Television, Radio and Audio Recordings
John Mauceri's television appearances in America have included performances for Live from Lincoln Center, Live from the Kennedy Center, the Kennedy Center Honors, the1996 MTV Music Awards (with the rock band Smashing Pumpkins), and the 1987 Gala of Stars for PBS for which he served as music director and which raised more money than any previous gala on the network. Mr. Mauceri wrote and appeared in a miniseries on music for CBS Cable. His work for Arts & Entertainment Channel began with a live, national broadcast with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on July 4, 1992 and continued with A&E's performing arts series "Stage," for which he was the host. In Great Britain, Mr. Mauceri's TV credits include his new version of Candide as well as two sequential Christmas specials for the BBC with Kiri Te Kanawa and the London Symphony at Royal Albert Hall that included music from My Fair Lady (with Jeremy Irons) and is still shown on cable stations throughout the world. In 1987 he appeared with folk singer Jean Redpath in a special Robert Burns television production called In Search of Auld Lang Synes, which was awarded a finalist certificate at the New York Film and Television Festival.
The 1993 video The Making of "The King and I," which featured Mr. Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley) was nominated for an Emmy award. In 1994 he appeared on the worldwide live broadcast of the Grammy Awards conducting Placido Domingo. He appears as the conductor in Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound, a 1995 film made for television and shown throughout the world that celebrates the centenary of the motion picture industry. In addition, Mr. Mauceri appears in Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note, a 1998 PBS production broadcast throughout the United States as part of the American Masters series, as well as its program on Richard Rodgers, The Sweetest Sounds.
In 1997 he was the host of a 13 part radio series "Music on My Mind" which was heard in the Los Angeles area on KKGO and was rebroadcast in 1998 in Atlanta on WABE (NPR). In 2000, Mauceri wrote and hosted 250 two-hour classical music broadcasts on Los Angeles' KMZT, called "The Evening Concert."
Mr. Mauceri has won two Los Angeles Emmy Awards: one in 1995 as a writer and the other in 1998 as an on-camera personality. He appears regularly on radio and television throughout the world. In 2000 he was featured on "The Lehrer News Hour," A&E News, and gave important radio broadcasts from Berlin and Dessau's Bauhaus, as well as a seminar at Berlin's American Academy on Kurt Weill and the refugee and émigré composers of the Nazi era. In Italy on New Years Eve, 1999, Maestro Mauceri was the featured performer and sole guest for Italian Radio's (RAI-3) Passagio di secolo.
During his seven-year tenure as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2006-13), he conceived and produced a television series that he also hosted, and includes Ethan Stiefel's restaging of The Nutcracker, a complete restoration of the original 1943 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (which won the National Educational Telecommunications Association [NETA] Award), a fully staged Much Ado About Nothing including the complete 1920 score composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (American Premiere), a program of dance fantasies (Including Act Two of Swan Lake) and a restoration of the 1913 original production of the Nijinsky-Bakst-Debussy ballet, Jeux.
Mr. Mauceri has made some eighty CD recordings of operas, symphonic works and Broadway cast albums, including the only recording of the original Alfano ending to Turandot, the first recording of Schoenberg's Fanfare for the Hollywood Bowl, the only recording of Richard Rodgers' ballet Ghost Town, the premiere recording of Kurt Weill's atonal opera Der Protagonist, as well as the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita with Madonna. His recording of Danny Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana on Sony in 2007 introduced the composer's purely orchestral work to a large, international audience. In addition to his recordings on Philips and London/Decca Mr. Mauceri has also recorded for CBS, RCA, Polydor, MCA, Angel, Warner Brothers and Deutsche Gramophon, among others.
Mr. Mauceri can be seen on many DVD restorations, discussing the music of classic films, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, and The Sea Hawk (Korngold), Sunset Blvd. (Waxman), Jezebel (Steiner), Bambi (Churchill and Plumb), El Cid (Rozsa), The Fall of the Roman Empire (Tiomkin), and West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein).