New Jersey Youth Symphony to Present Hamlisch’s “Anatomy of Peace”


On Saturday, February 26, “Anatomy of Peace” — the only symphony ever written by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch — will make its East Coast premiere at a Concert for Peace at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey.

Inspired by the book “Anatomy of Peace” by author Emery Reve, Hamlisch’s 25-minute symphony premiered in 1991 and was subsequently played in London and Paris.

Thanks to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the piece will be heard again. The New Jersey Youth Chorus will join the symphony in what Helen H. Cha-Pyo, Wharton’s artistic director and principal conductor, calls “a moving tribute to the ideals of peace and how we can transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable and harmonious.”

The concert will also include Leonard Bernstein’s “Jeremiah.”

“I know Marvin would be honored to be with Bernstein, his idol,” said Terre Blair Hamlisch, Mr. Hamlisch’s widow. “And he would be thrilled by the New Jersey Youth Symphony, one of the finest in the country, and by the youth choir. He would be very moved that youth are expressing his message… he wanted something to unify us in our own humanity.”

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Pictured: Helen H. Cha-Pyo and Terre Blair Hamlisch