Marvin Hamlisch (courtesy: Stephanie Strasburg)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and won a Tony for "A Chorus Line," has died in Los Angeles at 68.
Hamlisch was the principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra from the year 2000 until 2011. He conducted the orchestra on hundreds of occasions.
The National Symphony Orchestra released the following statement:
"The National Symphony Orchestra is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Marvin Hamlisch, the NSO's Principal Pops Conductor from 2000 to 2011. Marvin first performed with the National Symphony in 1980, and appeared in some 250 performances at the Kennedy Center, White House, the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and Wolf Trap, the most recent being last month. His musicianship, his humor, and his friendship will be deeply missed and the memories will long be treasured by all at the NSO."
~ Rita Shapiro, National Symphony Orchestra Executive Director
Hamlisch also appeared on WUSA 9 several times including October 2004, when JC Hayward interviewed the award-winning pianist, composer and director on his return to the Kennedy Center to lead the National Symphony Orchestra. In that interview, JC said:
"Music was in his blood. Inspired by his father, [a] professional musician, Marvin Hamlisch knew at an early age which path in life he would take. He holds the distinction of being the youngest student ever enrolled at the prestigious music school.
Hamlisch has won almost every major award, three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globe awards. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking show, 'A Chorus Line'..."