Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri will direct the North Carolina Symphony in a unique program that will present classic film scores along with the music that inspired its composers. The concert opens at the Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem on November 19, 2009 and will be performed again on November 20 & 21 at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and on November 24 at Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. All performances begin at 8pm.
“I am grateful to be invited as a guest to conduct this great ensemble and bring it to Winston-Salem, as well as perform in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, “says Mauceri. “The program is one that is quite extraordinary and gives the people of North Carolina a rare opportunity to hear some of Hollywood’s greatest compositions alongside the music that inspired it during the tumultuous World War II period. Almost everything we are playing will constitute a North Carolina premiere.”
Over the past 35 years, Mauceri has conducted not only for Hollywood, but also for countless prestigious orchestras, most of the world’s greatest opera houses as well as on Broadway. A protégé of Leonard Bernstein, Mauceri will undoubtedly enchant audiences with his vast wealth of knowledge and showmanship as he both conducts and hosts these concerts.
Mauceri made his professional orchestral debut in 1974 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is the founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra – a hand picked, elite group of Hollywood studio musicians. Under Mauceri’s direction, the innovative orchestra made 13 recordings and went on to perform over 300 concerts at the historic venue to an audience of over 4 million people. Mauceri is beginning his fourth year as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mauceri is known for his innovative programs. This one, he says, “called ‘Hollywood Emigrés and Protégés,’ is inspired by the journey to America by the two greatest Viennese composers in the 20th century: Arnold Schoenberg and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.” Audiences will hear selections from Schoenberg, Korngold, Herrmann, Strauss, and Williams. The pieces are taken from instantly recognizable films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Psycho. North Carolina Symphony Vice President for Artistic Operations Scott Freck says that “combining these thrilling orchestral scores with John’s insightful commentary” will make this performance one of the most remarkable concerts we’ve given in recent history.”