June 19, 2012/For Immediate Release
UNCSA CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI TO CONDUCT
WINSTON-SALEM – A world-renowned conductor as well as educator, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri will be conducting a significant number of events in upcoming months: in Germany, Brazil, Denmark and Spain.
This Saturday, June 23, Maestro Mauceri will conduct Sigmund Romberg’s beloved German-American operetta The Student Prince with the WDR Orchestra at the Kölner Philharmonie (Philharmonic Hall) in Cologne, Germany. The concert performance also will be broadcast throughout Europe.
In 1924, when it opened on Broadway, The Student Prince became the most popular show on Broadway for the entire decade, even outrunning Show Boat (1927) and the many shows by George Gershwin.
The engagement comes on the heels of Chancellor Mauceri appearing in the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-john-mauceri-20120616,0,4933440.story and winning an award from the Association of Yale Alumni http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/releases2012/June2012/mauceriyaleaward.htm.
“When the Board selected John, we made it absolutely clear that we want him to carry the name of the School of the Arts to all corners of the globe,” said Charles C. Lucas III, chair of the UNCSA Board of Trustees. “He has done this through performances, broadcasts, writing and public speaking.
Photo by Donald Dietz
“We are absolutely delighted to see this program for the next year, as he continues his remarkable leadership of UNCSA,” Lucas added.
On Sept. 25, Maestro Mauceri will conduct the Brazilian
Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro in “Hollywood: The
Refugees and the Legacy.” This concert represents
refugees of Austria (Korngold), Poland (Kaper), Russia (Tiomkin),
Hungary (Rozsa) and Germany (Waxman), who came to
America to escape the Nazi regime and triumphed in
creating the sound of Hollywood. Works on the concert
will include Korngold’s “Between Two Worlds” – A Concert
Overture and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” – A
Symphonic Portrait; Kaper’s “Mutiny on the Bounty” – A
Symphonic Suite; Tiomkin’s “Strangers on a Train”;
Rozsa’s “El Cid”; and Waxman’s “A Place in the Sun / The
Ride of the Cossacks.”
During his six years at UNCSA, the school has been recognized for its excellence in academics; UNCSA was listed for the first time in Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities in America (and then moved from position 61 up to 41), and achieved a student retention rate second only to UNC-Chapel Hill. Mauceri has shepherded an exclusive arrangement with American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and initiated plans for UNCSA’s first full summer school, which includes the residency of ABT’s Summer Intensive program. The Music Academy of the American South has been created with the support of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, on whose advisory board he serves as chairman. He has also connected UNCSA to creative artists who are at the top of their professions, such as David Rambo, Julie Kent, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken and Kristin Chenoweth – all awarded UNCSA honorary doctorates. And UNCSA has maintained the best record for clean audits in the University of North Carolina System.
Since Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA, the school has
added over $14 million to its endowment, including
five new $1 million endowed
professorships, and has significantly increased
alumni giving through his appointment of alumni to the
school’s Board of Trustees and the creation of alumni
hubs in major U.S. cities.
He has brought students with him for performances at the
Hollywood Bowl, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Grammys
(Staples Center, Los Angeles), the Ravinia Festival, the
Aspen Festival, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kennedy
Center, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany,
and the opera house in Bilbao, Spain.