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Remembering Legendary Composer Marvin Hamlisch

Host Larry Mantle with the late composer Marvin Hamlisch
Host Larry Mantle with the late composer Marvin Hamlisch
Collin Walzak

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He was a prolific composer who dazzled audiences with his unforgettable score of the Broadway musical, “A Chorus Line” and the scores to the films “The Way We Were,” “The Sting” and “Ordinary People.”

He also held the rare distinction of winning all top four entertainment prizes: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Marvin Hamlisch’s unexpected death yesterday at the age of 68 has left the music world stunned. He had just recently signed a three-year contract with the Pasadena Symphony and, according to the L.A. Times, at the time of his death, was the principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.

Hamlisch’s lifelong career started brilliantly at the age of 7 when he was accepted to The Julliard School, the youngest student ever to attend the prestigious arts school.

Larry Mantle spoke with Hamlisch several times, most recently just last June, and remembers him as a larger-than-life personality who never lost his passion for composing, conducting or telling a great story.


Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s Airtalk

Michael Giacchino, television and film composer, known for his work on Lost, Alias, Up, Ratatouille, and Cars 2

Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer, Pasadena Symphony and Pops