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Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies At 68

LOS ANGELES (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – 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.

Family spokesman Jason Lee says Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren’t being released.

Hamlisch’s career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood. His movies included “The Way We Were” and “Sophie’s Choice.”

He won three Academy Awards, four Emmys and a Tony.

Hamlisch was a special guest artist as part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s grand opening concerts at the opening of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in September, 1989.

Hamlisch had been a frequent guest artist and guest conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for many years, including several Gala performances and many DSO Pops performances.

The DSO released the following statement on Tuesday:

All of us at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are shocked and saddened by the new this morning of the passing of Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch.

 Marvin was a consummate musician and composer who in many ways revolutionized theater music, film scoring and popular song.

 Marvin brought unrivalled professionalism and skill to his musical leadership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Pops series. His natural grace at the piano, his humor and his elegant style in many genres of music delighted and charmed audiences, and impressed his fellow musicians the world over.

 Everyone at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra sends our deepest condolences to Marvin’s family, friends and professional colleagues. Marvin Hamlisch was a true American original who will be deeply missed.

Hamlisch leaves behind a legacy in film and music that transcended far beyond notes on the page. As illustrative as the scenes playing out in front of the music, his scores helped define some of Hollywood’s most iconic works.

PLAY: KRLD Interview with Marvin Hamlisch from August 2010

WATCH: CBS 11’s interview with Marvin Hamlisch from May 2012

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