April 28th, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Kevin Cole perform: “Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration”
Pianist Kevin Cole, renowned for his interpretation of Gershwin and performances from The Great American songbook canon, is one of many illustrious musicians interviewed in Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love.
This tribute was conceived by Pianist Kevin Cole, in memory of his close friend, Composer Marvin Hamlisch.
Thanks to the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Raymond Harvey, Music Director!
In four years, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will mark its centennial, and there will be many celebrations leading up to this milestone. From its humble beginnings, with only 25 musicians and a budget of $600, it has emerged as a word-class symphony. In anticipation of this anniversary, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and KSO are embarking on a unique collaboration that will bring an exhibit and lecture program on the life and amazing career of the renowned Marvin Hamlisch.
The exhibit, “Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer,” opens April 15 through May 14, 2017. This multimedia presentation will feature the photography of Len Prince as well as video and sound recordings highlighting the many accomplishments of Hamlisch’s amazing career as a legendary composer, pianist, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator. The exhibit is on loan from the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio.
As a way to further the immersion into Hamlisch’s music, the KSO will be presenting a special concert at Miller Auditorium on Friday, April 28, entitled “Play It Again Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration.” With guest conductor J. Ernest Green, pianist/host Kevin Cole, Hamlisch’s closest musician friends, and his widow Terre Blair-Hamlisch.
Green will also be presenting a free lecture program for the museum’s Sunday series on April 23, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Please take “note” of all of these wonderful music-focused programs!
Ernest Green, Conductor
Sylvia McNair, Vocals
Judy Harrison, Vocals
Bryce Pinkham, Vocals
Kevin Cole, Piano & Host
Adrian Daurov, Cello
Gary Echelmeyer, Technical Director
Palmer Jankens, Sound Engineer
The program will include a musical arrangement by Pianist Kevin Cole as tribute to the late composer. Cole arranged this piano medley from three of Hamlisch’s songs: “The Way We Were” (title song to the 1973 film) and “At the Ballet” and “What I Did for Love” (both from the hit musical A Chorus Line in 1975).
Video Flashback: Marvin’s Magic Mountain: