PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will serve up a smorgasbord of popular tunes when he leads the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall Sunday afternoon.

He will get a little help from a maestro who does his serving from the kitchen.

Hamlisch is a world famous composer of popular music while Andrew Morrison is the Executive Chef at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.

What would happen if the conductor of the symphony and the maestro of the kitchen traded tuxedo for apron, if only for a moment?

Well, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

Hamlisch is teaming up with Chef Morrison for a fundraising dinner.

The Fairmont chef recently presented the composer with a ceremonial apron. The five-course menu follows movie themes, from James Bond to West Side Story.

Hamlisch has music to match each course because music and food do have something in common.

“It brings back memories. Certain meals bring me back to a certain meal, or a certain place that I was at,” Hamlisch said.

Chef Morrison will conduct the William Tell Overture at Sunday afternoon’s symphony pops concert.

“Running a kitchen is probably similar in that I have a lot of people doing what I tell them to do and doing very little myself,” Morrison said.


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