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POPS to Host Free Concert Honoring Late Conductor Hamlisch

The concert takes place Saturday at the Pasadena City Hall.

He may be gone, but the world will never forget him.

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS will host a free concert Saturday honoring legendary conductor/composer Marvin Hamlisch, whose sudden death last month at age 68 devastated the music industry and music lovers alike.

Best known for penning the hit Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, Hamlisch most recently launched the POPS debut summer season at the Los Angeles County Arboretum as the orchestra's principal conductor.

“Marvin was a national treasure,” Pasadena Symphony Association CEO Paul Jan Zdunek, said in a statement to media. “His passing last month came as a sudden shock, and we wanted to take this as an opportunity to celebrate his life and music for our community and his fans.”

Saturday's concert will feature pieces from Hamlisch’s illustrious career performed by the orchestra and a roster of guest artists. Selections include "The Way We Were," and "Through the Eyes of Love."

Former Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander will emcee the event, along with conductor Larry Blank. Alexander recently starred in a revival of They're Playing Our Song, while Blank collaborated with Hamlisch on several projects.

Broadway stars Lisa Vroman and Valerie Perri will join the orchestra as soloists, and Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will perform a piano tribute to Hamlisch.

If You Go:

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 22. Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 p.m. while the concert begins at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Pasadena’s City Hall at 100 N Garfield Ave, Pasadena
  • Cost: Free
  • Several food trucks will be on-site, along with the Pasadena Humane Society Adoption truck.
  • Bring your own chairs or rent one on-site for $3.

For more information, contact the Pasadena Symphony Association Box Office at (626) 793-7172, or visit them online.

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