Jan. 28, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE /
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UNCSA CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI TO CONDUCT
AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Performances of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” in August
WINSTON-SALEM – The Hollywood Bowl has announced that University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri, founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will return to Los Angeles this summer to conduct three performances of Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
The performances will be Aug. 19 & 20 at 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The Bowl announced its 2011 season on Wednesday, when the Los Angeles Times reported: “Another returning FOB (Friend of the Bowl) will be John Mauceri, the founder and longtime leader of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and now chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He'll be conducting selections from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s landmark marriage of classical music and animation, accompanied by film clips on the Bowl's giant screens.”
Maestro Mauceri will be appearing at the Bowl in a season that includes Quincy Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Dolly Parton, Gustavo Dudamel, and Joni Mitchell.
at the Hollywood Bowl
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According to the Hollywood Bowl: “Nearly 75 years ago, Walt Disney used the skill of his world-class animators to visualize the world of classical music. The result: Walt Disney’s Fantasia. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of our very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri returns to the Bowl to recreate this magic – an evening of selections from the classic film with clips on the Bowl’s big screen. You’ll see your favorites, plus a glimpse into the brilliant artwork and unfinished segments of this Disney masterpiece. The evening ends with fireworks that complement the spectacular beauty of this cinematic triumph.” For more information, visit the Bowl’s website at: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/performance-detail.cfm?id=4567
For more on the Bowl’s season from the LA Times, see: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-hollywood-bowl-20110126,0,187538.story
Mauceri was recently the topic of conversation on Turner Classic Movies. About 10 p.m. on Jan. 22, prior to the next movie presentation, host Robert Osborne and guest Alec Baldwin were discussing the Jewish musicians who fled Germany during World War II, and how they created such wonderful movie music. Baldwin recounted how much he enjoyed hearing John Mauceri conducting concerts of film music (Korngold in particular) at the Hollywood Bowl.
This is Chancellor Mauceri’s first return to the Bowl since 2007, when he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, along with legendary tenor Plácido Domingo. In that appearance, Mauceri also conducted the Bowl Orchestra as School of the Arts dance students performed.
Mauceri was reunited with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in 2008, when he conducted as the surprise opening for The Walt Disney Co.’s showcase of its upcoming film projects (known as “the rollout”) at the Kodak Theatre (home of the Oscars) in Los Angeles.
The Bowl concerts in the summer will coincide with the commencement of Mauceri’s sixth year as chancellor. As UNCSA chancellor, he has guided the school through some of the most challenging economic times while continuing to build upon the institution's past success. A few accomplishments of note in Mauceri’s first five years are: helping the school secure $45 million in capital funds for four new buildings; his appointment of art school deans who are stars in their art form; having “University" added to the school's name; five new $1 million endowed professorships; and significantly increasing private donations. In addition, Chancellor Mauceri has continued to work with the greatest artistic institutions in the world, creating opportunities for students to collaborate with performers and creators in the forefront of their fields.
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