For the record: On April 28th, 2017 The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Kevin Cole performed: “Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration”
THANK YOU KALAMAZOO, MI, THE MILLER AUDITORIUM, THE KALAMAZOO SYMPHONY, THE ORGANIZERS AND CREW, THE AUDIENCE! THANK YOU! TEAM MARVIN HAMLISCH!
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,” opened April 15 through May 14, 2017. This multimedia presentation features 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 presented 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 also presented a free lecture program for the museum’s Sunday series on April 23, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. We are fortunate to enjoy all of these wonderful music-focused programs!
Ernest Green, Conductor
Sylvia McNair, Vocals
Judy Harrison, Vocals
Doug LaBrecque, Vocals
Kevin Cole, Piano & Host
Adrian Daurov, Cello
Gary Echelmeyer, Technical Director
Palmer Jankens, Sound Engineer
Terre Blair Hamlisch wrote: To the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra organization: Thank you from the depths of my heart! Thank you Peter Gistelinck and your staff and the amazing Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Musicians!
Thank you to the people of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Patrons and volunteers at the symphony. Thank you to Steve and Stephanie Gibson for their warmth and hospitality at their wonderful Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast!Thank you to J. Ernest Green, Kevin Cole, Sylvia McNair, Judy Harrison and Doug LaBrecque for the most stunning, remarkable, unforgettable concert!! I love you Kalamazoo and will be back soon!
Also thank you to Len Prince, my wonderful sister Charlotte Blair Jones and John, William Mitchell and Mary Mitchell and Carol Luper and Fred Luper! Your attendance made it very special! Memories… created.. Marvin’s Magic lives on!
The program included 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: