Pianist Art Ferrante dies

Worked with Lou Teicher on 'Exodus,' 'Apartment' themes

Pianist Art Ferrante, who teamed with Lou Teicher to record a series of 1960s easy-listening hits based on movie theme songs, died Sept. 19 of natural causes at his home in Longboat Key, Fla. He was 88.

With Teicher, Ferrante recorded versions of themes from movies including "Exodus," "The Apartment," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Cleopatra." They also recorded "Tonight," from "West Side Story" and the theme from "Midnight Cowboy."

Ferrante and Teicher, known as "The Movie Theme Team," performed together for 40 years after meeting as children at the Juilliard School in New York. The men played 9-foot concert pianos while facing each other on stage. Teicher died last year at age 83.