Last week, when we honored Carolina alumnus Alan Bergman at University Day, the music department held a gala concert where the students performed Bergman’s songs. Alan’s collaborator and wife Marilyn was also there. Their lyrics still sing perfectly, and their collaborators are the best in the business – Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch and more. So, it was an evening of great songs and great performances.
I had the opportunity to accompany our student Emily Spokas who sang “In the Heat of the Night,” which was the theme song for the movie and TV show. Quincy Jones wrote the music, so it was fun to play. Emily is a student of our wonderful new faculty member Louise Toppin and also a star in the Loreleis.
Here’s a recording of our performance: