For Immediate Release
Aug. 7, 2012
STATEMENT FROM THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ON MARVIN HAMLISCH’S DEATH
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 staff and musicians at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marvin’s family, and his wife, Terre.
“We were lucky as musicians of this orchestra to get to know this man,” said Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, PSO’s principal oboe. “A lot of people didn’t know him, about his kindness to the musicians, staff and, especially, the audience. He really became a part of our city. He loved this city. He was here for so many years that many of us became close friends with him and his wife, Terre. I’ve been lucky that we had the opportunity to know them. We are all shocked and truly saddened.”
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