Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon will present her program for her Czech “American Spring” tour at Frostburg State University on Sunday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall, in preparation for her international concert tour and as part of the FSU Music Department’s Faculty Artist Series.
Dixon, a pianist and organist, will tour the Czech Republic as a featured soloist for the “American Spring” sponsored by the International Dvorak Society. Her concert tour will be her second in many years. She will perform in several historic cities also visited by great composer Antonin Dvorak, including Tisnov, Kamenice, Brno, Velka Bites, Valtice, Nelahozeves, Litomerice, Zlonice and Kladno. Her performances are sponsored, in part, by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.
The “American Spring” festival involves 10 musicians performing over 40 concerts in about 30 cities and towns throughout the Czech Republic. The festival also includes master classes in Brno and Prague, a colloquium in Czech-American Relations at Masaryk University in Brno and over a half a dozen lectures. The bulk of this festival will be held in April and other concerts and events will take place in July.
Dixon will present both piano and organ programs at the festival. Her piano program features Emma Lou Diemer’s “Psalms for Piano.” Together Diemer and Dixon have commissioned and premiered over 100 new works, including four complete CDs. The Diemer Psalms are a large concert work that includes a multi-media presentation that accompanies the music. Dixon has spent the past five years working on this magnum opus. She hopes to record and release the work in DVD format in 2008. The remainder of her program consists of works by Scott Joplin and George Gershwin.
Dixon is a professor and chair of Friends of Music at FSU. She performs for music festivals, universities, schools and churches across the globe and her recordings are frequently heard on radio broadcasts. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and Sigma Alpha Iota and is a five-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s prestigious Individual Artist Award.
Her performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dixon at 301-707-4848 or at www.joandeveedixon.com, or call the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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