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May 20, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photo available

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Maestro John Mauceri, UNCSA Chancellor, will conduct orchestral performance of ‘Jeux’

(Winston-Salem) Several students and alumni from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, N.C., will perform Saturday, June 1, in Northridge, Calif., in an orchestral concert conducted by Maestro John Mauceri, who has served as UNCSA’s Chancellor for the past seven years.

“Paris and Hollywood: Celebrating The Rite of Spring without Actually Playing It,” will be performed at the Valley Performing Arts Center of California State University-Northridge. The concert will feature three ballet soloists performing the Nijinsky-Debussy ballet Jeux, recreated by Millicent Hodson, which was recently performed at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C., as part of the University of North Carolina’s “Rite of Spring at 100” series.

“One of my greatest pleasures as chancellor has been to introduce our talented students and alumni to audiences across the country and around the world,” said Mauceri, who has conducted performances with UNCSA musicians, actors and dancers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, in Washington, D.C., and in Vienna, Austria and Leipzig, Germany.

Flanking Mr. Mauceri are (from left to right) Shelby Finnie, Anthony Sigler and Clara Superfine. Photo by Donald Dietz.


Participating dancers are Shelby Finnie, a 2013 high school graduate from Greensboro, N.C.; Anthony Sigler, a rising college junior from Waynesville, N.C.; and Clara Superfine, a rising high school senior from Chapel Hill, N.C.

School of Dance Dean Susan Jaffe, who will accompany the dancers and direct their performance, said the trip is an exciting performance opportunity for her students. "Many of our students will go on to tour professionally with dance companies, so it benefits them to learn how to 'take their show on the road.' And Valley Performing Arts Center is such a beautiful venue. This promises to be an evening to remember."

Jaffe, one of the leading ballerinas of our time, danced with American Ballet Theatre for 22 years. Mauceri named her UNCSA’s Dance Dean in 2012.

The dancers will perform in Léon Bakst’s original costume designs, restored by Kenneth Archer.

Jeux (“Games”), originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, premiered in Paris two weeks before The Rite of Spring’s famous scandalous premiere in 1913. Jeux was part of UNCSA’s annual Spring Dance event, held this year in Chapel Hill. It was the only student performance included in UNC’s year-long “Rite of Spring at 100” series. Chancellor Mauceri conducted the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra for Spring Dance, which, in addition to Jeux, included Shen Wei’s The Rite of Spring, Susan Jaffe’s world premiere of Polovtsian Dances, and Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun.  

The Northridge concert is divided into two parts. The first part is “Europe Before The Rite of Spring,” and includes Jeux, the music of Strauss’ Dance of the Seven Veils from Salomé, and Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun. The second part is “Hollywood after Fantasia’s Rite of Spring” and includes Stravinsky’s The Augurs of Spring, The Dance of the Earth, and The Sacrifice from The Rite of Spring, as reflected in film scores Psycho - A Narrative for String Orchestra (Hermann), Planet of the Apes - The Hunt (Goldsmith) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Waxman).

Seven alumni and students from the UNCSA School of Music will be performing in the orchestra. They include three 2013 Master of Music graduates: Michael Dwinell (oboe) and Rachel Fellows (violin), both of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Michael King (cello) of Spartanburg, S.C; along with Charles Robert Shafer (violin) of Winston-Salem, a 2010 graduate; rising college seniors Rachyl Duffy (viola) of Collingdale, Pa., and Mitchell Goodwin (double bass) of Charlotte, N.C.; and rising high school senior Ian McVoy (harp) of Richmond, Va.

School of Music Dean Wade Weast said UNCSA music students of all ages are prepared for such performance opportunities due to the rigorous training and expert mentoring they receive from their top-notch faculty-artists. “From ninth grade through graduate school, we emphasize excellence in performance. Our students and alumni are ready to shine.”

In addition, a graduate student in UNCSA’s School of Design and Production wig and make-up program, Madeline LeCuyer of Newport News, Va., is providing support.

For more information about the June 1 concert, visit http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/john-mauceri/.


The distinguished and extraordinary career of John Mauceri has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. His mentors include Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, and Carlo Maria Giulini. One of the world’s most accomplished recording artists, he is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, two Emmy and four Deutsche Schallplatten awards, among other prestigious recognitions. A graduate of Yale University, where he taught for 15 years, he is completing his seventh year as chancellor of the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts, the nation’s unique stand-alone public university of conservatories in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design & production. For sixteen seasons at the Hollywood Bowl, Mr. Mauceri broke all records by leading over 300 performances before a collective audience of 4 million people with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

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.