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Aug. 13, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



Eli Williams Also Will Perform “The Impossible Dream” at UNCSA Convocation


WINSTON-SALEM – Elijah “Eli” Williams, a University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Drama student, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the finals of the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex at Wake Forest University on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Williams, 20, a college junior, will sing the national anthem prior to the singles and doubles final, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 25, and will be broadcast on CBS.

The Winston-Salem Open is an Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour 250 event. The tournament will take place from Aug. 19-25, and will be the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series, which occurs prior to the U.S. Open.  2012 marks the second year of the Winston-Salem Open. It will feature a number of tennis stars, including Andy Roddick, John Isner, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. For more information on the Winston-Salem Open, please visit www.winstonsalemopen.com.

A native of Oxford, Miss., Eli Williams is a rising member of Studio III, the junior class of the UNCSA School of Drama, working toward a B.F.A. in Acting. Last year, Williams appeared in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In 2009, Williams appeared as Don Quixote in the musical Man of La Mancha at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On Jan. 30, 2012, Williams performed “The Impossible Dream,” a popular song from Man of La Mancha, at the funeral of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, beloved founder, friend, patron and benefactor of UNCSA, held in Duke University Chapel. The performance is available on Duke Chapel’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUqR-h6HeCA&t=105m2s

Williams will reprise his performance of “The Impossible Dream” at the 2012-13 UNCSA Convocation, hosted by Chancellor John Mauceri, at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Crawford Hall on the campus. The event is for students, faculty and staff.

 “It’s the perfect song to kick off the year,” Williams said. “I really, really appreciate the chance to sing at both occasions,” he added.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. World-renowned conductor and educator John Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA in 2006. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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