Holland America’s ms Amsterdam played host to composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Seattle Symphony

Monday, June 4, 2012
By Matt Roseboom
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Marvin Hamlisch, seated, aboard ms Amsterdam at the Amstel Cafe piano bar. Pictured with him are John Delaney, senior vice president, Seabourn (far left); Stein Kruse, president and CEO, Holland America Line (left of Hamlisch); and Ashley Brown, vocalist and broadway performer (far right).

Holland America Line welcomed the Seattle Symphony and special guest, acclaimed composer Marvin Hamlisch, on board ms Amsterdam last Friday, June 1, 2012, in Seattle for the organization’s annual spring recital. This is the second time the line has hosted this event.

More than 100 symphony supporters were invited on board for lunch and a special performance by Hamlisch, who showcased some of his famous piano compositions in the ship’s grand show lounge. Broadway performer Ashley Brown accompanied Hamlisch as a guest vocalist for the afternoon. Hamlisch is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning “The Way We Were” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for “The Sting,” for which he received a third Oscar.

Holland America Line is a proud supporter of the Seattle Symphony, sponsoring a variety of performances throughout the year in addition to the annual shipboard spring recital. Holland America Line also provides Symphony employees with the opportunity to attend classes at HAL University, a career and development program at the cruise line. Holland America Line recently donated shelving from its headquarters to the Symphony to enhance their library. Additionally, one of the company’s senior vice presidents, John Delaney, serves on the Symphony’s Board of Directors.

About the Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony, now presenting its 109th season, has gained international prominence with more than 140 recordings, 12 Grammy nominations and two Emmys. The 2011–2012 season is the inaugural year for Music Director Ludovic Morlot, who was appointed to the position in 2010. The Seattle Symphony performs in one of the world’s finest concert venues — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle — and is recognized for its innovative programming, devotion to the classics, and extensive recording catalog. From September through July, the Symphony is heard live by more than 315,000 people. For more information on the Seattle Symphony, visit seattlesymphony.org.

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