‘Sounds of the Season’ Returns This Thursday with Oklahoma Symphonic Orchestra
One of Yukon’s favorite traditions is back! The Oklahoma Symphonic Orchestra presents the ‘Sounds of the Season’ holiday concert on Thursday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium, 850 Yukon Ave. Lobby opens at 6:30 p.m., and seating opens at 7:00 p.m.
General admission tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly; Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E. Main; the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore Drive; as well as all YNB locations. Cash or checks (made out to the City of Yukon) are accepted. General admission tickets may also be purchased online at www.yukonok.gov/catalog (Click on “Special Events.”).
This year’s concert features EMMY Award Winner Lucas Ross, as well as the Central Oklahoma Ballet Company. Music Director, Dr. Irv Wagner, will conduct the orchestra.
Lucas Ross is an actor/comedian, beekeepers' son from Minco, Oklahoma. He is a 7-time Heartland EMMY-Winner as well as winner of a national EMMY for on-air performance. He currently appears as comic relief on Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate KFOR-TV. Lucas has appeared in feature films, as well as nationally on The Tonight Show, SyFy Network, Reelz, Nat Geo and Disney Channel. He won “Best Comedy Actor” at the National Independent Television Festival for multi-character performances in “Lazy Circles” an Oklahoma-based comedy co-produced with his brother, Marcus. Recently, Lucas worked on MARTIN SCORSESE’s Oklahoma-based film where he played banjo in a scene with ROBERT DE NIRO and LEONARDO DICAPRIO. Lucas currently appears alongside KERMIT THE FROG in American Banjo Museum’s ‘Banjo Roots’ program and has worked with Disney’s THE MUPPETS providing the banjo track for Kermit on multiple projects including a special performance of “Rainbow Connection.”
Lucas has worked on stage with Star Trek Voyager’s ROBERT PICARDO in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as well as opened for “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC, BÉLA FLECK and others in concert. He is a Deering Banjo artist and has released 4 banjo albums: “Son of a Beekeeper” “Banjo Farm” “Banjos in Space” and recently, “Aubrie and Lucas” which he recorded with his wife.
When he’s not making TV, Lucas can be found at the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown, OKC as their Community Outreach and Promotions Coordinator, where he develops educational programs and teaches their award-winning “Pick-a-Tune” class.
Lucas is married to Aubrie who directs the non-profit Heartbeat for Hope that brings aid to children in Ghana, Africa. They have two children, two dogs, one guinea pig and a turtle.
Conducting the orchestra is Irvin L. Wagner, a positive, enthusiastic musician who enjoys making good music in all styles. He is constantly trying to provide musical situations where the public and the musician can come together to share a rewarding experience. He views music not as something to be observed as if in a museum but as something to be felt, experienced, enjoyed and shared.
This concept of making music comes naturally for “Irv.” He was born on a rural farmhouse on the Kansas prairie, where he started singing gospel and country music with his family, played classical solos on his trombone from a very early age and played jazz while still in high school. These experiences lead him to be involved with audiences of every type, and he always strived to please the listeners and his fellow musicians in every situation. It’s no wonder that he now is recognized in the nation and the world for his contributions as an “ambassador of good will.”
Dr. Wagner enjoys an extensive career as a conductor serving as the Conductor of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra as well as a frequent Guest Conductor for such as the Austin (Texas) Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras around the world such as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe, Argentina, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Paraguay, the Russian Imperial Orchestra in St., Petersburg, Russia and the Cannes Symphony Orchestra in France. For many years he was the guest conductor of many, many Pops Concerts of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
Dr. Wagner is also a trombonist and has distinguished himself with many merits. He has made a significant impact on trombone playing completely around the world. He performs in all styles of music, be it classical or jazz, he composes, he arranges, he conducts, he teaches, and he serves.
Irv served as President of the International Trombone Association from 1982-1984, and during his tenure traveled completely around the world performing, teaching, and organizing national trombone chapters in such countries as Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Greece, and Great Britain. This activity around the world resulted in him being “the Most Listened to Trombonist in the World in the 80’s” as he was heard by more than a quarter of the population of the earth. This came about through his public performances in over 30 countries and especially through a television special in China viewed by over 600 million people and a radio recital in India heard by 500 million people. More recently he has performed in Greece, Brazil, and in Rachmaninoff Hall at the Tchaikovsky conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia.
Major honors have come to Dr. Wagner because of his untiring efforts. He holds two Distinguished Professorships, a David Ross Boyd Professorship and a Regents Professorship, at the University of Oklahoma. In 1988, Dr. Wagner was named “Oklahoma Musician of the Year” by the Federated Music Clubs of Oklahoma and the Governor of the State of Oklahoma. In 1997, the International Trombone Association gave him one of its highest awards for his significant contributions to the success of the organization. In 2013 the Association awarded him the “Neill Humfeld Award” for distinguished teaching, and in 2019, the Trombone Association acknowledged him with the very high “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Irv holds a Bachelor’s degree from McPherson College in Kansas and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He has been a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Sounds of the Season concert is hosted by the City of Yukon. It is made possible by generous sponsors who fund the event and make the very affordable $10 ticket price possible. This year’s sponsors include YNB, The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; Schwarz Paving Company; OG&E; Integris Canadian Valley Hospital; Ingram, Smith and Turner Mortuary; BancFirst; Yanda & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Services; and Wesco Insurance Agency.
For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit www.yukonok.gov/ChristmasinthePark.
Sounds of the Seasons is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov or call 405-350-8937 or 405-354-8442.