Les Elgart Orchestra to perform as finale for Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series

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Les Elgart Orchestra to perform as finale for Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series

March 31, 2010

 Les Elgart Orchestra
Les Elgart Orchestra

The fabulous Les Elgart Orchestra, one of the few remaining “Big Bands” from the 1940s, will perform in Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., for the final performance of the 2009-2010 Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series.

Tickets can be purchased at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Tickets for this last performance will be sold on an “as available” basis at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The orchestra has and continues to entertain around the world, having performed at such prestigious locations as the Cocoanut Grove in Boston, the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and the hotels Astor, Roosevelt, New Yorker and Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The orchestra also has performed in Hawaii, London, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Guatemala, Chicago, at Disneyland and many of the colleges and universities in the United States. Elgart also worked on the Norwegian Cruise Lines, as well as the famous Mississippi Delta Queen.

He wrote the theme for the popular show American Bandstand, “Bandstand Boogie,” and was the award winner in Variety, Billboard and Cashbox polls as the “Number One Dance Band” in the United States.

The orchestra recorded more than 100 albums, which are still available on Sony/Columbia records. In 1986, Elgart was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame. Despite his passing in 1995, the organization and management are dedicated to protecting the band’s unique dancing style into the future.

The orchestra is now under the direction of former band member Russ Dorsey. Dorsey has recaptured the great sound and style that critics have called “the World’s Greatest Foxtrot Orchestra.”

Recently, the world-famous Les Elgart Orchestra performed on the TLC program, “The Wedding Story.”

For more information regarding the Concert Series, contact Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, concert series chairman and associate professor of music, at (580) 327-8692 or sakingsbury@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Share Trust of Alva.