Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that its former Principal Pops! Conductor Richard Hayman died of natural causes at the age of 93 in New York on February 5.
“Hayman led the HSO as Principal Pops! conductor from 1977-1985, and although he
brought in such big name guest artists as Gloria Parker and Stan Getz, his
concerts highlighted the sound of the orchestra through his own arrangements of
popular Broadway, Movie and Big Band music ,” the release notes.
“Mr. Hayman went to Hollywood to work at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in the
early 1940s. He made arrangements for such movies as “Meet Me in St. Louis” and
“Girl Crazy,” and vehicles for the likes of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth,” the release continues. “Returning to Boston, he wrote for a big band; he met Arthur Fiedler in 1949 and
started arranging for the Boston Pops, which he did until the age of 90. In
addition to his work with the Hartford Symphony and Boston Pops, Hayman
conducted and wrote arrangements for the St. Louis, Grand Rapids and Florida
Sunshine Pops Symphony Orchestras later in his career.”