When the Pasadena Pops quickly signed Michael Feinstein to be its principal Pops conductor in 2013 following the death of his predecessor, Marvin Hamlisch, it looked like a coup and a gamble.
The composer-conductor is subject of 'Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love.' He and his songs for theater ('A Chorus Line') and film ('The Way We Were') are recalled by the likes of Barbra Streisand. Marvin Hamlisch was a 6-year-old prodigy when he was accepted into the Juilliard School of Music. Show More Summary
Singer and pianist Michael Feinstein will conduct an orchestra for the first time, replacing the late Marvin Hamlisch When the Pasadena Pops kicks off its summer season of concerts at the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia on Saturday, it will be led by a music director and conductor who has never even played in an orchestra, much less conducted one.
Before he died in August at the age of 68, Marvin Hamlisch recorded a brief cameo for "The Simpsons," playing a version of himself in an episode involving Abe Simpson's hidden past. On Sunday, the episode finally aired on Fox, making Hamlisch's vocal role a posthumous performance for the late conductor and composer.
The late Marvin Hamlisch received a tribute Tuesday evening in New York that drew a number of friends and collaborators from the worlds of theater, music and movies. The roster of attendees to the invitation-only event included Barbra Streisand, Neil Simon, Carol Bayer Sager, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin.
The singer-pianist accepts an invitation to take up the late Marvin Hamlisch's baton in 2013. When he takes to the piano on stages around the country, Michael Feinstein channels an old-school passion for classic American songs. With a seemingly effortless panache as well as a great deal of humor, he spins out tunes by the Gershwins, Cole Porter and other songwriting greats.
Michael Feinstein -- the renowned singer and pianist who specializes in music from the Great American Songbook -- has been named the new lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops. He will succeed Marvin Hamlisch, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 6.
Pasadena Symphony and Pops has scheduled a free concert on the steps of Pasadena's City Hall Sept. 22 to celebrate the life and music of Marvin Hamlisch.
Barbra Streisand had written herself a note to call her good friend Marvin Hamlisch Monday evening.
Given the march of time, there's most likely an entire generation that responded to the news of Marvin Hamlisch's death on Monday with a curious "Who?" While Hamlisch's compositions forged a deep link with either the stage or screen where they were initially heard, the songs often reverberated years after their release into pop culture. Here are five examples.
"The Nutty Professor" was the last stage musical that Marvin Hamlisch completed before the composer died unexpectedly on Monday at 68. The show, directed by and based on the movie that starred Jerry Lewis, is having its world premiere in Nashville through Aug. 19, with an eye on Broadway after.
Marvin Hamlisch, who died Monday in Los Angeles at 68, was one of the most honored composers in the theater world, and one of the hardest working.
Marvin Hamlisch, who died Monday in Los Angeles at 68, was an indelible composer across the entertainment universe, with memorable contributions in theater, movies and television.
As recently as July 11, Marvin Hamlisch had conducted a Pasadena Pops concert with Michael Feinstein. As an emcee, he shared jokes, traded patter, was in his element. Marvin Hamlisch, the stage and film composer who created the memorable songs for "A Chorus Line," has died at 68. Show More Summary
Thirty-four years ago, a composer and two actors bonded over a show. Saturday, they gather at the Pasadena Pops. It's been 34 years since actress Lucie Arnaz, comedian Robert Klein and composer Marvin Hamlisch came together to do "They're...Show More Summary
The Pasadena Pops has announced its inaugural 2012 summer season at its new venue, the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will revisit his 1979 musical "They're Playing Our Song" with Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein, and lead an orchestral concert by Michael Feinstein.
When Marvin Hamlisch met Rachael Worby: Marvin Hamlisch, the new Pasadena Pops conductor, runs into Rachael Worby, the old Pasadena Pops conductor.
Richard S. Ginell reviews Marvin Hamlisch's debut as principal pops conductor of the Pasadena Pops near the Rose Bowl
Marvin Hamlisch, the celebrated Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy-winning composer, will take on the role of principal pops conductor of the Pasadena Pops beginning in 2011, the orchestra said Friday. Hamlisch is scheduled to lead four concerts in summer 2011 at...