Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Marvin Hamlisch the composer of musicals such as A Chorus Line and songs like The Way We Were, has died,
The Associated Press says a family spokesman told The A.P. that Hamlisch died in Los Angeles on Monday after a brief illness but did not provide additional details. Hamlisch was 68.
We are so sorry to hear this news. Just a couple of years ago we were fortunate enough to see Marvin Hamlisch in concert with Michael Feinstein -- a very memorable event.
His career spanned film, television, theater and recorded music.
In fact, Hamlisch won just about every award available in each medium. He was hugely accomplished.
He was a 12-time Academy Award nominee (contributions to films like The Spy Who Loved Me and Sophie’s Choice) and a three-time Oscar winner for the score of The Sting as well as the score from The Way We Were and its title song (with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman).
Hamlisch also won four Emmy Awards and four Grammy Awards, as well as a Tony Award for his score to the musical A Chorus Line. That musical also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976.
Marvin 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 the San Diego Symphony.
Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbara Streisand's 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, Barbara Streisand: The Concert (for which he received two of his Emmys).
Hamlisch was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree). He believed in the power of music to bring people together. "Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."
The Way We Were
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Michael Ball
Light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? Could we?
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