Lively Arts Names Marvin Hamlisch as the 2009-2010 Helwig Distinguished Artist

Posted on 7/20/2009 1:35:12 PM
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The Lively Arts at IUP is proud to announce that award-winning composer, arranger, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch will perform October 5, 2009, in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

This will mark the seventeenth Helwig Distinguished Artist Award recipient since the honor was created in 1987 by Florence Helwig in honor of her late husband, Wilfred E. Helwig. More information about the Helwig award is available on our website.

As part of his visit to IUP, Hamlisch will conduct an open rehearsal with the IUP Jazz Ensemble and will perform as many as three big-band arrangements with the ensemble for the concert. The IUP Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Kevin Eisensmith. 

Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize.

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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. His prolific output of scores for films includes original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.

His latest effort, The Informant, starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh, is scheduled for release this October.

Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony.

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

Hamlisch is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He believes in the power of music to bring people together. “Music can make a difference. 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.”