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Helwig Artist Marvin Hamlisch Is Third in Grand-Slam List

Marvin HamlischThe Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the 2009–2010 Helwig Distinguished Artist, Marvin Hamlisch, in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center. Hamlisch will be joined for part of his concert by the IUP Jazz Ensemble. The concert will be held as part of the Performance Plus series on Monday, October 5, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.

As reported by Newsweek on Sept. 12, 2009, Hamlisch is one of only eight living artists in the world to win entertainment’s “grand slam”—an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award. The pianist, composer, and arranger has earned four Emmys, four Grammys, three Oscars, and a Tony, along with three Golden Globe awards.

Barbra Streisand, with whom Hamlisch has collaborated on several projects, tops the list with seventeen “grand slam” awards, with director Mike Nichols receiving thirteeen. Completing the list are Mel Brooks, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and Jonathan Tunick.

Hamlisch also shared in the kudos when the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to A Chorus Line in 1976 and was inducted to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2008. He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. Most recently, he wrote the score to Steven Soderbergh’s film The Informant, starring Matt Damon, which opened in wide release September 18.

Hamlisch was musical director and arranger of both Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England and the television special Barbra Streisand: The Concert, for which he received two of his Emmys.

“Music can make a difference,” Hamlisch says, “There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”

Hamlisch StandingTickets for Mr. Hamlisch’s performance are available now at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office on the IUP campus or on line. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the night of the performance. Tickets are $20 for regular admission, $12 for students and children, and $16 for seniors (62 and older) and for groups of fifteen or more.

For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Helwig Distinguished Artist is funded by the Helwig Distinguished Artist Endowment, and additional funding is provided by the Helwig Family. It is produced by The Lively Arts of IUP’s College of Fine Arts. Previous receipients of the Helwig Distinguished Artist award include Itzhak Perlman, Chita Rivera, Doc Serverinsen, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, and others.

The Performance Plus series is funded in part by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (pending state budget adoption and appropriations), Office of International Education, Liberal Studies Program, Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement, and the Career Development Center.

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