One Singular Sensation: Marvin Hamlisch, 1944-2012

“Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I remember the beauty and thrill of being moved by Broadway musicals — particularly the endings of shows. The end of ‘West Side Story,’ where audiences cried their eyes out. The last few chords of ‘My Fair Lady.’ Just great.”

Tributes are pouring in this morning for composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, who died suddenly yesterday after a brief illness. Hamlisch composed music for more than 40 motion pictures, including his Oscar-winning score and song for “The Way We Were,” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music for “The Sting,” which garnered him a third Oscar.


His smash hit on Broadway—A Chorus Line—won Hamlisch a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In recent years, he was spending a great deal of time on the podium. At the time of his death, Hamlisch held the position of Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. Next week, he was to be announced as the Principal Pops Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Marvin Hamlisch, one of only 11 people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award, died yesterday here in Los Angeles. He was 68.

Update: In a statement, Pasadena Symphony and POPS CEO Paul Jan Zdunek said, “During his time in Pasadena, he was beloved in our community and made an enormous impact with everyone he encountered. He brought a tireless humor and enthusiasm to the stage, and was loved by our audience, musicians, and staff. Marvin propelled the Pasadena POPS into a new and successful era, guided by his contributions to the Great American Songbook carrying on the legacies of Richard Rogers and George Gershwin. His was a giant in American music and a true national treasure.

“Marvin was here when we needed him with his vision and artistic guidance. He was a great friend and his music leaves an unforgettable legacy to the world. Marvin was a remarkable person and an incredible talent who will be dearly missed.”

4 thoughts on “One Singular Sensation: Marvin Hamlisch, 1944-2012

  1. What the fuck is your problem! I am scostith, I am working class! I do like the Monarchy and the french had a massive empire and nearly took over the whole of europe you dumb fuck! read a fucking book!And how did i pick a fucking fight! all i said was when queen elizabeth sings it she says god saves me! how does that tell you that i am an ultra nationalist english supporter that has some vendetta against America?! what the hell is your problem, You started this fight lol

    1. uneducated, You attacked us in 1812, whislt we were at war with many other nations, we still had the time to,Dissamble the French EmpireDefeat the slave tradersBurn Washington D.C to the groundWhats America done for the rest of the world?Rape India They’d all be in dirty hovels if it wasn’t for British advancements in buildingDrug China? The City of Hong Kong is a Paradise in a sea of Communism thanks to us,How do the flames of British fire taste Also, thanks

    1. Oh, so you’re from Saxony? What is your genetic bagrnkoucd? Oh, so you are German, mon ami? Very good English indeed. Almost like a native speak. So you like monarchs? Suppressing peasants and working people? Lords and aristos raping pesant girls? Must be a nice fantasy for you. Is that what turns you on? DEATH to al kings and queens. I spit on them.

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