Marvin’s beloved Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will have a one-night-only tribute concert in his honor

PITTSBURGH, PA — On Jan 29, 2013, Marvin’s beloved Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will have a one-night-only tribute concert in his honor. Marvin was their principal pops conductor for many years.


PITTSBURGH, PA — 1/29/2013 —

7:30pm — A salute to Marvin Hamlisch

Heinz Hall — 600 Penn Ave | Pittsburgh

The program will be conducted by Maestro J. Ernest Green a longtime friend of Maestro Hamlisch. Also scheduled to appear with Mr. Green for the concert are:

  • Tony Award-winner and Broadway star Idina Menzel singing “What I Did for Love” and “At the Ballet”
  • Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein, the original stars of Hamlisch’s Broadway show “They’re Playing Our Song”
  • Singer and pianist Kevin Cole
  • English actress and singer Maria Friedman
  • Tony-nominated star of Broadway Brian d’Arcy James
  • The All-Star College Chorus, under the direction of Robert Page

Maestro Marvin Hamlisch during a performance with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for this special one-night-only tribute concert celebrating the life and music of Marvin Hamlisch. With three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys, two Golden Globes, a Tony and a Pulitzer to his name, Marvin Hamlisch truly was “One Singular Sensation.” His indelible body of work includes such legendary hits as “The Way We Were” and “One (Singular Sensation)” from the scores he wrote for more than 40 films and eight Broadway shows, including A Chorus Line.

Idina Menzel: Tony-Award Winning Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music. Menzel, lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, recently culminated a highly successful international orchestra tour. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, Menzel played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers of her time. Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster WICKED and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent.

Lucie Arnaz:  Lucie Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over 45 years in show business. She has starred on the New York stage in They’re Playing Our Song (Theatre World, LA Drama Critics and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards), Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grace and Glorie; in the London premiere of The Witches Of Eastwick; in the Coconut Grove Playhouse premieres of Once Removed and A Picasso; in national tours of Seesaw, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Social Security and My One And Only (Sarah Siddons Award); and in regional theatre productions of Wonderful Town, Master Class, Cabaret, The Guardsman, Annie Get Your Gun, I Do! I Do!, Educating Rita, Vanities, and Mack And Mabel, to name just a few.  She has appeared on television in The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons And Daughters, The Black Dahlia, The Mating Season, Who Gets The Friends?, Washington Mistress, Death Scream and six seasons of Here’s Lucy; on the big screen with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Oliver in The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe Nomination), Down To You, Second Thoughts, Billy Jack Goes To Washington, The Pack, Wild Seven and has lent her voice to the new animated fantasy about the NY Yankees, Henry And Me.

Robert Klein: For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film.  Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famed “Second City” theatrical troupe in Chicago.  He was nominated twice for Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album of the Year for his albums, Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter.  He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical, They’re Playing Our Song. In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein’s, The Sisters Rosensweig.

Kevin Cole: Steinway Artist Kevin Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of 20th century American music. His performances, especially his interpretation of Gershwin, have prompted accolades from some of the foremost critics in American music. “When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work…Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” wrote Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune. Edward Jablonski, author of the Encyclopedia of American Music and renowned Gershwin scholar, said, “Kevin is the best Gershwin pianist since Gershwin himself–no one can touch him.”  Cole’s recent symphonic engagements include appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra (Covent Garden Festival 2001), World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. The Ravinia Festival performance was named one of the 10 best concerts of 2000 by the Chicago Tribune.

Maria Friedman: Best known as a three-time Olivier Award-winning (with seven nominations) star of the musical stage, the heart of Maria Friedman’s career has been centered around the love and work of her dear friend Stephen Sondheim. She has played Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre, Fosca in Passion at the Queen’s (Olivier Award), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall with Bryn Terfel, and Mary in Merrily We Roll Along at the Leicester Haymarket. Additionally, in concert, she has played Sally in Follies and both Charlotte and Petra in A Little Night Music. In May 2009, Maria was honored to sing for Stephen at his 80th birthday celebrations in New York and Washington, as well as at the special all-Sondheim Prom in July 2010. She was invited by Marvin Hamlisch to appear as guest singer at the reopening of the famous Venetian rooms in the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco. Starred in The Invisible Man at The Menier Chocolate Factory. In June this year, Maria appeared as guest singer with the English National Opera performing Strictly Gershwin at the Royal Albert Hall. Maria’s latest appearance was in the proms at St Judes on 24th June.  Maria’s other leading musical roles include Anna in The King and I at the Royal Albert Hall, Mother in Ragtime (Olivier Award), Liza in Lady in The Dark at the National, Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Roxie in Chicago at the Adelphi, and Marian in The Woman In White at London’s Palace and also at Broadway’s Marquis (Theatre World Award). She also starred in the original London production of Blues In The Night, and played Hayyah in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed National Theatre production of Ghetto. Non-singing roles include Break of Day (Royal Court), Square Rounds (National) and April in Paris (Ambassador’s).

Brian D’Arcy James: Brian d’Arcy James is often recognized for his role on NBC’s SMASH. Brian plays ‘Frank Houston,’ Debra Messing’s husband in a cast that includes Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee. The second season of SMASH is set to air on NBC next year. Brian most recently starred in a recurring role on the third season of Showtime’s THE BIG C starring Laura Linney.  He also appeared in the pilot episode as Assistant District Attorney Wheeler in the J. J. Abrams–produced PERSON OF INTEREST, which began airing in September 2011 on CBS.  On the stage, Brian most recently starred in GIANT, a new musical from Tony Nominees Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa at the Public Theater. Prior to that he earned rave reviews in the Broadway play TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies, starring along side Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Eric Bogosian at the Cort Theater. A Broadway veteran, Brian received a 2002 Tony nomination, a Drama Desk nomination, an Outer Critics Circle nomination and a Drama League Honor for his star turn as ‘Sidney Falco’ in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. For his performances Off-Broadway, he received a 2000 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and a Drama League Award Nomination for THE WILD PARTY at Manhattan Theatre Club. He also received a 2001 OBIE AWARD, Drama Desk Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Backstage Garland Award, and LA Weekly Award for his solo performance in Conor McPherson’s THE GOOD THIEF.

J. Ernest Green: J. Ernest Green, a frequent collaborator with the late Marvin Hamlisch, recently conducted at Wolf Trap. Maestro Green is the principal conductor at the McClean Symphony and a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he has worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Maestro Green also recently conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra.  In February 2012, he stepped in at the last minute to conduct a Subscription weekend with the NSO when Bill Conti was unable to get there. Further, an entirely new program had to be created 20 minutes before the orchestra rehearsal began because the orchestra materials were not available. Green made his Italian debut this season conducting Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Festivale Barocco di Viterbo. He is also the Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland and the Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale.