Dr. Irvin L. Wagner is now serving in his first season as conductor of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. He
is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma where he is holds the distinguished titles of David Ross Boyd and Regents Professor of Music. At the University he teaches trombone as well as serves as Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies. He also serves as Guest Conductor of the Austin (Texas) Symphony Orchestra conducting ballet performances and children's concerts as well as Guest Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras around the world that he has conducted include the Russian Imperial Orchestra in St., Petersburg, Russia and the Cannes Symphony Orchestra in France.
Before coming to Oklahoma Irv taught at Louisiana State University and performed in the Baton Rouge Symphony, and prior to that he was Director of Bands at McPherson College in Kansas and a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Wagner holds a Bachelor's Degree from McPherson College, as well as Master's and Doctor's Degrees from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman he was a student of the late master teacher of the trombone, Emory Remington The program will include marches, movie and patriotic music. Dr. Irvin Wagner will be guest conductor for the OCO on this program and he has a number of arrangements that work well with orchestra and band performing together. Several works will be performed by both groups together, and each group will also perform a few works by themselves. Works under consideration include the following: Morton Gould - American Salute, Thomas Knox - American Pageant, John Philip Sousa – Liberty Bell, Ron Nelson – Jubilee Overture, Cole Porter/Irvin Wagner – Perter Medley (Wunderbar, Begin the Beguine, Another Opening/Another Show), Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5, J. Strauss – Thunder and Lightning Polka, Bob Troup and Nelson Riddle/Irvin Wagner – Route 66, Irving Berlin/Hawley Ades – Irving Berlin Portrait (No Business Like Show Business, Say It with Music, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Easter Parade, White Christmas, God Bless America), Bob Lowden – Armed Forces Salute, John Philip Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever (Band and Orchestra together), The Beattles/Irvin Wagner – Beatles Medley (Can’t Buy Me Love, Eight Days a Week, Hard Day’s Night), Stevie Wonder/Irvin Wagner – Sir Duke, Leroy Anderson – Belle of the Ball.
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