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Marvin Hamlisch's Last Performance at the Pasadena Pops

Right to left: Marvin Hamlisch bows with Michael Feinstein and Nick Ziobro at the end of the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia on July 21, 2012.
Right to left: Marvin Hamlisch bows with Michael Feinstein and Nick Ziobro at the end of the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia on July 21, 2012.
Amy Gaskin

Marvin Hamlisch, the film and stage composer best known for his work on Chorus Line, died Aug. 6 after a brief illness at the age of 68. During his career, Hamlisch won nearly every award possible, including the Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Tony Award, three Academy Awards and four Emmy Awards.

Hamlisch became the lead conductor for the Pasadena Pops in 2011, and it was there that he gave his final performance. On July 21 of this year, just a few weeks before his death, Hamlisch conducted an evening of classics from the Great American Songbook with Michael Feinstein. The evening also featured a debut performance by Nick Ziobro, winner of Feinstein's Great American Songbook Competition and a budding young talent championed by Hamlisch.

The Pops, in a statement released after Hamlisch's death, said: "Marvin was here when we needed him with his vision and artistic guidance. He was a great friend and his music leaves an unforgettable legacy to the world. Marvin was a remarkable person and an incredible talent who will be dearly missed."

Here are photos taken by Amy Gaskin from that night, showing one of the great American masters doing what he loved so much.

Marvin Hamlisch speaks to Nick Ziobro, winner of the Great American Songbook Competition, during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on July 21.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks to Nick Ziobro, winner of the Great American Songbook Competition, during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on July 21.
Amy Gaskin
Right to left: Marvin Hamlisch bows with Michael Feinstein and Nick Ziobro at the end of the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Right to left: Marvin Hamlisch bows with Michael Feinstein and Nick Ziobro at the end of the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Right to left: Marvin Hamlisch bows with Michael Feinstein and Nick Ziobro at the end of the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Right to left: Marvin Hamlisch bows with Michael Feinstein and Nick Ziobro at the end of the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Feinstein perform together during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Feinstein perform together during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks onstage to Michael Feinstein during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch speaks to the audience during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks to the audience during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin
Marvin Hamlisch speaks to Nick Ziobro, winner of the Great American Songbook Competition, during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Marvin Hamlisch speaks to Nick Ziobro, winner of the Great American Songbook Competition, during the concert of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Amy Gaskin

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