“Just as we used to do with Marvin in concert.” — Michael Berkowitz, Conductor, The Santa Rosa Symphony.
Santa Rosa, CA — On Oct 26, 2014, The Santa Rosa Symphony continued their 10th anniversary celebration of the POPS series, under the baton of Maestro Michael Berkowitz at the Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center in Santa Rosa, Ca. They celebrated the body of work of two musical legends: The Great Barbra Streisand and Composer Marvin Hamlisch.
Beginning with their first meeting on the 1964 Broadway production of Funny Girl, Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand were fast friends and immediate collaborators. From The Way We Were to conducting Barbra’s 1994 legendary comeback tour, right up until Marvin’s untimely passing in 2012, these two legends created some of the world’s most memorable musical moments
“The concert was a true celebration of the joy and laughter and the music that made Composer Marvin Hamlisch a legend, and the wonderful unforgettable songs of the Singer, Actress, Director, wonderful diva Barbra Streisand”
The symphony was joined by the amazing Haven Burton, star of Broadway’s Shrek, Legally Blonde The Musical, and Rent who was really inspired by the muse of these two musical legends
Michael Berkowitz began performing as a drummer at the age of 11 in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. After studying music at Indiana University, he began touring with Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, and Henry Mancini. Mancini persuaded him to move to Los Angeles, where he became one of the city’s busiest studio musicians, working with stars such as Gloria Estefan, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, Helen Reddy, Seals and Crofts, and The Association. READ MORE
“Fantastic concert and it was wonderful conducting Marvin’s music and arrangements once again. Very emotional ending where we did the number ONE with a group of 16 young performers in full costume and choreography followed with IF YOU REALLY KNEW ME as an encore. Just as we used to do with Marvin in concert.”- Michael Berkowitz, Conductor, The Santa Rosa Symphony.