California Arts Council

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Award-winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies; Was Also an "Arts Driver" for Arts License Plate Campaign

Published: 08-09-2012

Marvin Hamlisch, award-winning composer and musician famous for his movie and theater scores, including music from The Way We Were and The Sting, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for the Broadway hit A Chorus Line, died on August 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. Always busy with several projects, he had just signed on for an additional two-year contract as the principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, where he had been conducting since 2009.

Hamlisch's role as an "Arts Driver" in the California Arts Council's "Create a State" campaign to raise $40 million through sales of California Arts License Plates was just revealed to the sold-out Pasadena Pops concert in late July at the Los Angeles County Arboretum--the last concert he conducted, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

"California and the nation has lost a talented artist and amazing human being," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council, upon hearing of Hamlisch's death. "He was generous with his musical talent, and an extraordinary supporter of the arts and arts education, including the California Arts Council and its programs. He will be missed."

California Arts Council Press Release.


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