COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Central Arkansas will host An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch and the Conway Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.
As a world-renowned composer, Hamlisch boasts a wide range of accomplishments, including three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, one of the longest-running Broadway shows in history, earned the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.
Hamlisch is also the composer of more than 40 motion-picture scores, including his latest for The Informant, starring Matt Damon, in September 2009.
“This is a great way to increase the visibility of the university as well as provide an invaluable opportunity for the students and faculty who are members of the Conway Symphony Orchestra to learn from and be led by an award-winning conductor,” said Jerry Biebesheimer, director of UCA Public Appearances.
A graduate of the Julliard School of Music andQueens College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Hamlisch serves as the principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
“There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together,” Hamlisch said. “Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”
In that vein, he will conduct an open rehearsal on Monday, Feb. 8, before the show to benefit high school orchestra members as well as music students of the university.
Tickets are available at the UCA Ticket Central Box Office. Tickets are $30, $32 and $35 for the general public; $27, $29 and $32 for seniors; $25, $27 and $30 for UCA alumni; $23, $25 and $28 for UCA faculty and staff; and $10 for all student tickets. For tickets, call (501) 450-3265 or toll free from anywhere in Arkansas at 1-866-810-0012 or visit www.uca.edu/tickets.