Marvin Hamlisch’s passing is a tremendous shock to all of us at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was a true and great friend who absolutely loved the PSO, our audiences and this city. He considered it his second hometown and it clearly showed, whether he was taking in a Pirates game, dining at his favorite restaurants or patronizing stores.
His remarkable accomplishments as a musician, composer and conductor are well known and documented. We are indeed fortunate that he spent 17 seasons with us as our PNC Pops Principal Conductor, sharing his talents and creating memorable programs.
But there was another side to Marvin. He was a gentleman who always found a way to brighten our lives with his sharp wit, wonderful sense of humor, kindness and grace.
There is no doubt that our audiences will miss him very much. He cared greatly about them and worked tirelessly to create the best possible experience for our patrons.
Marvin was a unique individual and our world is a less joyful place without him. He will truly be missed by the staff, musicians and Board of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marvin’s family, and his wife, Terre.
Many people have expressed interest in making a gift honoring our beloved Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Last year, as a vision of Marvin’s, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra began a Pops Artistic Excellence Fund as part of the PSO’s endowment. This fund will help ensure that you continue to experience the high caliber artists you’ve come to expect on the PSO stage as well as the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow.
If you would like to make a gift to the PSO’s Pops Artistic Excellence Fund, please call the PSO’s Major Campaign office at 412-392-2887, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a check to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, attn: Pops Artistic Excellence Fund, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222