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April 19, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Photos attached
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At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Stevens Center


WINSTON-SALEM – On Saturday, April 28, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present “Music for Mary: a concert of beautiful music in remembrance of a beautiful person, Mary D.B.T. Semans,” performed by the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, with support from the faculty of the School of Music, under the direction of Conductor and Chancellor John Mauceri.

Also participating will be the Raleigh Boy Choir under the direction of Robert Unger, and six women from the UNCSA Cantata Singers.

A founder of the school and a beloved friend, patron, and benefactor, Mary Semans was “the mother of UNCSA, who, with her husband, James, brought UNCSA’s musicians to Italy for many summers and who steadfastly supported and inspired our school from its inception 49 years ago,” said Chancellor Mauceri. “If there was one word to describe Mary Semans it would be ‘beautiful’ in every sense of that word.”

Works on the program will include Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s last and greatest masterpiece, his Symphony No. 6, The Pathétique, followed by Pietro Mascagni's Intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana, Ottorino Respighi's The Pines of Rome, and Henry Mancini's arrangement of Ennio Morricone's Deborah's Theme from Once Upon a Time in America.

Mary D.B.T. Semans

Mary D.B.T. Semans

Chancellor John Mauceri
Photo by Brent LaFever

UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri

Mauceri said the reason for featuring an Italian second half of the program is to celebrate Mary and Jim Semans’ founding of the school’s former International Music Program, which originated in Italy.

“Music for Mary” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Stevens Center of UNCSA, 405 West Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

Mary Semans died in Durham on Jan. 25, 2012, at age 91. Perhaps best known for carrying on the legacy of Duke University’s founding family, she emerged as one of North Carolina’s greatest philanthropists, supporting the arts and education. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James H. Semans, who died in 2005 and served as the first chairman of the School of the Arts’ board of trustees. For more information on Mrs. Semans, please see: http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/releases2012/Jan2012/MaryDBTSemans.htm and http://www.uncsa.edu/announcement/MarySemans.htm.

John Mauceri is completing his sixth year as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A world-renowned conductor and educator, 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. His distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him not only to over 25 of the world’s greatest opera companies and more than 50 symphony orchestras, but also the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Among his many awards and honors are a Tony, Grammy, Billboard, Olivier, and two Emmys.

This spring, Chancellor Mauceri conducted members of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in the American premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s original score to William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, performed by members of the School of Drama. This week, he conducts the orchestra in the second act of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake during the School of Dance’s annual Spring Dance Concert. On June 23, 2012, Maestro Mauceri will conduct the WDR Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance and broadcast of Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince in Cologne, Germany.

As UNCSA Chancellor, Mr. Mauceri has guided the school through some of the nation’s most challenging economic times, while continuing to build upon the institution’s past success. A few accomplishments of note in the Chancellor’s tenure are helping the school secure $46 million in capital funds for four new buildings, his appointment of arts school deans who are stars in their art form, having the word “University” added to the school’s name, converting UNCSA from trimesters to semesters, securing a five-year commitment to televise UNCSA productions over UNC-TV, and significantly increasing private donations. Since he became chancellor of UNCSA, the school has added over $14 million to its endowment, including five new $1 million endowed professorships.

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.