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John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, three Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

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UNCSA – West Side Story 50th Anniversary

Posted January 4th, 2019

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts 50th Anniversary production of West Side Story. In the spring of 2007, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts celebrated the 50th anniversary of West Side Story with a dazzling new production staged by 350 students (high school, college, and graduate) and faculty from the school’s Dance, Drama, Music, Design & Production, and Filmmaking schools.

Gerald Freedman, then Dean of Drama, supervised and directed the production. Freedman assisted Jerome Robbins on the original West Side Story, training all its actors and staging many of the book scenes.

John Mauceri, then chancellor of UNCSA, music directed, having worked with Bernstein for 18 years as Bernstein’s editor and the conductor most chosen by the composer to perform his music during those years.

Kevin Backstrom from the Jerome Robbins Estate relocated the choreography as created by Robbins.

This West Side Story may be the very last representation of the original show, since subsequent revivals and planned future productions have made significant changes in the text and the choreography.

The original sets and costumes of Oliver Smith and Irene Sharaff are referenced, while improving staging slight lines between the audience and the actors.

as in 1957, there is no overture.

Except for the “adult” characters, all members of the cast came from the student body and are (significantly) age-appropriate.

The aochivalvideo, approved by the Bernstein Office, was made from the camera in the audiences, appeared by film students and directed by film student Andrew Young. The audio is derived from the mixed audio house feed.

Members of the extraordinary cast will be recognized by many theatre and film-goers as having moved on to impressive professional careers.

It started at UNCAS with West Side Story in 2007.

 

Royal Albert Hall Presents A Hollywood Christmas

Posted December 4th, 2018

ROYAL ALBERT HALL PRESENTS

A HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS

JOHN MAUCERI’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVENT

 

Wednesday 19 December 2018
Starts: 2:00pm, 7:30pm

 

Purchase Tickets at RoyalAlbertHall.com

 

Join The Royal Albert Hall for this all-new Christmas concert, celebrating great scores from beloved Christmas films.

The charismatic American conductor John Mauceri, CNN’s ‘Voice of the Millennium’ – who performed to audiences of four million during his record-breaking tenure at the Hollywood Bowl – leads the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in this exciting motion picture journey.

The evening will feature scores from festive films such as A Christmas Carol (1984), The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ (2001), as well as Christmas carols including Hark the Herald Angels Sing and The First Noel.

 

A Hollywood Christmas is the perfect festive night out for fans of Christmas classics.

 

John Mauceri conductor, host and compere
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

 


 

The Program

Williams
Exultate Justi from The Empire of the Sun

Rozsa
Music from Ben Hurr (arr. Mauceri)
The Holy LandNativityAlleluia

Waxman
A Christmas Carol (arr. Mauceri)

Williams
Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone

Silvestri
Polar Express

Elfman
The Nightmare Before Christmas

Williams
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
HedwigDiagon AlleyFluffyHarry’s Wondrous World

Traditional
Christmas Carols (arr. Carmen Dragon)*
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Adeste Fideles
Carols of the Bells
The First Noel

*Christmas Medley No.1

Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” – BBC 1988

Posted October 9th, 2018

This BBC telecast represents the world premiere of the 1988 Scottish Opera version of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, directed by Jonathan Miller and John Wells. Bernstein attends and John Mauceri conducts this most complete version of the score ever seen on the stage. Directed for the cameras by Humphrey Burton.
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Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” – Kennedy Center 1981

Posted October 8th, 2018


Seen only once in 1981, this is a live national broadcast of the 10th anniversary production of MASS. Directed for the stage by Tom O’Horgan of “Hair” fame, the cameras were directed by Emile Ardolino. The work that opened the Kennedy Center is conducted by John Mauceri and produced for PBS by WQED, Pittsburgh.

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