Michael Feinstein to succeed Marvin Hamlisch at Pasadena Pops

Posted on: August 21, 2012

David Ng reports in Friday’s (8/17) Los Angeles Times, “Michael Feinstein—the renowned singer and pianist who specializes in music from the Great American Songbook—has been named the new lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops. He will succeed Marvin Hamlisch, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 6. Feinstein is scheduled to start his new job as principal pops conductor in the 2013 season. He will also have the newly created title of Marvin Hamlisch Chair at the Pasadena Pops. Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that this will be the first time he will lead an orchestra as conductor. ‘It will take an enormous amount of work and study on my part to prepare. It’s a delicious challenge and I’ll certainly be learning along the way,’ Feinstein said.” Ng reports that Feinstein “appeared with the Pasadena Pops in the final concert conducted by Hamlisch on July 21 at the orchestra’s home, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia. Feinstein and Hamlisch have performed together a number of times in concerts around the country, often playing across from each other on grand pianos…Feinstein said he is planning to program a diversity of music, including Gershwin, movie scores and pop music from the ’70s. The Pasadena Pops will hold a free tribute concert to Hamlisch on Sept. 22 on the steps of Pasadena’s City Hall.”

Posted August 21, 2012