Capriccio; Korngold’s The Adventures of Robin Hood – A Symphonic Portrait; and Williams’ Excerpts from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Both of the Korngold works and the Herrmann piece were edited for concert performance from the original archival materials by John Mauceri. For more information, visit the Danish National Orchestra’s website at http://www.dr.dk/Koncerthuset/Kalender/2010/november/en-aften-i-hollywood-d18.htm.
Back at home, Chancellor Mauceri is the musical director of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, an all-UNCSA production and restoration of the original 1943 Broadway production. Work is already well under way on Oklahoma!, which will be presented April 28-30 and May 1 & 4-8, 2011, at the School of the Arts’ Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1, with a special Box Office Kickoff Fall Festival on Oct. 30.
John Mauceri is beginning his fifth year as chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as music director of four opera companies: Washington (National), Scottish (Glasgow), the Teatro Regio (Turin, Italy), and Pittsburgh. He is the first American to have held the post of music director of an opera house in either Great Britain or Italy. He was the first music director of the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall after its founding director, Leopold Stokowski, with whom he studied. He was Consultant for Music Theater at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for more than a decade, and, for 15 years, he served on the faculty of Yale University. For 18 years, Mauceri worked closely with Leonard Bernstein and conducted many of the composer’s premieres at Bernstein’s request.
On Broadway, he was co-producer of On Your Toes, and served as musical supervisor for Hal Prince’s production of Candide as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. He also conducted the orchestra for the film version of Evita. Among his many awards and honors are a Tony, Grammy, Billboard, Olivier, and two Emmys. His recording of Erich Korngold’s Between Two Worlds was recently selected by Gramophone magazine as one of the 250 Greatest Recordings of All Time.
Chancellor Mauceri holds the lifetime title of Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him in 1991 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with whom he led over 300 concerts to a total audience of more than 4 million people. He has written for and appeared on radio and television and has delivered keynote speeches and papers for major artistic and educational institutions, such as Harvard University, the American Academy in Berlin, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Musicological Society, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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.