Pasadena Symphony and POPS & Bank of America Present a Free Concert Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch
The Pasadena Symphony and POPS presents its free annual concert on the steps of Pasadena’s City Hall, Bank of America’s Music Under the Stars on Saturday, September 22 with pre-concert activities beginning at 5:30pm and concert performance at 7:00pm. This year’s concert features a special tribute to the late Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch, including selection from A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song, “Nobody Does It Better,” “The Way We Were,” “Through the Eyes of Love” as well as music by the people that inspired him: the Gershwin’s, Jule Styne, and others. Jason Alexander, best known as George from television’s Seinfeld, and conductor Larry Blank, who worked with Hamlisch throughout his entire career, will co-host the evening.
“Marvin was a national treasure,” explained Paul Jan Zdunek, CEO of the Pasadena Symphony Association. “His passing last month came as a sudden shock, and we wanted to take this as an opportunity to celebrate his life and music for our community and his fans.”
Hamlisch rose to international fame in the 1970s with his remarkable film scores and compositions. His adaptations of Scott Joplin’s music for the 1973 blockbuster The Sting brought a nationwide resurgence of ragtime. His song “The Way We Were” became Barbra Streisand’s first #1 hit and helped define her career. His Broadway shows, including A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song, and The Sweet Smell of Success, won over fans and critics alike. Later in life, Hamlisch’s deep knowledge of American music and affable stage presence made him one of the most sought after pops conductors; he was Principal Pops Conductor with six orchestras, including the Pasadena POPS.
The free concert will feature selections from Marvin’s long career performed by the orchestra and a roster of guest artists. Jason Alexander, who recently starred in a revival of Hamlisch’s musical They’re Playing Our Song with his Reprise Theatre Company, will be the evening’s host and emcee. Larry Blank, who was selected by Hamlisch to conduct his musicals on Broadway and international tours, will conduct the orchestra and co-host. Broadway stars Lisa Vroman and Valerie Perri will join the orchestra as soloists, and Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown will perform a piano tribute to Hamlisch.
The concert will be held on the steps of Pasadena’s City Hall, and guests may sit in the courtyard and surrounding areas. Chairs will be available to rent for $3, or people may bring their own low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Pre-concert activities will begin at 5:30pm, including a musical instrument “petting zoo,” family entertainment with Jamie Shaheen, gourmet food trucks, and the Pasadena Humane Society Adoption Truck. The concert begins at 7:00pm. Music Under the Stars is presented with support from Bank of America, the City of Pasadena, Los Angeles Times, and Noor Events. For more information, contact the Pasadena Symphony Association Box Office at 626.793.7172 or visit them online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org.
IF YOU GO:
- What: Music Under the Stars with the Pasadena Symphony and POPS
- Who: Jason Alexander, host & emcee | Larry Blank, co-host & conductor | Lisa Vroman, soprano | Valerie Perri, soprano | Jason Robert Brown, piano
- When: Saturday, September 22 | Pre-concert activities begin @ 5:30pm | Concert begins @ 7:00pm
- Where: Pasadena’s City Hall | 100 N Garfield Ave, Pasadena
- Cost: Free
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Pasadena Symphony Association
Pasadena Symphony & POPS
Contact: Ivan Schustak
(626) 793-7172 x13
September 12, 2012