Services held for BC Pops co-founder Agard

Memorial services were held Sunday (Jan. 22) for BC Pops co-founder and conductor (1974-1998) David L. Agard, who passed away Jan. 20 at the age of 75. Over his long career, Agard also was an assistant conductor at Tri-Cities Opera and a conductor of the Triple Cities Welsh Chorale. A talented violinist, he performed with many regional orchestras and in the pit for local theater companies.

Here is a link to his obituary in the Press & Sun-Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/ht3prd5. Please share your memories in the comment section of this post.

 

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1 Response to "Services held for BC Pops co-founder Agard"

  1. Bill Snyder

    I never expect these things. I reeled from the death of Duane Skrabalak a few years ago, and he was visibly not well. Ralph Hall’s and Irene Kanazawich’s deaths hit my soul since much of my early performing career was with Golden-Hall. With David it is more complicated. I would invite friends from college to visit, just because it was a BC Pops concert. They were music major friends with sort of low expectations of a “Pops” concert, and he dazzled them.

    True, he had a temper. As a performing musician, he wanted to make everything as easy as possible for his fellow musicians, but he wanted the best out of all of us.
    If you did not take advantage of his compromises, he could be very caustic, but If he asked you how you were …he MEANT it.

    I was looking forward to working with Dave as music director for THE SORCERER for the Summer Savoyards.

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