DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – He is one of the world’s premiere composers and conductors and we are proud in North Texas to call Marvin Hamlisch our Dallas Symphony Pops Conductor!  He’s won 3 Oscars, 4 Grammys, 4 Emmys, a Tony and 3 Golden Globe awards but he says he is happiest just being on stage performing and entertaining.

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For the past 2 years Mr. Hamlisch has brought the best of Broadway, Hollywood and beyond to the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hallas conducting various themed concerts. Friday and Saturday nights he celebrates our military with a special Armed Forces Salute just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Hamlisch will conduct the orchestra in some traditional patriotic tunes like God Bless America and She’s a Grand Old Flag but reminds us there are lots of very rousing and great American songs that are patriotic as well as the classics.  There will be a full choir on stage and at the end of the concert, Hamlisch will ask members of the military to stand as he finishes the evening off with special tribute songs to the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.  He says he hopes one day to perform these songs for our men and women who serve when all are home safe and we are not at war.

Mr. Hamlisch will return in two weeks for 2 evenings with Michael Feinstein as they perform the best of Cole Porter, Friday 6/8 and Saturday 6/9 at the Meyerson.

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Next year he returns as our Pops Conductor for the 2012-2013 DSO Pops season with tributes to the Wicked Divas and Frank Sinatra.  He is thrilled to be a part of the North Texas arts community and is impressed with our commitment and patronage. Fingers crossed Mr. Hamlisch will return year after year!