Houston, TX – The Houston Symphony celebrated Composer Marvin Hamlisch on Fri Apr 24th, Sat Apr 25th & Sun Apr 26th, 2015. Marvin Hamlisch visited the Houston Symphony for many years as Guest Conductor for the Symphony’s Pops series.
This performances took place at The Jones Hall, Home of The Houston Symphony
615 Louisiana St.Houston, TX 77002
(The Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts)
As a composer, Marvin Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three Oscars®, four Grammys®, four Emmys®, a Tony® and three Golden Globes®. On Broadway, he wrote the music for one of the longest-running shows, A Chorus Line. On the big screen, he had more than forty motion picture scores from The Way We Were and Sophie’s Choice, to his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting. Songs like “What I Did for Love” and “Nobody Does it Better” prove that Marvin Hamlisch truly was “One” singular sensation.
Maestro Jack Everly:
A North American leader in symphonic pops, Jack Everly, is widely known for his innovative approach to programs that have brought new audiences to the time-tested and beloved pops genre. He is principal Pops Conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Canada, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. This time, Mr. Everly will appear as guest conductor with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, doing what Marvin Hamlisch used to do when visiting the symphony: Talk to the audience of the pieces selected for the program, perform the beautiful music that Marvin Hamlisch composed, remind everybody that music as an international language and of the imortance of arts education for kids and adults.
Marissa grew up on Long Island, in Woodbury, New York, where she fell in love with the stage and screen at a young age and then attended Syracuse University where she studied Musical Theater. She has gone on to appear on Broadway along side Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury in Stephen Sondheim’s revival of “A Little Night Music”, Les Miserables, and Bonnie and Clyde to name a few. Recently Marissa starred as Stella Purdy in the world premiere of the Broadway aimed musical “The Nutty Professor”(winner of best actress in a musical, broadwayworld.com)- directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis, with music by the late great Marvin Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Rupert Holmes. Marissa has appeared all over the country in many touring and regional stage productions, concerts, readings and workshops. She resides in New York City.
The Houston Symphony
Jack Everly, conductor
Marissa McGowan, vocalist
Theatre Under The Stars Young and Adult Performers
-Rozie Curtis, director
-Brenda Varvoutis, musical director
VIDEO: Marvin Hamlisch at the Piano -Tribute to Barbra Streisand:
Related content – Marvin Hamlisch’s Body of Work (Sample)
MUSIC FOR FILM: