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April 11, 2011/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337,
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UNCSA CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI FEATURED AS CONTRIBUTOR IN GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE
Magazine Also Touts Two of His Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Recordings
as Among “Ten Great Studio Re-Creations of Classic Movie Soundtracks”

WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri is featured as a contributing writer in the April issue of Gramophone magazine, which includes a 25-page special section on film music.
 
In addition, an accompanying online article by Gramophone reviewer Adrian Edwards lists two of Maestro Mauceri’s recordings among the “10 great studio re-creations” of classic movie soundtracks.

“It’s no surprise to us that Gramophone has honored John Mauceri again only a few months after selecting one of his recordings as one of the 250 greatest recordings of all time,” said UNCSA Board of Trustees Chair Charles C. Lucas III, referring to the maestro’s recording of Erich Korngold’s Between Two Worlds. “The fact that his body of work is so impressive, and that he is so revered in the arts, speaks to why we chose John as chancellor of our precious school.

“The fact that this magazine – the most read and respected classical music magazine in the world – would continue to honor him and seek out his wisdom, only serves to reinforce our decision,” Lucas concluded.

 


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John Mauceri
“As founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri is versed in both the classical and film-music worlds,” says the magazine in its introduction.
 
Mauceri’s article, which features his name as the headline and a photograph of the maestro, “explains how, as atonality bombarded the concert hall, traditional symphonists turned to film.”
 
In the one-page article, Mauceri observed: “A vast legacy of orchestral music was composed, performed, recorded and promulgated to hundreds of millions throughout the world – not in concert halls, but in movie palaces.”

The print edition of the magazine also features 10 of Adrian Edwards’ favorite original soundtrack recordings. That article links to an online article, in which Edwards names his 10 favorite studio re-creations of movie soundtracks. Those 10 include Maestro Mauceri’s Hollywood Dreams and Hollywood in Love, both recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
 
Hollywood Dreams “is the last word in authenticity,” Edwards writes. It includes The Main Title to Gone With the Wind, the concert suite from The Wizard of Oz,  Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, Fanfare for the Bowl Concert by Schoenberg, Newman’s fanfare for Twentieth-Century Fox, and Waxman’s Suite, A Place in the Sun.  Of Hollywood in Love, Edwards adds, “John Mauceri coaxes wonderful playing from his orchestra on this album, produced with love and affection. … The string players share their conductor’s innate sense of rubato, melting the heart in a tune like ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.’”
 
Gramophone bills itself as “the world’s authority on classical music since 1923.” For more information, visit: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/latest-issue/april-2011. (Subscription required.)

John Mauceri
is the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Music Director of Walt Disney’s Legacy Concert. His distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia.
 
Maestro Mauceri 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.  

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 over 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.

Recent performances include an October 2010 debut in Spain at the Bilbao Opera as musical director of Susannah, with composer Carlisle Floyd present; and a November 2010 debut in Denmark with The Danish National Orchestra, conducting “Emigrés and Protégés – The Hollywood Diaspora.” Upcoming performances include musical direction of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, an all-UNCSA production and restoration of the original 1943 Broadway production, in April 2011; and a return to the Hollywood Bowl in August 2011, to conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in selections from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s landmark marriage of classical music and animation.

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.
                                                           
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