University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a public art school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It grants high school and graduate degrees. Founded in 1963 as the North Carolina School of the Arts by then-Governor Terry Sanford, it was the first public arts conservatory in the United States; the school owns and operates the Stevens Center in Downtown Winston-Salem and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school consists of five professional schools: School of Dance School of Design & Production School of Drama School of Filmmaking School of Music The idea of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts was initiated in 1962 by Vittorio Giannini, a leading American Composer and teacher of Composition at Juilliard and Manhattan, who approached then-governor Terry Sanford and enlisted the help of author John Ehle and William Sprott Greene, Jr. and Martha Dulin Muilenburg of Charlotte, North Carolina, to support his dream of an arts conservatory.

State funds were appropriated, a North Carolina Conservatory Committee was established. The School of the Arts became a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina in 1972. In 2008, the institution's board of trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the school from the North Carolina School of the Arts to the "University of North Carolina School of the Arts" to raise its profile; the name change was subsequently approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, North Carolina Senate, North Carolina House of Representatives, Governor Mike Easley. Vittorio Giannini was the School's founder and first President, his vision of arts education continues to influence it today. Giannini served as President of the fledgling institution until his death in November 1966. A resolution dated December 3, 1966 by the Board of Trustees and the Governor pays tribute to Giannini as the founder of the School, noting that'When it was a dream, he sought a home for it and helped bring it into being.

When it was an infant institution, he gave it structure and design.' The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward became UNCSA's second president following Giannini's death. In 1974 Robert Suderburg became UNCSA's third chancellor following Martin Sokoloff, the administrative director, who served as interim chancellor from 1973 to 1974. During his time at UNCSA the Workplace building, containing the Semans Library, was opened on the UNCSA campus, as well as the Stevens Center the Carolina Theatre, in downtown Winston-Salem; the gala opening of the Stevens Center featured the school's symphony orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, with Isaac Stern as soloist and Gregory Peck as the Master of Ceremonies. Attendees included Agnes de Mille, Cliff Robertson, Governor James Hunt and Mrs. Gerald Ford and Lady Bird Johnson; the Stevens Center remains UNCSA's largest performance facility. Dr. Jane E. Milley became Chancellor at the School of the Arts in September 1984. In the spring of 1990, Alex C. Ewing was appointed Chancellor.

He assumed the position in July 1990, following Philip R. Nelson, former Dean of music at Yale University, who served as Interim Chancellor during the 1989-90 school year. Ewing had been associated with the School since 1985, when he became chairman of the Board of Visitors. In 1988 he established the Lucia Chase Endowed Fellowship for Dance at the School, in memory of his mother, a co-founder and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. A man of diverse talents, Ewing single-handedly revitalized the Joffrey Ballet during his tenure as general director in the 1960s; as Chancellor, Ewing oversaw the success of the School's $25 million campaign for endowment and scholarships. He orchestrated a combination of local and national support to secure the establishment of NCSA's fifth arts school, the School of Filmmaking, in 1993. Ewing took a special interest in NCSA's campus plan. Other capital projects he spearheaded included a new Sculpture Studio, a new Fitness Center, the start of the Student Commons renovation.

Wade Hobgood, Dean of the College of the Arts at California State University at Long Beach since 1993, was named Chancellor in February 2000, assuming the position on July 1, 2000. A native of Wilson, NC, Hobgood attended East Carolina University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Communication Arts. John Mauceri was UNCSA's seventh chancellor, he assumed the position following Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille, former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the 16-campus University of North Carolina, who served as Interim Chancellor during the 2005-2006 academic year. Mr. Mauceri earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Philosophy in music theory degrees from Yale University, where he was a member of the faculty for fifteen years, he is internationally known as a conductor and music director. For the last fifteen years he had been the Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles, California. A distinguished recording artist, he has won Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk awards.

In addition, he writes articles on opera, musical theater and music for the American cinema. Chancellor Mauceri announced in the Fall of 2012 that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. Brian Cole is the current interim chancellor of UNCSA, succeeding Lindsey Bierman who served as chancellor from 2014 to 2019; the school's campus consists near Old Salem. There are eight residence halls – six for college students, two for high school students, an on-campus student apartment complex and a

Kelvin Tan

Kelvin Tan Wei Lian is a Singaporean former Mandopop singer who earned a living as a busker before he won the first edition of Project SuperStar in 2005. He has released three albums, All I Want Is... i-Weilian and Moving Notes... Kelvin Tan. Other highlights of his career include a solo concert at the Singapore Expo, leading a choir at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and singing the NDP 2009 theme song. Born blind due to Leber's congenital amaurosis, Tan grew up listening to 1980s Mandopop ballads, which inspired him to learn to play the piano and guitar, he studied at the Singapore School for the Visually Dunearn Secondary School. After his O Levels, he worked as a massage therapist and a singer at a café, he busked at Jurong East and Waterloo Street, playing his guitar and singing Mandopop ballads for two to eight hours per day. According to The New Paper reporter Mindy Tan, his performances drew large crowds, some of whom were so "impressed his music" that they would "sit on the pavement nearby for up to an hour listening to him".

