PITTSBURGH – Celebrate the music that made movies great!
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz will join Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch as he leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in PNC Pops concerts celebrating memorable songs from the movies.
The concerts, “Marvin, Dave & the Movies,” begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26; 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets, ranging from $20 – $95, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting the PSO at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Joining Hamlisch and Koz on stage will be the All-Star College Chorus, led by Robert Page. Colleges participating in the All-Star College Chorus are California University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Point Park University, Saint Vincent College, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College, and Waynesburg University.
The concerts will feature Hamlisch’s own Academy Award-winning song, “The Way We Were,” as well as other classics, including “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, “The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis, “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca and “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Hamlisch and the orchestra also will thrill audiences with music from classic movies, such as Psycho, An American in Paris, Laura, The Pink Panther and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.
Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility and substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 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 his third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and 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.
In a career that spans 20 years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. But as noteworthy as his body of recorded work and as entertaining his live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written. In addition to the 2007 Christmas album, Koz also released At the Movies that same year. Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone and crafted as a celebration of timeless melodies from the cinema, At the Movies spent 12 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and scored a second Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album. A year later, Koz followed up with Dave Koz at the Movies Double Feature CD + DVD, which included the original CD with two new bonus tracks, a new DVD and a track-by-track commentary. In addition to compiling an ambitious discography over the past two decades, Koz continues to flex his mass-communications muscles as a radio personality in two different outlets. On weekdays, he hosts an afternoon radio program that’s nationally distributed on the Smooth Jazz Radio Network; and on weekends, he hosts the syndicated Dave Koz Radio Show – now in its 16th year – in approximately 120 markets.