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Jan. 30, 2014/For Immediate Release (high res. photo available)

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has won an Emmy Award for the UNC-TV broadcast of its 2012 production Much Ado About Nothing. The program won in the arts programming category, it was announced this past weekend at the 28th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards Ceremony in Nashville.  

“This is a huge accomplishment for UNCSA and for everyone who worked on the production,” said Katharine Laidlaw, UNCSA’s executive producer, who accepted the award along with UNC-TV Head of Production Shannon Vickery. “I was proud to accept the award on behalf of the students, faculty and staff, and our generous partners, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts, who helped fund the broadcast.”

The program aired statewide on April 9, 2013. It is a taped production of the 2012 stage performance by seniors in UNCSA’s School of Drama, and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra from the School of Music, in the American premiere of William Shakespeare’s most spirited comedy performed with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s complete score.

Laidlaw produced the broadcast, along with former Chancellor and two-time Emmy Award-winner for Hollywood Bowl Orchestra broadcasts, John Mauceri, who conducted the orchestra and was music director of the stage production. Mauceri also produced the stage performance.

Michael Dwinell, an alumnus of UNCSA’s high school, college and graduate programs in Music, was the assistant music director.

Executive Producer Katharine Laidlaw with the Emmy statuette.

Also named in the Emmy nomination were Emmy Award-winning television director David Stern, who directed the cameras for the taping, and Andrew Young, a 2007 graduate of the School of Filmmaking who edited the broadcast. Max King, an alumnus of UNCSA’s Film program, was the sound mixer.

“UNC-TV is honored to have a partner like the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and to have the ability to showcase the great work of the faculty, staff and students of UNCSA,” said Vickery. “We look forward to many, many more collaborations.”

UNCSA’s stage production was directed by Drama Assistant Dean Bob Francesconi. The scenic designs were by John V. Bowhers, then a fourth-year college student in the university’s School of Design and Production and the winner of the 2012 U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology’s W. Oren Parker Award, the highest award for a student scenic designer in the United States. The costumes were designed by Christine Turbitt, director of the Costume Design and Technology Program in the School of Design and Production. All elements of the production were constructed by the students of the school, under the mentorship of their professional faculty.

UNCSA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing was set to Korngold's score in a new edition prepared by the music-publishing house, Schott, in collaboration with Mauceri. The stage production marked the first time the complete score was performed with the Shakespeare play in the United States and was the first fully integrated production since the music was outlawed by the Nazis in 1933. The Austrian National Library supplied copies of the original scores and parts used by the Vienna Philharmonic in 1920.

The commercial release of the music in April 2013 on the Toccata Classics label has received unanimous international praise, including outlets such as Music Web International, examiner.com, Audiophile magazine, and Classics FM (the United Kingdom’s only 100 percent classical music radio station).

The Emmy for Much Ado About Nothing comes on the heels of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Award that UNCSA’s 2011 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! won in 2012. That show aired on UNC-TV in October 2011 and April 2012.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to fostering excellence in television. The academy has 19 chapters with 15,000 members nationwide. The Nashville/Midsouth Region encompasses the states of North Carolina (except Asheville) and Tennessee, and northern Alabama.


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.