The orchestra’s Pops Conductor Emeritus passes away at the age of 93

(ST. LOUIS) Richard Hayman, the long-time and much-loved pops conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, died today after a long illness.  He was 93 years old. 

Hayman became the St. Louis Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor in 1976 and was named the McDonnell Douglas Principal Pops Conductor in 1979. Each season, he led both the Pops at Powell and Queeny concerts.  He held similar posts with the Detroit and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, the Calgary Philharmonic, and Orchestra London Canada and guest-conducted Pops concerts across the country.

Hayman was also widely regarded as an arranger and composer.  For more than thirty years he served as chief arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra, beginning during Arthur Fiedler’s tenure and continuing under John Williams. He also worked in Hollywood, orchestrating and arranging scores to such films as Girl Crazy, Meet Me in St. Louis, As Thousands Cheer, Coney Island, and Sweet Rosie O’Grady.   Hayman was featured on the soundtrack of Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces in a performance of his signature tune, “Ruby,” specially arranged and conducted by Marvin Hamlisch.

 “We are saddened to hear of Richard’s passing and the entire St. Louis Symphony sends its heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Fred Bronstein, President/CEO of the St. Louis Symphony.  “Richard has been part of our Symphony family for many, many years, and delighted scores of St. Louisans with his Pops concerts and performances.  He had a long and wonderful career, and we’re so fortunate that a large part of it was spent here in St. Louis with our Symphony.”

Funeral arrangements for Richard Hayman are not yet complete.

*Founded in 1880 and now in its 134th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.