Terre Blair Hamlisch wrote: “Thank you Jack Everly, Ty Johnson, Brandy, Marissa McGowan and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for honoring MARVIN this weekend ! My heart is with you all and filled with gratitude ! Love, Terre & Team Marvin Hamlisch
Indianapolis, IN: Marvin Hamlisch appeared many times with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. (Krzystof Urbański, Music Director. Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor ) – This time around, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to Marvin at the Hilbert Circle Theatre20 North Pennsylvania St. Indianapolis, IN with three concerts:Oct 24: 11am & 8pm and Oct 25: 8pm
The family of Marvin Hamlisch says: THANK YOU! Indianapolis Symphony musicians and management and crew! Thank you Marissa McGowan! Thank you Principal Pops Conductor Maestro Jack Everly and Music Director Krzystof Urbański!
At least once a year for many years (often two or three times a year), Marvin packed his bags and went to Indianapolis’ Hilbert Circle Theatre to perform his music or to pay tribute to other composers with the players of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “Marvelous Marvin,” “A Tribute to George Gershwin,” “From Broadway to Hollywood,” were some of the titles for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Pops Series for these visits. He was a good friend of the symphony.
On Oct 24 – 25, 2014, The symphony paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. The Concert was conducted by Maestro Jack Everly, their principal Pops conductor and a long time friend of Maestro Hamlisch.
The concert included Marvin Hamlisch’s compositions from his many musical scores for film: (The Sting (Film, 1973), The Way We Were (Film, 1973), Ice Castles (Film, 1978), The Swimmer (Film, 1968), Sophie’s Choice (Film, 1982) and selections from his musical scores for Broadway: A Chorus Line (1975), They’re Playing Our Song (1979), and Sweet Smell of Success
Guest Artist Marissa McGowan added her charm and beautiful voice to the celebration. (Worked with Marvin during one of his last Musicals before his passing: Nutty Professor Musical, by Jerry Lewis)
READ MORE: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch:
MUSIC FOR FILM:
“Marvin Hamlisch had an unparalleled musical career, as he won every major award (three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globes and a Pulitzer) and garnered a fan base of millions, across generations. Jack Everly and the ISO pay tribute to their friend – who made many appearances in Indianapolis – with a special concert weekend of Hamlisch’s greatest hits.”
-The Indianapolis Symhony Orchestra
Maestro Jack Everly:
A North American leader in symphonic pops, Jack Everly is Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is widely known for his innovative approach to programs that have brought new audiences to the time-tested and beloved pops genre. During his tenure in Indianapolis, he has added positions as Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Canada, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. This season, Mr. Everly will appear as guest conductor with the Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Detroit, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras. Read more…
Jack Everly’s comments about Composer Marvin Hamlisch:
Everly reveres the composer’s sense of melody particularly, and his ear for translating drama and character. Working with him, says Everly, “was always a joy.”
Hamlisch’s talent was widely admired: He was one of just 11 artists who have claimed the “EGOT” title, having earned at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. In addition, Hamlisch won a Pulitzer for A Chorus Line.
Those who have worked with Hamlisch also cite attributes that have nothing to do with red carpets and acceptance speeches: among them loyalty, generosity and humor. President Bill Clinton, at Hamlisch’s funeral, declared him “a goodhearted, humble and hilarious genius.”
Hamlisch got an early start sounding out tunes on the piano at age 5. He became Juilliard’s youngest student at age 7. By age 21, Hamlisch had his first hit, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” which was No.13 on the Billboard charts in 1965. He broke into Broadway as the rehearsal pianist and arranger for Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand, the same year. His signature versatility and musical prowess led him to compose more than 40 motion picture scores and eight musical theater scores and give countless performances as a conductor, a pianist, and with an array of collaborators.
Maestro Jack Everly:
“He was always attuned to the soul of what the song or the scene was truly about,” he says. “Only someone like Marvin could check his ego at the door and choose [Scott] Joplin or [Johan] Pachelbel over his own significant compositional abilities. He inherently knew their themes were the perfect choices to convey the emotions and tones in The Sting and Ordinary People.”
NOTE: Thanks to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Jack Everly for this tribute to Marvin Hamlisch! – Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Family of Marvin Hamlisch