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Tribute to Peter Matz highlight of Gay Men's Chorus show

March 29, 2003

A special tribute to the late Peter Matz, famed music arranger,

accompanist, composer and conductor, will be one of many highlights

when the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles returns this weekend for its

second show of the season at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Touting a patriotic theme, "Red, White and Blues, -- An American

Music Celebration," the concert offers a broad sampling of American

music styles, both classical and popular.

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Two songs in the show, "God Bless America/Color Out of Colorado,"

were arranged by Matz and Larry Moore.

Matz was best known for creating the orchestral back-ups for most

of Barbra Streisand's early recordings as well as her first two

television shows, her movie, "Funny Lady," and "The Broadway Album."

He also worked with Tony Bennett, Carmen MacRae, Rosemary Clooney and

many others.

For television, he was arranger/conductor for eight years on "The

Carol Burnett Show." His film composing credits include Sidney

Lumet's "Bye Bye Braverman" and dozens of other features as well as

more than 50 movies for television.

Matz was a dear friend to the Gay Men's Chorus, said Bruce

Mayhall, artistic director and conductor.

"He introduced us to many entertainment business people who helped

us with fund-raising and building of awareness of the chorus," he

said.

Matz accompanied the chorus on piano at past concerts and had

arranged music for some of the concerts, Mayhall said.

"He was very active in the community with raising funds for AIDS

research and treatment. In addition to that, he was a magnificent

arranger, orchestrator, conductor," he said.

Matz's wife, soprano Marilynn Lovell Matz, joined her husband

supporting fund-raising projects for AIDS Project Los Angeles and

others, Mayhall said. She will be the guest artist during the

concerts this weekend.

"She is a wonderful performer and marvelous human being in her own

right," Mayhall said. "So we wanted her to be a part of the tribute

to him, and share her great performing ability with the audience."

Marilynn has had several featured roles in film and toured with

the international company of "Hello Dolly" with Mary Martin.

The invitation to perform with the chorus makes her feel "joyous,

loved and appreciated," she said.

She, in turn, appreciates the chorus' tribute to her husband.

"It is indeed an honor," she said. "There are lots of people they

could honor and do. It also feels appropriate, because he

accomplished so much."

Show times are 8 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15

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