In the summer of 2011, Marvin Hamlisch will take the podium of the Pasadena POPS for the first time, bringing a musical experience like no other to the heart of Pasadena. His musical scores are among the most iconic and inspirational works in the world and have garnered 4 Emmys, 4 Grammys, 3 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars, 1 Tony and 1 Pulitzer Prize. Hamlisch is one of only two people in history to have accomplished this feat. This appointment comes at a time of many exciting and successful changes for the Pasadena Symphony Association this year. The POPS has settled into its beautiful new venue at the Lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl and the Symphony Classics Series will open at the acoustically exquisite Ambassador Auditorium on October 23rd under the baton of Maestro James Depreist, who also serves as PSA’s Artistic Advisor.

We are so delighted to welcome Marvin Hamlisch to Pasadena and look forward to him continuing to position the Pasadena POPS, at its new home on the Lawn Adjacent the Rose Bowl, as the Southern California destination for exhilarating Pops concerts,“ states Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer.  In addition to Mr. Hamlisch, the PSA will be engaging guest conductors to round out the Pasadena POPS offerings which include a Holiday POPS concert in December and the annual Music Under the Stars concert on the steps of City Hall – free to the public. “After a dynamic ten-year tenure under the baton of Rachael Worby, we welcome Marvin Hamlisch to the Pasadena POPS as we build on the past with an eye to an even more robust future,” states Melinda Shea, President of the Board of Directors.

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About Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance.

As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, “A CHORUS LINE”, received the Pulitzer Prize.

He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for “THE WAY WE WERE” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for “THE STING”, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for “SOPHIE’S CHOICE”, “ORDINARY PEOPLE”, “THE SWIMMER”, “THREE MEN AND A BABY”, “ICE CASTLES”, “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN”, “BANANAS”, ”SAVE THE TIGER” and his latest effort ”THE INFORMANT”, (Sept.2009)  starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Marvin Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.

Mr. Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, “Barbra Streisand: The Concert” (for which he received two of his Emmys).

Hamlisch is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree). He believes 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.”

Awards as Composer 

4 Emmys
4 Grammys                                                       
3 Golden Globes
3 Oscars
1 Pulitzer Prize
1 Tony