The Program “Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch” by Maestro Jack Everly — Now playing: Houston Symphony

There was only one Marvin Hamlisch. He was one singular sensation, and absolutely nobody did it better.

Thanks to Maestro Jack Everly for performing the program tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012) with the symphonies. Thanks for celebrating Maestro Marvin Hamlisch and including his beautiful compositions during his performances with the symphonies for the 2015–2016 & 2016–2017 seasons!

(The program includes selections from Marvin Hamlisch’s vast body of work for Broadway and Hollywood)

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Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

 

The performance includes many of his greatest hits, and shines a spotlight on some of Marvin’s own musical heroes, wonderful music that he loved but did not compose. — Jack Everly

 

Maestro Jack Everly.

Maestro Jack Everly.

Jack Everly’s words reminds us of Marvin’s “conversations” with the audience during his appearances. It also shows Everly’s love and admiration for the composer.

The program includes “The Way We Were,” “Ice Castles,” “The Last Time I Felt Like This,” “One” and “They’re Playing Our Song,”  “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows,” “California Nights,” Suite from “The Swimmer,” “Sophie’s Choice”  and music from “The Sting.” (He adapted the Music of Scott Joplin for this film.) “Nobody Does It Better” from The Spy Who Loved Me

Video: Music from “Sophie’s Choice” -


Both publicly and privately, Marvin often joked about his A-List composers, and these were the composers who composed music Marvin wished he had composed. High on this list was one of his life-long musical heroes Jule Styne: “Overture to Gypsy.”  Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim:Somewhere,” from West Side Story. The Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers were also on Marvin’s “A-List.”

LISTEN: “Somewhere” from West Side Story (Rendition by Sarah Brightman)

 

Jack Everly, is one of the top pops conductors in the world. He conducts these concerts not only in this professional capacity, but also as Marvin’s frequent collaborator and friend. The concert is celebratory. A Celebration of the Life of Marvin Hamlisch. Everly shares his admiration for Marvin.

Marvin was a very generous and giving musician and friend. His musical genius was without question, and his winning sense of humor was legendary. His loyalty and genuine desire to help others both professionally and personally is something that seems to be coming to light publicly in a much bigger way now, as one by one people come forward to share personal recollections of Marvin’s many acts of kindness.” — Jack Everly

 

Also acknowledged in the program: the Musical “They’re Playing Our Song,” (Book by Neil Simon, and Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager,) and the symphonic composition “Anatomy of Peace,”  (Symphonic Suite in one Movement For Full Orchestra/Chorus/Child Vocal Soloist.) This musical composition was commissioned and first performed by the Dallas Symphony in 1991 and later performed in Paris to commemorate D-Day. (1994)

Marvin won a Pulitzer Prize for his very first musical, A Chorus Line. One of Marvin’s favorite songs from this show was “At the Ballet,” and “What I Did For Love,” very personal to Marvin and both selected, along with “The Way We Were” as tribute during his Memorial Service.

Song: At The Ballet — Rendition by the cast of Glee:

Another cherished selection (to Marvin — and to everyone,) — is the musical composition  “One.”  — A Song performed at the Finale of the musical A CHORUS LINE, with all the dancers in glittering outfits and top hats. A smashing Finale for a wonderful show about dancers and their struggles.

There was only one Marvin Hamlisch. He was one singular sensation, and absolutely nobody did it better. Thank you for the music Maestro Hamlisch!

 

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Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch


 

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