Marvin Hamlisch, who charmed the University city with his wit and style when he visited the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts last year, will return to campus Wednesday, Oct. 26, to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Creative Arts Centers Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Soloists Doug LaBrecque and Rebecca Luker, who have starred on Broadway, will join Hamlisch and the Symphony at 8 p.m. for a program of Broadway music.
The concert is co-sponsored by the College of Creative Arts and WVU Arts&Entertainment. It is also made possible by The David and Chip Selby Endowment, March-Westin, Jackson Kelly PLLC , Centra Bank and The Dominion Post.
It marks the beginning of a partnership between the Pittsburgh Symphony and the University. Starting with the 2006-07 season, the Symphony will have a three to four concert series in Morgantown. In addition, Pittsburgh Symphony musicians will offer master classes and coaching for students in the College of Creative Arts.
We are thrilled to have Maestro Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops perform in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center,said Dean Bernie Schultz.Given Maestro Hamlischs eminence as a composer and conductor, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras world-class status, the Oct. 26 concert promises to be an unforgettable evening for our Morgantown community. And, as we look to the future, this evening will also mark the beginning of a wonderfully fruitful relationship between the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and West Virginia University.
This year marks Hamlischs 11 th year as principal conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops. Since he took the podium, the Pops Series has become a consistently sensational entertainment experience.
The program of Broadway songs will open with the Overture toA Chorus Line,Hamlischs Pulitzer Prize winning musical. Luker and LaBrecque will also perform the music from such popular Broadway shows asGypsy,The Music Man,Stranger in Paradise,A Little Night Music,Porgy and Bess,Les MiserablesandThe Phantom of the Opera.
In addition, Hamlisch will perform his”Rent-a-Composer”routine, in which he sits at the grand piano and ad libs lyrics and a catchy tune for subjects suggested by the audience.
Hamlisch is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and also holds the Henry and Elsie Hillman Endowed Chair. Hamlisch also holds the Principal Pops Conductor position with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.
The Pittsburgh Symphony invited him to conduct the group after he made several appearances with the Symphony. He knows how to put on a good show, always planning something new and different that is designed for the family audience.
Hamlischs life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As composer, he has won every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, one Tony and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show,A Chorus Line,received the Pulitzer Prize.
Among the Broadway shows Hamlisch has composed areTheyre Playing Our Song,The Goodbye Girl,Sweet Smell of SuccessandImaginary Friends.He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song forThe Way We Wereand his adaptation of Scott Joplins music forThe Sting,for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films includes original compositions and/or musical adaptations forSophies Choice,Ordinary People,The Swimmer,Three Men and a Baby,Ice Castles,Take the Money and Run,BananasandSave the Tiger.
He was musical director and arranger of Barbra Streisands 1994 concert tour of the United States and England as well as of the television specialBarbra Streisand: The Concert(for which he received two of his Emmys). He served in the same capacities for her Millennium concerts.
Hamlisch is a graduate of both Juilliard and Queens College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. Believing in the power of music to bring people together, he says:Music can make a difference. There is a gl obal nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by expanding this communication as much as I can.
He last appeared at the Creative Arts Center in April 2004 where he delivered the Universitys third annual Dan and Betsy Brown Lecture and also presented a master class for music students.
Tickets are $35 for the general public and $22 for WVU students. Tickets are available through the WVU Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center Box Offices, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at , or by calling (304) 293-SHOW (7469).