Thank you all for coming to the Temple or being there in Spirit for Marvin’s Sensational Sendoff. President Clinton spoke, President Obama and Nancy Reagan sent messages and Terre, his wife, shared with us her life with Marvin and his tireless work with so many organizations around the world. He was truly a Citizen of the Universe. She told us, Marvin said he was the PEOPLES COMPOSER. There were 600 in the choir, which consisted of many of his peers, Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Tunic, Lucie Arnaz, and all those in the theater community who loved him and his music. When they all stood up to sing “Memories” and “At The Ballet” chills went through me. When the choir and the entire Congregation of a couple of thousand people sang “What I Did For Love” you could feel the Love in the room. We Rocked!!! Yes, Terre we shook the Synagogue for our Marvin today. His Music will Live Forever in all of us. As I was leaving, the Temple Director said to me and Fran Liebergal that he’d seen hundreds of services but this was the most moving and memorable one. I will sleep tonight knowing my assignment was completed. You came, You saw , You were a part of History today. Thank you.
In loving spirit Baayork
From: Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line)
Subject: Sensational Sendoff for our Marvin
My delightful memory of Mr. Hamlisch
The year was 1980,early summer, on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto. Venue: Ontario Place, my beloved soon to be husband and I loved to enjoy “dates” at Ontario Place, we would rush from work, having packed a picnic supper, and race to get a seat at this open concert area. On this particular evening, Mr. Hamlisch was performing, our arrival coincided with rehearsal still in progress. What luck!!!! While enjoying our supper, I noticed a young girl speaking to Mr. Hamlisch, she was several rows away from him. their conversation could be heard, she told Mr. Hamlisch that she had been involved in a High School production of “Chorus Line”. Mr. Hamlisch then proceeded to play “What I did for love” asking this young lady to sing, she rose to the occasion and sang beautifully. What a magical moment for her, what a magical moment for us!!!!! Last week when hearing of Mr. Hamlisch’s passing, I immediately recalled this memorable occasion. I am sad that this genius has left us, but hope he will rest in peace. I think of the young women and the amazing opportunity Mr. Hamlisch gave her some 32 years ago.
It has given me great pleasure to be able to pass this “little moment in time ” to you, somehow knowing that many other people will have their magic moment to pass on to you as well.
From: Mark Blackburn
Urgent: a ‘published’ appreciation of “the best Marvin Hamlisch song you never heard”
Kindly pass along to Mr. Hamlisch’s family — a ‘published’ appreciation of “the best Marvin Hamlisch song you never heard.”
I’m Mark Blackburn, a Winnipeg Canada writer with a thread (“call it a blog now, Mark!”) ‑It turned 455,000 “views” today, with my posting for my sentimental beautiful melody by Marvin Hamlisch that “no one ever heard-of” — the “Best Original Song” Oscar-nominated melody he wrote for Johnny Mercer’s very last film song. The song and the posting are ‘LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.’ Hope the family enjoys. Know that you are in our prayers. God bless, Mark Blackburn Winnipeg Manitoba
From: Dale Prost Subject: memory of Marvin Hamlisch
My son and I had the opportunity to see Marvin perform with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra back on May 14, 2005 at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. Marvin made that night very memorable. After making a comment about the number of young people in the audience Marvin directed a question to my son asking him, “Who made him come here?” My son replied that no one made him and that he loved the music. Once Marvin realized my son played the violin he invited him to come onto the stage and play the next song with the orchestra. Before the song was played Marvin encaged into a five minute conversation on stage. It was a magical evening. Marvin was so cordial and so warm to my son. A little later in the show Marvin commented on the fact that all we hear is the bad in our youth. We don’t hear the good and again pointed that comment to my son. What a boost it gave him. What a warm, passionate, and caring person. He will truly be missed.
