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 popsfund@pittsburghsymphony.org or send a check to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, attn: Pops Artistic Excellence Fund, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222


  • We have lost one the world’s greatest treasures. So remarkably talented and such a caring individual. He touched so many lives. Thnakfully he will live on through his music.

  • Dear All from the Pittsburgh Symphony,

    My name is Isabella Weiss. I am a current intern at the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, the summer home of Marvin Hamlisch. I am also a student at Carnegie Mellon University, studying Violin. This said, I feel I have a deep connection with both of these fine symphonies, as well as with Marvin. We are so devastated and shocked at Marvin’s sudden passing. He truly was a beloved friend and mentor in the musical community, and left an enormous impact on everyone he met. His inspiring musicianship and talent in both composition and in conducting have created an unforgettable legacy that will live on forever in his music. Marvin was a giant in American music and a remarkable person to interact with.

    We will all miss his enthusiasm, vision, and friendship dearly.

    My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

    Thank you, Pittsburgh Symphony, for this beautiful article and tribute to Marvin.

    Thank you Marvin, for sharing your gift with the world.
    Rest in Peace, Marvin Hamlisch.

  • Sure didn’t know him personally, but I sure liked his music and programs he put on with the PSO/POPS. My family & friends made it a family tradition to enjoy the Christmas POPS with Marv for almost as long as he did it, til’ December of last year. With European relatives, family and friends we last enjoyed his Salute to the Gerwins just 6 weeks ago at Heinz Hall……what an evening to remember! And remember we will, Meistro Marvin Hamlisch!

  • This is incredibly sad… and as many praises and awards and rewards as he received in his lifetime, the world will never, never be able to adequately pay for the gifts he has given us.

    And how devastating this must be to the PSO family. Not to mention his own family… My heart goes out to you all. I know my Christmas will be a little less bright this year, I can’t imagine how life will change for you.

    I look forward to whatever the PSO/Pops are planning in his honor… a musical memorial….

  • It is with a bitter sweetness that we say goodbye to one of the most talented song writer/conductor and marvelous human beings. His humorous repartee with the audiences and dedication to the music he wrote and loved brought us joy beyond measure. His gentile manner was one that can never be copied. My condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and audiences who will certainly miss his golden touch.

  • On June 23, 2012 Josh White, Jr., his wife, Sarah & Marvin enjoyed a 50 year reunion, in Pittsburgh, from when Josh & Marvin attended the Professional Children’s School in NYC. (along with Elliott Gould, Sandra Dee, Leslie Uggams, Christopher Walken & others). In 1956 Josh recorded, on Decca, the first two songs ever written by Marvin, “See Saw” & “Longing”. Josh gave Marvin his very own copy of that 45rpm recording after the “Gerswhin” PSO Pops concert on 6/24. Following the concert we were escorted backstage by PSO’s Jan Fleisher to visit with Marvin. Marvin told stories of school days with Josh as if they were yesterday. The attached photo from left to right includes Rich Dieter, Sarah White, Josh White, Jr., Marvin & Kira Lathrop.

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