Pasadena Pops appoints Hamlisch new conductor

Posted on: August 30, 2010

In Saturday’s (8/28) Los Angeles Times, David Ng writes, “Marvin Hamlisch, the celebrated Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy-winning composer, has written some of the most memorable show tunes and movie scores of the last 40 years. Starting next summer, he’ll bring his considerable talent to local audiences when he takes on the top artistic position at the Pasadena Pops. Hamlisch’s appointment, which was announced Friday, marks the first time that the composer has assumed a leadership role with a Los Angeles-area orchestra. … The composer, 66, is scheduled to lead three concerts in the summer of 2011 at the Pasadena Pops’ new lawn venue adjacent to the Rose Bowl. … Hamlisch will succeed Rachael Worby, who resigned earlier this month after serving as the Pops’ music director for about 10 years. Paul Jan Zdunek, the chief executive, said that the organization initially had approached Hamlisch to be a guest conductor for the coming season. … His concerts with the Pasadena Pops are scheduled for July 23, Aug. 6 and Aug. 27, 2011. A concert on June 18 will have a guest conductor.”

Posted August 30, 2010