-- All Proceeds from Concert Will Benefit College’s
Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship Endowment --
FLUSHING, NY, April 23, 2013 – Like one of the memorable songs from his Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize-winning Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, legendary stage and screen composer/conductor Marvin F. Hamlisch was “one singular sensation.” A child prodigy in music, Hamlisch was one of only two artists in the U.S. (the other being Richard Rogers) to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. His list of accomplishments reads like a Who’s Who in Show Business.
Hamlisch, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Queens College in 1967, died on August 6, 2012. On Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm in the LeFrak Concert Hall at QC, Hamlisch will be honored with a special memorial concert by the QC Orchestra led by J. Earnest Green, Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland. Several distinguished alumni and four veteran Broadway stars -- J. Mark McVey, Christy Tarr, Donna McKechnie and Jack Noseworthy – will be donating their talents. Hamlisch’s wife, Terre, will attend as a special guest.
“The music community has been deeply saddened by the loss of Marvin Hamlisch, a wonderful composer and a dear friend,” says Edward Smaldone, ACSM director.
“We are honored to proceed with this concert in celebration of his memory, his brilliant repertoire, and his love of the college.” The concert had originally been scheduled for November 4, 2012, but had to be postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. Hamlisch was to have conducted the college’s fall concert; less than a month before he died, he had been in touch with Smaldone to review the program.
According to Smaldone, Hamlisch was very supportive of his alma mater. In 2009, he performed in a fund-raising event for the college at the Steinway factory in Astoria to promote the cause of “All Steinway School” status for ACSM. In 2004 QC President James Muyskens presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. A decade earlier, the college had established the Marvin Hamlisch endowment that provides annual scholarships to talented student composers. All proceeds from the May 5 concert will benefit that fund. Hamlisch was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 1987, the college’s 50th anniversary.
Tenor J. Mark McVey had a very close working friendship with Hamlisch. In addition to making his first public appearance at Carnegie Hall with the composer, McVey performed with him and some of the best symphonic orchestras in the world. McVey debuted on Broadway as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while on tour. He reprised this role in London’s West End and in the 25th anniversary tour of the play.
Christy Tarr’s first appearance on Broadway and national tour was as Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway credits include Annie – the 20th Anniversary Tour and Jekyll and Hyde. She has also done live and recorded work for major corporations such as Mattel, Allstate, MasterCard, Pfizer, Kraft, Magnavision and Comcast. Tarr also recently starred with her husband, Mark McVey, in the concert version of Amazing Grace: The Musical.
Donna McKechnie is an American Musical Theater dancer, singer, actress and choreographer. She created the role of “Cassie” from the Marvin Hamlisch/Michael Bennet musical A Chorus Line, for which she earned a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1976. McKechnie has never been far from the stages of New York, having most recently appeared this past January in 54 Below, a cabaret show that celebrates the popular music from the 1970’s.
Film, television and Broadway star Jack Noseworthy began his stage career in the national tour of the musical Cats. He has appeared on Broadway in the original company of Jerome Robbins Broadway and A Chorus Line and played opposite John Lithgow in Sweet Smell of Success. He received the Los Angeles Drama Critics prize and a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actor for Equus.
Tickets for the May 5 concert are $25 (general admission) and $75 (VIP reserved seating) at the Kupferberg Center Box Office, 718-793-8080 or visit www.kupferbergcenter.org in advance. Tickets will also be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.
As it celebrates its 75th year, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its over 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu
. The Aaron Copland School of Music was established in 1981, and today over 550 music students are enrolled in seven undergraduate and graduate degree programs.