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2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI TO CONDUCT
WINSTON-SALEM – Chancellor John Mauceri
of the University of North Carolina
School of the Arts (UNCSA) will conduct
the National Symphony Orchestra at the
John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts during a private concert
to commemorate, in words and music, the
10th anniversary of the tragedies that
took place on Sept. 11, 2001. The
concert is co-presented with The New
A world-renowned conductor, Maestro
Mauceri will lead the National Symphony
Orchestra as it performs the National
Anthem, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for
Strings,” Stephen C. Foster’s “Hard
Times Come Again No More,” “A City
Called Heaven,” and more.
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.
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. He recently published articles for Cambridge University Press and Gramophone magazine.
Mauceri has taken the lead in the
preservation and performance of many
genres of music and has
supervised/conducted important premieres
by composers as diverse as Debussy,
Stockhausen, Korngold, Hindemith,
Bernstein, Ives, Elfman, and Shore. He
is a leading performer of music banned
by the Third Reich and especially music
of Hollywood’s émigré composers, and can
be seen and heard on many recent DVD
releases of classic films.
One of the world's preeminent experts on film music, Chancellor Mauceri appeared on June 29 at an event celebrating the life of film composer Bernard Herrmann, at WQXR in New York City, which can be heard online at WNYC’s The Greene Space. In addition, a studio recording of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 hit Broadway musical, Strike Up the Band, conducted by John Mauceri, has just been released (June 21) by PS Classics. Maestro Mauceri recently made his debut at the Aspen Music Festival conducting his edition of Dmitri Shostakovich’s score to Hamlet, adapted from the 1964 Soviet film score for six actors and symphony orchestra.
In August 2011, Chancellor Mauceri returned to the Hollywood Bowl, where he led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Walt Disney’s Fantasia. He returns to Los Angeles in October to conduct a benefit performance for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The annual event, “A Fine Romance,” features a breathtaking array of singers from film and stage musicals performing the songs that have tied New York and Hollywood together for decades. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman will host.
And in January 2012, Maestro Mauceri travels to Denmark for a live, televised performance with the Royal Danish National Orchestra, honoring Queen Margrethe on her 40th anniversary as monarch.
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. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.