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Hugh Jackman to Host

WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri will be the musical director for “A Fine Romance,” a star-studded evening celebrating the love affair between Broadway and Hollywood, this Saturday evening, May 1, at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles.

Accompanied by a live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Mauceri, the founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a breath-taking array of singers from film and stage musicals will perform the songs that have tied both coasts together for decades.

This is the fifth year that Chancellor Mauceri has music directed the show, which raises money for the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), which benefits the retired members of the entertainment community and is the oldest charity in Hollywood.

Hugh Jackman will be the host for the show.

Hugh Jackman and Chancellor John Mauceri
photo by Andrew Young                      

The evening will feature performances by John Barrowman, Christine Ebersole, Hector Elizondo, Joel Grey, Cheyenne Jackson, Melina Kanakaredes, Patti LuPone, Shirley MacLaine, James Marsden, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Leslie Uggams, and more. Directed by Adam Shankman, the event is produced by Laurence Mark and Dan Jinks.

For more information about the Motion Picture & Television Fund, see: http://www.mptvfund.org/cm/fundraising/events/a-fine-romance.html.

Before returning to Winston-Salem, Chancellor Mauceri will host a brunch for Los Angeles-area alumni on May 2. He will also attend a luncheon for senior film students hosted by Martha DeLaurentiis on May 4, and the 13th Annual New Cinema Showcase (screening of UNCSA senior films for the motion picture industry) on May 5 at Sony Pictures Studios.

Chancellor Mauceri’s most recent conducting engagement was the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection,” which was performed at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem on April 17 and at the Grand Opening Festival of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh on April 25. Before that, Mauceri conducted The Gershwins’® Porgy and BessSM   March 20-April 3 at the Washington National Opera (WNO) at the Kennedy Center.

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 middle 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. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.