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 Conductor Marvin Hamlisch to Perform Dec. 1 at SRU 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Oct. 20, 2005

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854; gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

CONDUCTOR MARVIN HAMLISCH TO PERFORM DEC. 1 AT SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Marvin Hamlisch, the internationally known composer and conductor who wrote the music for “A Chorus Line” and 40 motion picture scores, will share his life’s story and music during a solo performance on Dec. 1 at Slippery Rock University.

 Hamlisch, the principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, comes to SRU as part of the university’s new ING Performing Arts Series, launched to bring outstanding artists to the Butler County region.

 “Music can make a difference,” said Hamlisch, who won the Pulitzer Prize for writing the music to 1975’s “A Chorus Line. “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 expanding this communication as much as I can.”

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for those 62 or older and 17 and under and $7 for SRU students. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.sru.edu or calling 724-738-2091. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its versatility. As composer, he has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, one Tony and three Golden Globes, aside from his groundbreaking music for “A Chorus Line.”

Among the Broadway shows Hamlisch has composed are “They’re Playing Our Song,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “Sweet Smell of Success” and “Imaginary Friends.” He motion picture scores include the Oscar?winning “They Way We Were” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for “The Sting.”

 Hamlisch arranged Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour as well as of the television special “Barbra Streisand: The Concert” (for which he received two of his Emmys).  A graduate of both Juilliard and Queens College, he believes in the power of music to bring people together.

Connection with SRU

           The concert is Hamlisch’s that lastet venture with SRU. A year ago, he invited 15 chorus students to join the 11-university All-Star College Choir in Pittsburgh for a musical tribute to Irving Berlin. SRU had more students on the regional choir than any other university.

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