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Trombonist Irvin Wagner Heats Things Up with a Medley of Winter Tunes
By Tourism Industry Partner
(Norman, Okla) January 18, 2011— The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents faculty artist Irvin L. Wagner, trombone, at 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Sharp Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
“I titled this concert “Winter Recital” because it will be presented during the winter season, and all of the music performed will be winter related,” says Wagner.
To start the program Wagner will play the “Concertino d’Hiver,” by Darius Milhaud. The composer Milhaud was French, and the title of the composition in the French language is “Winter Concerto.” Wagner found the next composition on the program during a cold winter day in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1976. “Sonata for trombone solo and basso” written in 1660 by an anonymous composer is recognized as the oldest solo for trombone that has yet to be found.
Next is Barney Childs’ “avant garde” work “Take 5” which gives five people musical tasks to accomplish through improvisation. Following is a performance of an old John Phillipp Souza era composition called “Cousins” with OU trumpet professor, Jacob Larson performing virtuosic brass techniques such as triple tonguing.
“A special highlight of the concert will be a performance with Mandy Jiran of the OU School of Musical Theater and myself as we perform, ‘Cry Me a River.’ The version of the song comes from the Broadway show ‘Swing.’ Mandy and I did this together on stage at Lyric Theater. It was a big hit and promises to be once again,” says Wagner.
An OU Jazz Combo joins in to assist Wagner in a medley of popular winter songs including “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow,” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Closing the program will be “Sonata” by John Davison. This wonderful sonata is associated with winter in the third movement where the composer utilizes the well-known Medieval Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come Emanuel.”
Wagner is accompanied on the program by Thomas Bandy, piano.
All Faculty Artist Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District! This concert is free and open to the public.
Please visit http://music.ou.edu/ for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101.
Contact: Holly Jones
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma