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July 13, 1986
Pepperdine University has named Roger Wagner, founder of the Roger Wagner Chorale, a distinguished professor of choral music. Wagner, 72, will serve as conductor of the Seaver College Singers, a 40-student concert choir. Members will be chosen by audition Sept. 5.
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May 16, 2000 | PATT DIROLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What's a nice Jewish girl like Judith Krantz doing in a place like Chanel? Buying, bubbeleh . . . and with all those bestsellers to her name, not on sale either. Krantz always wears Chanel . . . probably to bed, for all I know. Krantz's 10 novels have kept her in Coco's logo, starting with her No. 1 bestseller "Scruples," which came out in 1978. Now the Material Girl of the nip-and-tuck set is telling all in her autobiography, "Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl."
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1988 | GREG HETTMANSBERGER
One thing was made clear Sunday night when Roger Wagner conducted at St. Cyril's Church in Encino: The building is equally unkind to Grieg's Piano Concerto and Durufle's Requiem. Wagner led 21-year-old Jeanette Owens in Grieg's Concerto, in a performance that was generally cursory but competent. But any detailed discussion of the developing artistry of the fresh-faced Owens was obviated by the cavernous acoustics.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD
The Los Angeles Master Chorale's celebratory performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sunday was all about history-in-the-making, or, more to the point, history-already-made. With its program, "A Roger Wagner Celebration," the formidable choral group paid tribute to Wagner, the pioneering and widely popular choral director who died in 1992. Numbers counted for something, this being the 50th anniversary of the Roger Wagner Chorale and the 35th anniversary of the L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1986 | JOHN HENKEN
Something of an identity problem plagued Saturday evening's concert at Pepperdine University. The program cover promised the California Chamber Virtuosi, but director Henri Temianka went right to the source for his tribute to Roger Wagner, enlisting the Roger Wagner Chamber Chorale.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD
The Los Angeles Master Chorale's celebratory performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sunday was all about history-in-the-making, or, more to the point, history-already-made. With its program, "A Roger Wagner Celebration," the formidable choral group paid tribute to Wagner, the pioneering and widely popular choral director who died in 1992. Numbers counted for something, this being the 50th anniversary of the Roger Wagner Chorale and the 35th anniversary of the L.A.
NEWS
October 24, 1992
A public sing-along memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in honor of the late Roger Wagner, founder of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The singers' tribute will include a sing-along of Faure's "Requiem," one of Wagner's favorite works.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1992 | JANET BERGAMO
Fortunately for the Moorpark Masterworks Chorale, conductor Roger Wagner doesn't know the meaning of the word retire. Rehearsing under Wagner's baton for two concerts this weekend "has been a wonderful artistic experience for the chorale," said chorale director James Stemen. "He's truly one of the great choral interpreters in the country." Wagner said he tried retirement in 1986, after 22 years as founding director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1987 | GERALD FARIS and ALAN GOLDSTEIN, Times Staff Writers
Roger Wagner, founder and music director laureate of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, collapsed on stage during a Saturday evening performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Family members speculated he had suffered a heart attack or stroke. Wagner, 73, was given doses of glucose and oxygen and was "revived somewhat" before being taken by paramedics to French Hospital in Chinatown, Robert Willoughby Jones, executive director of the Chorale, said. The hospital said he was in stable condition.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1986 | ALLAN JALON
Several Orange County music organizations will join forces at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Dec. 21 to offer two sing-along performances of Handel's "Messiah." Roger Wagner, director emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will conduct. The Master Chorale of Orange County, the Pacific Chorale and the Pacific Symphony will collaborate in the oratorio in two performances at 2 and 7 p.m, Richard L. Tollefson, administrative director of the Master Chorale, said Monday.
NEWS
October 24, 1992
A public sing-along memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in honor of the late Roger Wagner, founder of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The singers' tribute will include a sing-along of Faure's "Requiem," one of Wagner's favorite works.
NEWS
September 18, 1992 | GERALD FARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Wagner, the mercurial conductor who became a preeminent choral music figure nationally and locally in the course of a career that spanned nearly five decades, died Thursday in France, his native country. He was 78. Paul Salamunovich, a former Wagner assistant who took over the Roger Wagner Chorale in 1991, said his mentor had died after a years-long battle with cancer that spread throughout his body after attacking his prostate gland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1992 | JANET BERGAMO
Fortunately for the Moorpark Masterworks Chorale, conductor Roger Wagner doesn't know the meaning of the word retire. Rehearsing under Wagner's baton for two concerts this weekend "has been a wonderful artistic experience for the chorale," said chorale director James Stemen. "He's truly one of the great choral interpreters in the country." Wagner said he tried retirement in 1986, after 22 years as founding director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
NEWS
December 19, 1991 | ANNE KLARNER
The Grammy-winning Roger Wagner Chorale will sing holiday carols Saturday night at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale. Roger Wagner started the choir in 1945. He won a Grammy in 1958 for the album "Virtuoso," and has been nominated 11 times since then. The group has toured extensively. "I played every state in the Union, some several times," Wagner says.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1988 | GREG HETTMANSBERGER
One thing was made clear Sunday night when Roger Wagner conducted at St. Cyril's Church in Encino: The building is equally unkind to Grieg's Piano Concerto and Durufle's Requiem. Wagner led 21-year-old Jeanette Owens in Grieg's Concerto, in a performance that was generally cursory but competent. But any detailed discussion of the developing artistry of the fresh-faced Owens was obviated by the cavernous acoustics.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1988 | TERRY McQUILKIN
The essence of the Requiem Mass, Roger Wagner explained in brief prefatory remarks, is found in the first word of the text-- requiem, which means rest. On Sunday afternoon, the Roger Wagner Chorale made a convincing case for that statement, as it performed Maurice Durufle's Requiem at Westwood United Methodist Church. Requiem is also the last word in the text, and Wagner shaped the entire work to culminate with an unusually serene account of the final "In Paradisum."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1987 | JOHN HENKEN
Less than a year ago, Roger Wagner seemed to many to be at the end of his career. Now, though, he is busier than ever, rejoicing in strong academic associations, numerous concert engagements and tours, and a new recording contract. For two decades, there was no question as to who was the master of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Wagner founded--and funded--the organization in 1964 and saw it established in residence at the Music Center, supported by the Performing Arts Council.
NEWS
September 18, 1992 | GERALD FARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Wagner, the mercurial conductor who became a preeminent choral music figure nationally and locally in the course of a career that spanned nearly five decades, died Thursday in France, his native country. He was 78. Paul Salamunovich, a former Wagner assistant who took over the Roger Wagner Chorale in 1991, said his mentor had died after a years-long battle with cancer that spread throughout his body after attacking his prostate gland.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1987 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
In singing Handel's "Messiah," there's the giant-size traditional way, the itty-bitty purist way and apparently the Roger Wagner way, which nodded at both approaches without satisfying either Saturday afternoon at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1987 | TERRY McQUILKIN
Hear a few bars of its singing and you are immediately reminded of the sterling qualities that have long characterized the Roger Wagner Chorale. This certainly proved true at First Baptist Church of Santa Ana on Sunday night, where the ensemble presented the second of two weekend Southland performances. A clean, pure sound, unanimity of phrasing, and a superb blend--the salient traits of the Wagner sound--were very much in evidence at this "Traditional Christmas Concert."
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