Dallas Symphony and Marvin Hamlisch salute the Armed Forces

DALLAS, TX — Just returned from a splendid Dallas Symphony pops concert, with Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leading the DSO in a rousing salute to the armed forces. In addition to the expected — “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America” and a medley of all the themes of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard — Hamlisch, as always, surprised with some inspired choices to round out the show.

Armed Forces Salute — Dallas Symphony and Marvin Hamlisch — Memorial Day Celebration. May 2012

Co-concertmaster Nathan Olson performed a stirring set of pieces from Schindler’s List, then sparred with Hamlisch, who seemed astonished and impressed that Olson had reached that status at age 25. He asked him why he ultimately chose the violin rather than, say the piano (Hamlisch’s instrument). Totally deadpan, Olson explained that the piano seemed to him a “childish plaything. It has buttons, you push them and the notes come out.”

Other highlights included a rousing salute to George M. Cohan, a beautiful “Amazing Grace” with principal oboe Erin Hannigan, and all of the selections that featured members of the DSO Chorus directed from Joshua Habermann. A little girl named Prairie, who was celebrating her birthday, got to hear Hamlisch play “Happy Birthday” in the styles of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven (brilliant!). Birthday wishes are also due Hamlisch, who turns 68 next Saturday. By Joy Tipping / Staff Writer /Dallas News. Sat. May 26, 2012

Source: Joy Tipping, Dallas News.



  1. I’ve reading your posts for a while now. I just thought I’ll drop by and say hi there for the extremely 1st time. Keep going! Dave

  2. Tribute to Marvin
    your full orchestral version to the theme from ordinary people brings chills tome each and every time. I have been a church organist since 1968 starting on a self contained everette organ in the church basement. It was built so well, they could feel the vibrations upstairs for 10 rows back ! Your contribution to the music world is so awesome, I hope God continues to richly bless you and lets you continue to enhance our lives. thank you Marvin! Paul H