Live Arts Maryland Celebrates Composer Marvin Hamlisch with “One Singular Sensation – A Celebration of the Music of Marvin Hamlisch.”

Annapolis, MD – On September 21st at 8 p.m. Live Arts Maryland opened its 2013-2014 season at Maryland Hall.

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PHOTO: 9/21 Live Arts Maryland Salute to Marvin Hamlisch: From left to right… Charles Yang Music, Klea Blackhurst, Peter Dugan Piano, Kevin Cole, Valerie Lemon, Bernard Dotson, J. Ernest Green, Ella Green, Marissa McGowan, Jon Fletcher

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Music Director J. Ernest Green welcomed six of Broadway’s hottest young stars and two red-hot concert stage performers for “One Singular Sensation – A Celebration of the Music of Marvin Hamlisch.”

Rehearsing: "One Song" an anthem to Hope. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, Cantori, a women’s ensemble, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus

Conductor J. Ernest Green rehearsing “One Song” an anthem to Hope. One of Marvin Hamlisch’s compositions. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, Cantori, a women’s ensemble, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus

 “I am very excited about this concert. I was very fortunate to have known and worked with Marvin. He was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met and was a mentor, colleague and most importantly, a great friend” – Maestro J. Ernest Green.

Marissa McGowan, Klea Blackhurst, Valerie Lemon

Marissa McGowan, Klea Blackhurst, Valerie Lemon

The eight performers joined at Live Arts Maryland for this special event; all veterans of Broadway, off-Broadway, cabarets and the concert hall stage. Some have also appeared on popular TV shows: Klea Blackhurst, Bernard Dotson, Jon Fletcher, Marissa McGowan and Valerie Lemon, an accomplished cabaret singer and one of Mr. Hamlisch’s long-time vocal soloists. Pianists Kevin Cole and Peter Dugan have both participated in previous tributes to Mr. Hamlisch to great acclaim, as did red-hot violinist Charles Yang. Together, they, along with Mr. Green, have created a fitting celebration of one of America’s best and most prolific composers.

Peter Dugan, Charles Yang, Jon Fletcher, Kevin Cole, Bernard Dotson

Peter Dugan, Charles Yang, Jon Fletcher, Kevin Cole, Bernard Dotson

Green and these soloists have participated in several concerts of Mr. Hamlisch’s music since his untimely death in 2012, including a recent benefit performance for the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society at New York City’s Hudson Theatre.

It is the start of the Annapolis Chorale’s performing season and the 170 members of this popular ensemble were on hand along with the women’s ensemble Cantori, the Annapolis Youth Chorus, the 7th and 8th grade choirs from Wiley H. Bates Middle School and members of the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis’ Second Stage.

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Final Rehearsal before the 9/21 season opener with the Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

Bernard Dotson

Bernard Dotson

Thanks to Bernard Doston; he wrote: Saturday, September 21st, I had the honor of singing in a tribute concert to one of the greatest composers of our time and multi award winner Mr Marvin Hamlisch. The evening was filled  with music from stage and screen and assembled some of the most extraordinary musicians and singers, that included a choir of over 170 children and adults.

I had the pleasure to sing songs from the musicals “Sweet Smell Of Success” and They’re Playing Our Song”.

I met Marvin when I was cast in “Sweet Smell Of Success” on Broadway. He and the lyricist Craig Carnelia allowed me to introduce the song “Laughing All The Way To The Bank”. Just the three of us in a room with Marvin playing the piano, it was thrilling. Marvin was a true artist and was really concerned about how I felt about the song and allowed me to bring myself to the number. His music allows you to dig deep in your soul and sing with joy and a great deal of passion. Being invited to sing at the concert with  this unbelievably talented group is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. May Marvin Hamlisch’s music live on for generations to come. Bernard Dotson

Mr. Hamlisch wrote music that is part of the American soundtrack. He scored 45 films and eight musicals. He composed some of the most memorable pop songs, including Barbra Streisand’s hit, “The Way We Were” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better,” which was included in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.” He also wrote music for Broadway classic “A Chorus Line,” which featured “What I Did for Love.”

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During his career, he won an unprecedented three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys and two Golden Globe awards. At the time of his death, Mr. Hamlisch was hard at work on yet another Broadway show and had also authored a children’s book: “Marvin Makes Music’ which was posthumously released. An E-Book version of his book “The Way I Was” will be released shortly. The BFI – London Film Festival will show the documentary about Marvin Hamlisch. PBS will also show the documentary in their series: American Masters.

Live Arts Maryland is a non-profit arts organization that is passionate about making life in our community better by presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, Cantori, a women’s ensemble, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus. It is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.

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6 comments

  1. Working with Marvin on his last Musical “”The Nutty Professor” was absolutely the most special experience of my career. Getting to work with a legendary composer, who I had admired all my life and then finding out that he was the kindest, most generous, funny and wonderful man, was incredible. We miss him every day. And getting to sing his gorgeous music is always such a treat. The concert this weekend in Annapolis was really special. Marvin has connected an amazing group of performers, most of us who knew him from different projects, and brought all of us together with his gorgeous music and our love and respect for him. I can say that he truly surrounded himself with beautiful people, especially his wife Terre. We love you marvin!

  2. I’ve seen a few of these this past year and have been so moved by everyone’s talent and love and support of one another, and for Marvin, each and every time. Now, getting to be a part of it was just so incredible and special. I honestly can’t remember the last artistic experience I had where I was so overwhelmed not just by the enormity of everyone’s talents but also the generosity of everyone’s heart. A rare combination.

  3. I don’t really have the words for the emotions that I am feeling right now. I do know that God has blessed me to be a part of something extraordinary!! The experience taught me to trust where I am and learn from the amazing people and the unbelievable performers that you are. I am in AWE of all of you and tearing up at the joy last night brought me. I am honored to have witnessed your brilliance. I love you all. Bernard Dotson (Bed Breaker)

  4. Wishing great joy to the participants and to the audience!
    Marvin was a talent and a special friend who comes along once in a lifetime!
    How lucky we are to have his music, and to have sweet memories of this marvelous musician!
    Thanks to Terre and to Ernie and to all of you for remembering and honoring
    Marvin!

  5. We are so happy to be presenting this concert to open our season. I am one of the VERY fortunate people who not only got to work with Marvin but to get to know him. He was one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met and he left an indelible mark on me not just as a musician but as a person as well!!

    I am truly honored to be able to share this stage with my friends, who were also Marvin’s friends, and remember his impact on our lives!

    Marvin’s amazing wife Terre has been there every step of the way helping to make these concerts happen. Terre -- we couldn’t do it without you!! Thanks for sharing Marvin and his music with us all… Love -- E