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Sept. 1, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu

 

REVIEWS OF THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA,

CONDUCTED BY CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI

 In Walt Disney's "Fantasia"

 


WINSTON-SALEM – The reviews are in!

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri, founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has wowed them again.

Chancellor Mauceri returned to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in August to conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in three performances of Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

Shayna Rose Arnold, in Los Angeles Magazine, wrote: "Last week brought two phenomena back to the Hollywood Bowl: Walt Disney’s Fantasia and conductor John Mauceri. Fantasia is of course the animated feature set to classical music and produced by Walt Disney in the 1940s. Mauceri is the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The child of Disney fans who also happened to purchase season tickets to the Bowl in the ‘80s, I can’t say with certainty which I experienced first. It was a treat to see them together now.

"The evening started with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and a standing ovation to welcome Mauceri back to Los Angeles (he left his post as principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra after 16 years in 2007). 'Where have you been?' he deadpanned." For more of the review, see: http://www.lamag.com/culturefilesblog/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10282324.



John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Robert D. Thomas, music critic for the Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News, said: "One reason this program works so well is (Chancellor John) Mauceri, who received a standing ovation when he came onstage from many of the 13,580 in attendance. (He) remains the platinum standard in conductors who converse with the audience, delivering important information with erudite wit."  For more of the review, see: http://classact.typepad.com/robert_d_thomasclass_act/2011/08/overnight-review-walt-disneys-fantasia-at-hollywood-bowl.html.

If you would like to see and hear more of the concert, check out the many YouTube videos now online. Here's a link to one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB9MSwEf8tI.

 

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