The public is invited to attend a free master class by award-winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at WVU s Creative Arts Center.
TitledThe Art of the Audition,the class will be held in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
The audience is sure to delight in watching Marvin Hamlisch coach young singers who hope to appear some day on Broadway, or even �€~American Idol,said Dean Bernie Schultz of the College of Creative Arts.
The following night, Tuesday, Oct. 17, Hamlisch will conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra and The 21st Century Platters in an evening of do-wop sounds and 1950s favorites. This is the first of three concerts the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform in Morgantown this season.
The Torray Symphony Series is brought to the Creative Arts Center through a partnership between the WVU College of Creative Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The series is sponsored by Robert and Nancy Torray, with additional support from William and Loulie Canady of Morgantown, in memory of their daughter Valerie.
As composer, Hamlisch 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. 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 Joplin’s music forThe Sting,for which he received a third Oscar. Hamlisch holds the position of Principal Pops Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
His previous visits to the Creative Arts Center have included a lecture titledMy Life in Music,a comical reminiscence of his career, set to music. With stories from his early days at Juilliard, to the big break that landed him in the movies, to his first meeting with Barbra Streisand and other legends, Hamlisch kept the audience laughing from beginning to end. He also performed songs from some of his famous shows.
Tickets, priced at $38, for the Oct. 17 concert with Marvin Hamlisch, or for the entire three-concert Torray Series package, are still available by calling the Pittsburgh Symphony Box Office at 800-743-8560 or reserved online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org .
They are also available the night of the concert. A special student ticket price of $12, with valid ID, is also being offered.