UNCSA is launching “Premier Stage at UNCSA,” a new weekly series on PBS NC beginning Thursday, Dec. 7. The series will give viewers an exclusive look at the stunning performances by UNCSA students and faculty and go behind the scenes to learn about their creative process.
The premiere episode, “‘Symphonie Fantastique’ with Guillermo Figueroa,” features the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra performing Berlioz’s masterpiece conducted by Figueroa, and subsequent episodes include work across several conservatories at UNCSA including opera, dance, solo and chamber music works, and more. Viewers can experience the power of a symphony orchestra, an opera set in outer space, groundbreaking dance choreography, and the stirring sounds of solo piano and woodwinds.
The production of “Premier Stage at UNCSA” was made possible by a generous grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.
"We are thrilled to be bringing the incredible talent of our students and faculty at UNCSA to even more people throughout North Carolina and beyond with 'Premier Stage' on PBS NC,” said Chancellor Brian Cole. “The series offers an enriching visual narrative that transcends the stage and extends an open invitation for audiences to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of our artistic community. It not only showcases the remarkable performances by our gifted students and esteemed faculty but also peels back the layers to reveal the intricate creative processes that breathe life into each production.”
“As North Carolina's public broadcasting network, we are committed to celebrating the arts within our local communities and bringing live performances to our audience across the state,” said James Mieczkowski, development producer at PBS North Carolina. “‘Premier Stage at UNCSA’ is a powerful showcase of artistic expression and appreciation across multiple disciplines and we are thrilled to bring these performances to the screen."
Viewers will be able to watch the first and subsequent episodes weekly on PBS NC on Thursdays, starting Dec. 7, at 10 p.m. then again Friday mornings at 4 a.m. Episodes will also be available weekly on the North Carolina Channel on Mondays, starting Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 1 and 9 a.m. The show will be available to stream via the PBS app the day of their episode premiere starting at 6 a.m.
The series was executive produced by Claire Machamer and produced by School of Filmmaking alumni Connor Ryan and Adam Witmer, who also served as the director of photography. Interim Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications Katherine Johnson, the director of media relations and communications at UNCSA, was the associate producer. Filmmaking alumnus Rohit Lila Ram was the line producer. Post-production services were provided by HansenHouse Media, a post-production company founded by Filmmaking alumnus Jack Hansen.
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November 30, 2023