People’s composer’ Marvin Hamlisch charmed cities across U.S.

Los Angeles Times — ‘People’s composer’ Marvin Hamlisch charmed cities across U.S.

Although much of his life had been spent composing at the piano, Hamlisch loved working with symphonies toward the end of his career, said Mark Niehaus, principal trumpet for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where Hamlisch had been a conductor since 2008. Hamlisch gave three or four concerts during the year in that city, building evenings around specific themes, such as the songbook of Richard Rodgers or pieces recognized during the Academy Awards.

During those concerts, Hamlisch would regularly ask four members of the audience to invent their own song title. He would then come up with up a new song on the spot that incorporated all four song titles, singing it and accompanying himself on piano.

He was the consummate showman when it comes to talking to an audience,” Niehaus said. “I haven’t seen anybody do it better.”

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