Preview: Cleveland POPS — salute to Marvin Hamlisch

Cleveland, OH —  Performance information: Friday, February 21st, 2014 8:00pm Severance Hall.


Prior to his 2011 performance with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra we asked Hamlisch why he thought A Chorus Line resonates with so many.

I think it’s because everybody in the audience sees a part of themselves up on that stage.” he replied. “Ostensibly it is about dancers, but it is not just about that. It is about anybody who has ever needed a job. It is about anybody who has tried to follow a dream, and I think that is just about everybody.”

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

Cleveland Pops Conductor Carl Topilow:

If you were asked to name one musical by the late great Marvin Hamlisch, chances are you’d say A Chorus Line.

I think the whole idea of A Chorus Line is amazing in itself, and it is the work that distinguished him and made him very special. All you have to hear are the opening rhythms and you know exactly what it is. It’s so iconic.”

On Friday, February 21st beginning at 8:00pm in Severance Hall, Topilow will lead The Cleveland POPS Orchestra in a concert dedicated to Hamlisch’s music.

Marvin Hamlisch, A Musical Legacy” features many of the composer’s most beloved music from A Chorus Line, Ice Castles and The Way We Were.

Watch: Josh Groban’s rendition of “Through The Eyes of Love” from the film “Ice Castles”

Topilow will be joined by three stars of musical theatre, Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson and Doug LaBrecque.

MH cleveland pops feb 21 2014 tribute

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Source: Cleveland Classical