Bill Conti to replace Marvin Hamlisch as conductor of San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

Conti composed 'Gonna Fly Now', theme for 'Rocky'

SAN DIEGO - Bill Conti is set to replace Marvin Hamlisch as the conductor of the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops.

Though you may not know his name, you certainly know his music. From "James Bond" to the "Karate Kid," Conti has composed some of Hollywood's most memorable scores.

Just like Sylvester Stallone, Conti's big break came in 1976. "Gonna Fly Now", the theme to "Rocky," earned Conti an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

After dozens of scores, awards and years later why – at the age of 70 – would Conti take on the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops?

"This orchestra is so good that given the opportunity to be with the orchestra, it was an honor to be asked and a thrill to accept," he told 10News.

Conti's predecessor, Marvin Hamlisch, passed away in August. He acknowledges he has some big shoes to fill.

"I'm a really good pops conductor like others and I have a personality like others, so I'm bringing me and I hope that that will make me interesting and entertaining for everyone who listens," he said.

Conti's first performance of his three-year contract will be the Star-Spangled Pops over the Fourth of July weekend along the Embarcadero.

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