From: Michael Mustillo Subject: Condolences
Hello from Europe. Growing up in Australia, it was the music of Marvin Hamlisch, that initial brought music into my life, and influenced a career in arts and music management spanning 25 years.I pay my deepest respects to this outstanding artist and musician, whose music will live on in all of us.We would be most interested in making a concert suggestion in Prague, Europe for a memorial concert of Marvin Hamlisch’s music.With kind regards my deepest condolences to all those that loved and where part of Mr. Hamlisch’s family. Michael Mustillo Prague Czech Republic. Europe
From: Larry Y — A New Yorker
My condolences to Mrs Hamlisch.
Dear Mrs. Hamlisch , I am an average New Yorker- I was honored to attend your husband’s service today- I am the people- the general public that was not on a celebrity list-all the press has called folks like me- my shoes had holes and my dress attire- was not GQ- but as a fellow mensch your husband was- I think Marvin would welcome and understand. When my parents divorced in 1978 ‑1982- when I was in elementary and junior high- and high school– I remembered the music of They’re Playing Our Song — Chorus Line– Marvin is my memory of the splashy romantic NYC of the Studio 54. Although I never met your husband the closest I got to honoring was singing “Falling” (They’re Playing Our Song) for Emanuel Azenbergs daughter at an audition- I am a mensch I am told — and I felt honored to be in the Shul today to sing along sitting among the crowd of people‑I hope my email brings you love and strength to know how much happiness your husband has given to me and so many-thank you for allowing me to come- I was afraid when I approached the temple as a stern man looked at me judgmentally asking me “Can I help you Sir ?” I said ‘Can I please attend Marvin Hamlisch’s service ?” and I was welcomed-in to the synagogue I had never been in before- I almost felt as if I was going to be turned away but once inside I felt welcome.
Thank you Terre for inviting people like me- I related to your husbands modesty- I always put other people before me- I think your husband was like that too- I related to him- a very unselfish mensch- god bless
with love and strength and gratitude … Larry Y
From: Marlene Klese
I’m sixty-seven years old; I am a grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of l, nearly two great-grandsons (the second one is due today!). Aside from having experienced a major sense of loss in my life over the years as we all have, there is no specific reason for my writing today.
Mr. Hamlisch’s talent was/is awesome. I didn’t know him personally but he frequented our home I can assure you! Until his untimely death, I hadn’t realized he was responsible for soooo many hits. His true treasure was his mind, not his financial assets! I decorate cakes and write poetry…those are things I enjoy but I’ve always wished I could’ve been a lyricist. Maybe in the next life…
So many were so blessed by Marvin Hamlisch’s presence here on earth and many never knew his name…just his catchy compositions or romantic words and music. His signature WAS his music! May we all pause to send up a sincere prayer of thanks for having been introduced to him…or at least his brilliant music! He was awesome…and I’ll bet he still IS…UPSTAIRS! May God rest his soul and inspire others!
From: Brian Joseph Maguire Subject: Beloved Marvin
I would just like to send my sincere condolences to Mrs. Terre and the whole family. It was such a privilege to sing in honor and memory of Marvin today. He was such a inspiration, and helped me thrive in my career — without even knowing. Such an amazing talent, heart, and all around person.
Brian Joseph Maguire
From: Leah Lim Subject: Was such an honour!
I was lucky enough to be rehearsing with Baayork Lee with the UK cast of A Chorus Line that was going to perform the show in Tel Aviv last Sept 2011 in London. Baayork surprised us one day and said that Marvin Hamlisch was in town and that he was coming to watch us run the show in rehearsal and that he hadn’t watched a rehearsal run of the show in over 17 years. I was besides myself that we’d be performing his amazing music in front of him. Marvin Hamlisch watched us and was the most generous, gracious, encouraging music composer I’d ever met and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to meet him. I send my prayers and condolences to his family & friends. It was an honour to have met him and perform his work which I’m so lucky to still be performing now in Australia with an Australian cast of A Chorus Line. Thank you for the music Mr Hamlisch! : )
Read ‑From Symphonies. Tributes and Memorial: (Marvin Hamlisch was their Principal Pops conductor)
Thank you ALL for your kind words.
Terre Blair and Family.