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June 7, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / High-res photo available upon request
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Presented by WQXR, The Classical Music Station of NYC


WINSTON-SALEM – Chancellor John Mauceri of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has been invited to appear at an event celebrating the life of film composer Bernard Herrmann in New York City later this month.

“Bernard Herrmann was an American original,” Chancellor Mauceri said. “His music defined his time and created unforgettable images, both beautiful and terrifying. By harnessing the contemporary compositional techniques of both Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, Herrmann created his own personal style that sprang from his New York roots. It is simply impossible to think of films like CITIZEN KANE, PSYCHO and VERTIGO without Herrmann’s music coming to mind.”

The event, which will feature music, film clips and conversation, is part of a 100th birthday celebration planned to commemorate Herrmann’s birthday on June 29, and is sponsored by WQXR, the classical music station of New York City (part of WNYC). The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. June 29 at The Greene Space at WQXR. For more information or tickets, visit: http://www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/events/2011/jun/29/bernard-herrmann-one-hundredth-birthday-celebration/.

Chancellor John Mauceri
Photo by Donald Dietz

John Mauceri

Joining Mauceri on the panel will be Herrmann’s daughter and writer Dorothy Herrmann, composer Rob Schwimmer (FREEHELD, DEAR DIARY), and John Waletzky, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary MUSIC FOR THE MOVIES: BERNARD HERRMANN. Academy Award-winning film composer Michael Giacchino (SUPER 8, UP, THE INCREDIBLES) will make a special appearance. WQXR’s David Garland and Elliott Forrest will host the evening.

Herrmann, who died in 1975 at the age of 64, won an Academy Award in 1941 for THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER. He is best known for his film collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, and his radio drama work with Orson Welles. In addition to the films cited by Chancellor Mauceri above, the more than 40 films Herrmann scored include NORTH BY NORTHWEST, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, FAHRENHEIT 451 and TAXI DRIVER. Herrmann also composed scores for television shows including Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone and Have Gun – Will Travel.

John Mauceri is the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia.
Maestro Mauceri has served as music director of four opera companies: Washington (National), Scottish (Glasgow), the Teatro Regio (Turin, Italy), and Pittsburgh. He is the first American to have held the post of music director of an opera house in either Great Britain or Italy. He was the first music director of the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall after its founding director, Leopold Stokowski, with whom he studied. He was Consultant for Music Theater at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for more than a decade, and, for 15 years, he served on the faculty of Yale University. For 18 years, Mauceri worked closely with Leonard Bernstein and conducted many of the composer’s premieres at Bernstein’s request.
On Broadway, he was co-producer of On Your Toes, and served as musical supervisor for Hal Prince’s production of Candide as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. He also conducted the orchestra for the film version of Evita. Among his many awards and honors are a Tony, Grammy, Billboard, Olivier, and two Emmys. Last year, his recording of Erich Korngold’s Between Two Worlds was selected by Gramophone magazine as one of the 250 Greatest Recordings of All Time. In April, Gramophone named two of his recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra among the “10 great studio re-creations” of classic movie soundtracks.

Chancellor Mauceri holds the lifetime title of Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him in 1991 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with whom he led over 300 concerts to a total audience of over 4 million people. He has written for and appeared on radio and television and has delivered keynote speeches and papers for major artistic and educational institutions, such as Harvard University, the American Academy in Berlin, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Musicological Society, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He recently published articles for Cambridge University Press and Gramophone magazine.

Recent performances include an October 2010 debut in Spain at the Bilbao Opera as musical director of Susannah, with composer Carlisle Floyd present; and a November 2010 debut in Denmark with The Danish National Orchestra, conducting “Emigrés and Protégés – The Hollywood Diaspora.” He has just completed a critically acclaimed run as musical director of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, an all-UNCSA production and restoration of the original 1943 Broadway production. He will return to the Hollywood Bowl in August 2011, to conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in selections from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s landmark marriage of classical music and animation.

Chancellor Mauceri is one of the world's preeminent experts on film music and has written extensively regarding film music. He has also created an important series of restorations and arrangements of classical film scores. In 1999, he edited and gave the world premiere concert performance of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho – A Narrative for String Orchestra, composed in 1968.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.