Live Arts Maryland Celebrates Composer Marvin Hamlisch on September 21

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Live Arts Maryland welcomes six of Broadway's hottest young starts and two red-hot concert stage performers for "One Singular Sensation - A Celebration of the Music of Marvin Hamlisch."

Marissa McGowan

I was very fortunate to have known and worked with Marvin. He was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met and was a mentor, colleague and, most importantly, a great friend. -J. Ernest Green

Annapolis has never seen a gathering of this many Broadway performers on one stage. When Live Arts Maryland opens its 2013-2014 season on Saturday September 21 at 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall, Music Director J. Ernest Green will welcome six of Broadway’s hottest young stars and two red-hot concert stage performers for “One Singular Sensation – A Celebration of the Music of Marvin Hamlisch.”

“I am very excited about this concert,” says Green. “I was very fortunate to have known and worked with Marvin. He was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met and was a mentor, colleague and, most importantly, a great friend.” Green and these soloists have participated in several concerts of Mr. Hamlisch’s music since his untimely death in 2012, including a recent benefit performance for the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society at New York City’s Hudson Theatre.

The eight performers joining Live Arts Maryland for this special event are all veterans of Broadway, off-Broadway, cabarets and the concert hall stage. Some have also appeared on popular TV shows. They are Klea Blackhurst, Bernard Dotson, Jon Fletcher, Marissa McGowan and Valerie Lemon, an accomplished cabaret singer and one of Mr. Hamlisch’s long-time vocal soloists. Pianists Kevin Cole and Peter Dugan have both participated in previous tributes to Mr. Hamlisch to great acclaim, as did red-hot violinist Charles Yang. Together, they, along with Mr. Green, have created a fitting celebration of one of America’s best and most prolific composers.

It is the start of the Annapolis Chorale’s performing season and the 170 members of this popular ensemble will be on hand along with the women’s ensemble Cantori, the Annapolis Youth Chorus, the 7th and 8th grade choirs from Wiley H. Bates Middle School and members of the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis’ Second Stage.

Mr. Hamlisch wrote music that is part of the American soundtrack. He scored 45 films and eight musicals. He composed some of the most memorable pop songs, including Barbra Streisand’s hit, “The Way We Were” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better,” which was included in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.” He also wrote music for Broadway classic “A Chorus Line,” which featured “What I Did for Love.”

During his career, he won an unprecedented three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys and two Golden Globe awards. At the time of his death, Mr. Hamlisch was hard at work on yet another Broadway show and had also authored a children’s book.

Single tickets for this one-night-only concert start at $25 and are available at the Maryland Hall Box Office by calling 410-280-5640 or online at http://www.marylandhall.org. The Student Rush ticket program is active for this concert. Students over 18 with valid IDs may visit the box office a half-hour before curtain to receive a free ticket. Students under 18 do not need a valid ID.

Live Arts Maryland is a non-profit arts organization that is passionate about making life in our community better by presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, Cantori, a women’s ensemble, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus. It is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.

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