Tan and four blind friends auditioned for the inaugural season of Project SuperStar, but only he was accepted as a contestant. Throughout the competition, there was extensive debate over whether viewers were voting for him out of sympathy and whether a blind man who could not dance deserved the title. Further controversy arose when his home address was posted online and fans offered him sex services, he emerged as the male champion and entered the grand final against female champion Kelly Poon. The judges gave Poon more favourable reviews. Both finalists released limited edition singles, thus Tan was awarded a recording contract with Play Music. His debut album 我只是想要, which contains four original songs and all of his famous competition recordings including 童话, 火柴天堂, Heaven Knows, 其实你不懂我的心, etc. was certified platinum in Singapore within five days of its release. Its title track topped the Singapore music charts in February 2006, while another of its songs, 触摸, won Best Theme Song at the 2006 Star Awards.

The debut album had another TOP chart hit 爱恨难. In total, the album sold 45,000 copies in 15,000 copies in Malaysia. In 2007, his second album i伟联 was released and the song 普通的人 topped the Singapore charts that October. Besides 普通的人, "I Love You" hit Number 1 regionally in the Global Music Chart, which consolidates chart results from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore, his 3rd single from the album 亲爱的请做个好梦 hit TOP 5 in Singapore's YES 933 醉心龙虎榜 chart. This album sold 15,000 copies in Singapore and 20,000 copies in Taiwan. In 2009, Kelvin released his third album 走场陈伟联; this critically acclaimed original album includes his self composed melodies with the biggest lyricists in Chinese music, including 梁文福, 林夕, 小寒, 姚谦, 姚若龙, 吴玉康, 陈乐融, 易家扬, etc. It included a popular interpretation of 张雨生's 大海, which had Kelvin playing the piano in the sea in the music video; the songs from the album, 永远的朋友 and 分手的请书 topped the Singapore charts in October 2009, while the album peaked at 5th in the Taiwan charts in February 2010.

In addition, 分手的请书 won two awards at the 2010 Singapore Entertainment Awards and 我们 won Best Theme Song at the 2010 Star Awards. However, his contract with Warner Music was not renewed. In July 2017, Kelvin released brand new Mandarin album 新谣, a tribute to the heritage of local writers and compositions in Singapore. In it, Kelvin interprets household classic tunes from the 90s and 00s; the album debut at Number 1 in the iTunes digital era. No physical CDs were released; the album design was conceptually done by Singapore renown artist 阿果. In 2006, Tan staged a solo concert at the Max Pavilion, he acted in the getai movie 881 and several television serials, winning Most Popular Newcomer at the 2006 Star Awards. However, he declined further roles, describing acting as "not cup of tea because there's nothing else could act as except a blind man", he participated in variety television shows in Singapore and Taiwan, but some Taiwanese hosts rejected him over fears that their jokes would offend him. Another controversy arose when he was a contestant on the Singapore edition of Don't Forget The Lyrics, as netizens were concerned that being unable to see the monitor would disadvantage him.

In 2009, he was selected to sing 就在这里, the Mandarin version of the National Day Parade theme song What Do You See?, four years he sang a tribute to Singapore named "Treasure Every Moment". In 2017, Kelvin's multi-language rendition of a National Day song medley went viral, amassing over 300,000 views on his page alone; the medley consisted of English, Chinese and Tamil National Day songs, was praised for the sensitivity and fluency of Kelvin's interpretation. The same video went viral again in 2019 to a whole new audience. In 2019, Kelvin was invited to perform for the theme song of MediaCorp Channel 8 TV Drama 你也可以是天使3.

Dora Luz

Dora Luz was the stage name of a Mexican singer and recording artist. She is known for her performance in Walt Disney's The Three Caballeros, in which she sings Agustín Lara's "You Belong to My Heart" to Donald Duck, she recorded "Destino", by Armando Domínguez, for Disney and Salvador Dalí's Destino in 1945. Dora Luz recorded several 78 rpm singles for the RCA Víctor label: "Te fuiste" / "Sin tu amor" "Sospecha" / "Primor" "Pregunta" / "Volver a verte" "Amor, amor" / "Odio" "Piel morena" / "Castigo" "Prisionero del mar" / "¿Por qué?" "La primera vez" / "No puedo más" Dora Luz on IMDb