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March 21, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photo available

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu




(Winston-Salem) University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri will deliver two upcoming public lectures. On March 28, Mauceri will speak at California State University at Northridge as part of the Commerce of Creativity Distinguished Speaker Series in the Mark Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication. On April 4, he will be the featured speaker at the 8th annual James P. Elder Lecture at Elon University.

A renowned conductor, author and music scholar, Mauceri will speak at CSUN about the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary The Rite of Spring. Seen as one of the most important cultural events of the last century, Stravinsky’s avant-garde masterpiece The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris on May 29, 1913, with choreography by celebrated dancer Nijinsky and costumes and sets by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. Led by impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes performance sparked a riot at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées.

Last fall, Chancellor Mauceri and UNCSA School of Dance Dean Susan Jaffe were panelists -- along with Yo-Yo Ma and other national arts leaders -- at an academic symposium on the topic in Chapel Hill. It was part of a year-long celebration of “The Rite of Spring at 100” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



John Mauceri

As part of that same year-long celebration, on April 20 and 21, Chancellor Mauceri will conduct the UNCSA Orchestra when UNC’s Carolina Performing Arts presents UNCSA’s Spring Dance Concert at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill. A bold, four-piece concert inspired by The Rite of Spring, Spring Dance begins with Shen Wei’s contemporary envisioning of Rite set to Stravinsky’s original two-piano version. The production draws from the most provocative works of the Ballets Russes with an orchestral performance of Afternoon of a Faun, an historic re-creation of Debussy’s Jeux, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky (as reconstructed by Millicent Hodson) and sets by Leon Bakst, concluding with Borodin’s sensuous Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor” featuring the UNCSA choreographic debut of the Dean Jaffe. For tickets and more information, visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org or call 919-843-3333.
Mauceri will return to Cal State Northridge on June 1, 2013, to conduct a concert, “Music in the Life of a Great City: The Rite of Spring at 100,” at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

The April 4 lecture at Elon, “Arts and Education: A Conversation with John Mauceri conducted by Emil Kang,” will be at 6 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium. It is open to the public. Kang is UNC’s Executive Director for the Arts and professor of the Practice of Music.

The James P. Elder lecture series is named for the Elon alumnus and former history professor, who serves on UNCSA’s Board of Visitors. As an undergraduate at Elon, Elder founded the Liberal Arts Forum to promote arts and humanities. He later served as its faculty advisor. The lecture series is endowed by alumni of the forum. Past speakers hosted by the forum include Former President Gerald Ford (when he was Minority Leader in the House of Representatives), filmmaker Spike Lee, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica.
John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him to over 25 of the world’s greatest opera companies and more than 50 symphony orchestras, to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia.

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.

Maestro 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.

Mauceri has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many genres of music and has supervised/conducted important premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Hindemith, Bernstein, Ives, Elfman, and Shore. He is a leading performer of music banned by the Third Reich and especially music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, and can be seen and heard on many recent DVD releases of classic films.

At UNCSA, he has music directed the 50th anniversary production of West Side Story; a restoration of the original 1943 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!; the world concert premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1963 film score to Hamlet, performed with alumni and faculty with the North Carolina Symphony as well as the Aspen Festival; the American premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s complete score to Much Ado About Nothing (fully staged) and led performances of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra on campus, as well as at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville) and for the opening of the new facilities at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh).

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.