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Frostburg State University’s Department of Music and the FSU Foundation will present Czech pianist Alice Fiedlerová and Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, a professor of music at FSU, in a program for duo piano on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The concert will celebrate renowned composer Antonín Dvorák as part of the 2011 Mutual Inspirations Festival of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C.

The program will feature “Concordien Polka,” “Zlonice Sugar Polka” and “Grand Cacilien Galopp” by Antonín Liehmann; “Muj Máj, Opus 20” by Vitezslav Novák; “Czech Dances” by Vitezslav Novák; and “Slavonic Dances, Opus 46” by Dvorák.

Fiedlerová is a featured artist for the International Dvorak Society’s American Spring Festival. She has made a number of recordings for Czech radio and television and has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the U.S. In 2000, she was invited to collaborate on “In Memory of the Czech Terezín Composers Project” as the featured performer for the opening concert of the project. She is on the faculty of New York University in Prague and the Conservatory of Music in Prague.

Dixon has conducted extensive concert tours in the U.S., England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Israel, Palestine and Japan. She is a featured artist for the International Dvorak Society’s American Spring Festival and performs numerous concerts throughout the Czech Republic each year. She has released 12 CDs, featuring both piano and organ, and is frequently heard on National Public Radio and programs such as “Pipedreams.” For more information, visit

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dixon at 301-687-4115. 

Fall Philosophical Forum - Police Legitimacy

In a discussion of the struggle for renewed police legitimacy, Frostburg State University’s  Fall Philosophical Forum will welcome Dr. Jim Nolan, professor of sociology at West Virginia University and a former police officer, who will present “The Thinning of the Thin Blue Line: The Struggle for Renewed Legitimacy in American Policing.” The event, on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Atkinson Room (232) of the Lane University Center is free and open to the public.

Banned Books Reading

Commemorating the books and their authors who have pushed boundaries for freedom of speech and press, Frostburg State University will have an evening dedicated to reading books deemed too controversial and therefore banned or challenged. The English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta, the Department of English and the Ort Library at FSU will host the event Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Ort Library.