Columbus Dispatch - Columbus Museum of Art honoring Marvin Hamlisch via Photographic Exhibit (Apr 10 — Sept 6, 2015) -
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“The way he was — kind, productive, profoundly talented — is how colleagues and listeners alike recall Marvin Hamlisch.”
Today through Sept. 6, visitors to the Columbus Museum of Art will be exposed to the wide cultural reach and artistic legacy of the famed composer and pianist — who died suddenly in August 2012 at age 68.
“Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer,” with about 140 images by New York photographer Len Prince, is composed of scenes captured mostly after his death.
Such moments include those from plenty of tribute concerts staged nationwide by regional orchestras as well as high‐profile Hamlisch collaborators, including Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand.
Those performers and others also recorded memories of Hamlisch exclusively for the Columbus exhibit, whose audio components are to be accessed on‐site by cellphones.
Beyond the all‐star salutes, a few frames depict the subject in his youth — playing an accordion, for example.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the impact one person’s creativity can have on the world,” said Nannette V. Maciejunes, executive director of the museum.
“So many of his songs are a part of our lives.”
Hamlisch — one of only a dozen people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — is known for his lush, sweeping melodies heard in films and musicals.
He composed the music for A Chorus Line and co‐wrote movie themes such as “Nobody Does It Better” (From The Spy Who Loved Me) and “Through the Eyes of Love” (From Ice Castles.)
Central to the museum retrospective is a later image of Hamlisch surrounded by his prestigious awards and seated at the piano in his New York home — a shot taken by Prince, in his only interaction with the musician, about a month before the passing.
Arranged as a gift by his wife, Terre Blair Hamlisch, the brief shoot in July 2012 was intended simply to supply an updated publicity photo, which instead accompanied his obituary.
“Marvin was looking good. He had lost weight,” said Mrs. Hamlisch, a 58‐year‐old Columbus native and former WSYX‐TV (Channel 6) anchorwoman who will appear tonight at the museum for a sold‐out discussion and concert with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.
The always‐humble songwriter, she joked, thought that showing off the awards in the photo seemed “a little pushy.”
The 62‐year‐old Prince likewise remembers the modesty of his subject.
“(Hamlisch) did later call me personally to say: ‘Hey, Len, we’ve got a problem. These photographs are of some other good‐looking guy.”
Prince later crafted a 7‐foot‐tall composite of Hamlisch — just his face — using other images from the project.
It, too, is featured in the display.
Introducing the exhibit here seemed a natural fit, said Mrs. Hamlisch, noting that her husband — who joined the Columbus Symphony for nine programs — considered central Ohio a second home.
The collection, she thinks, provides a proper coda to a tuneful career.
“I hope people walk away with the essence of Marvin — to see his joy, his love of music,” she said. “It’s kind of like The Way We Were in a real way, isn’t it?”
Source: Kevin Joy at Columbus Dispatch ( [email protected])