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June 19, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



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.

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Chancellor Mauceri

“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.”
On Nov. 23 and 24, Maestro Mauceri will conduct the Danish National Orchestra in Copenhagen in “The Music of Alfred Hitchcock.” Works on the program will include Herrmann’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” – Concert Overture and Storm Clouds Cantata (Benjamin/Herrmann), “Psycho” – Narrative for String Orchestra, “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest”; Waxman’s “Rebecca” and “Rear Window”; Tiomkin’s “Strangers on a Train” and “Dial M for Murder”; and Rozsa’s “Spellbound” Concerto.
Recently confirmed for performance in 2013 (Feb. 15, 19, 22 and 26) is the opera Les Vêpres Siciliennes in its rare, original French version, which will be performed as part of Bilbao’s “Tutto Verdi” cycle, in which all the works by the great Italian opera composer will be performed. Mauceri is a member of the Verdi Institute’s advisory board and has conducted many of the composer’s operas. He made his Spanish debut in Bilbao in 2010 with Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah.
John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him to over 25 of the world’s greatest opera companies and more than 50 symphony orchestras, to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. He is the former music director of Washington (National) Opera, Scottish Opera, the Teatro Regio (Turin, Italy) and the Pittsburgh Opera, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. Among his many awards, Mauceri is the recipient of a Tony, a Grammy, an Olivier and two Emmys.
He assumed his post as UNCSA chancellor on July 1, 2006. As chancellor, he has guided the school through some of the nation’s most challenging economic times, while continuing to build upon the institution’s past success. A few accomplishments of note during the Chancellor’s tenure include: helping the school secure $46 million in capital funds for four new buildings; the appointment of arts school deans who are stars in their art form; having the word “University” added to the school’s name – and thus securing UNCSA’s unique Internet name and address; developing a school logo, a school seal and school colors; converting UNCSA from a trimester institution to a two-semester school; securing a five-year commitment to televise UNCSA productions over UNC-TV; and significantly increasing private donations.

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.
In articles, speeches, radio, and television appearances, Mauceri has heightened awareness of UNCSA to people throughout the world. These include Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Gramophone Magazine, NPR, and PBS. He has music directed UNCSA’s 50th anniversary production of West Side Story; a restoration of the original 1943 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!; the world concert premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1963 film score to Hamlet, performed with alumni and faculty with the North Carolina Symphony as well as the Aspen Festival;  the American premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s complete score to Much Ado About Nothing (fully staged) and led performances of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra on campus, as well as at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville) and for the opening of the new facilities at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh).
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. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.