WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joan DeVee Dixon, professor of music and chair of Friends of Music at Frostburg State University, will be featured in an organ recital at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Concert Hall of Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This rare opportunity to hear a solo performance on the Concert Hall’s pipe organ is sponsored by the Millennium Stage and Performing Arts for Everyone. The program is free and open to the public.
The Kennedy Center’s pipe organ is a 3-manual, 76-rank Aeolian-Skinner that was first installed in 1973. The organ was subsequently restored from 1996 to 1997 by Parkey Organ Builders and curator Irving G. Lawless. During this time, the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall underwent a major acoustical and visual renovation for the National Symphony Orchestra.
Performing Arts for Everyone is designed to introduce the Kennedy Center and its programs to diverse audiences by providing a performance open to the public and free of charge 365 days a year. Dixon’s program fits the theme of “Performing Arts for Everyone.” The unusual selections include “Flight of the Bumblebee,” variations on “Three Blind Mice,” spirituals in New Orleans jazz style and Emma Lou Diemer’s “Happy Birthday” in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. Dixon will also perform additional highlights by Dvorak, holiday favorites and some fun, audience “stomping” with Scott Joplin’s “Stoptime Rag!”
Dixon has conducted extensive concert tours of the United States, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Israel, Palestine, Japan and the Czech Republic. Some of her recent performances include the Temple Church in London, Town Hall in Oxford, England, Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Azuchi Concert Hall in Japan and the International Peace Center in Bethlehem, Palestine. In 2007, she toured the Czech Republic under the auspices of the United States Embassy and in 2008 she will be a featured artist for the 2008 International Dvorak Festival, also in the Czech Republic.
For more information about Dixon’s performance and to learn more about her talents as a musician, please see www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html or www.joandeveedixon.com.