For about 100 years, American orchestras recruited their conductors from Europe. It was only in the 1950s that they began to trust their own talents, and today there is a considerable number of top conductors who are American. Maestri such as Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin and James Levine are music directors of renowned orchestras that play mainly classical music. Yet, there is another popular American conductor whose programs are somewhat different. He fills open air arenas with more than 10,000 people, drags Dracula into the concert halls, and world-famous pop star Madonna shuts her mouth and opens her ears when Maestro Mauceri speaks. Mauceri is a specialist for Hollywood music, and his last big job was the soundtrack to the film musical Evita. His wide repertory has made Mauceri a regular guest in Europe. He will conduct in Vienna soon (April 17), and he just became music director at the opera in Turin, Italy. A maestro made in America -- Georg Hirsch has the story.
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