Two concerts at the Dixie Center this week! Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Libby English with the DCA.
Music from Bach and Brahms to Blues and More!
As a patron of classical music and/or blues, pop, gospel and country, put 11/13 at 7:30 pm and 11/16 at 7:00 pm on your calendar for two outstanding events at the Dixie!!
TONIGHT the DCA proudly presents Lawrence Gibbs on clarinet and Dr. Daniel Immel on piano in a “Lagniappe Special Recital” Benefit for the Dixie. It is a FREE concert, but donations are welcomed for help in maintaining the Dixie for future programs. The duo will perform Brahms, Bach, Stravinsky, Poulenc, and John Philip Sousa. Dr. Immel previously taught piano at Tech but now resides in Pennsylvania and serves as Professor of Piano Studies at Kutztown University. Lawrence Gibbs says, “Dr. Immel has received much renown from his performances world wide, and this will be an evening to remember.”
This THURSDAY Denene Stringfellow, “The man with the “Golden Voice”, sings your favorite “Golden Songs” with Special Guest, Rita Spillers, on piano and one independent and three other backup musicians from the Shreveport Regional Jazz Ensemble. Members of the Band are Albert Latier, keyboard; Clarence Burkes, saxophone; Darrell Mims, lead guitar; and David Cook, drums. Some of their selections include Georgia on My Mind, Mustang Sally, San Francisco, Stormy Monday, My Way, and To God Be the Glory. Tickets are $20 adults, Students 2 for $10 in the balcony with cash and ID.
Special Guest, Rita Spillers, and Denene entertained many patrons in years past at Maxwell’s Restaurant in the old Holiday Inn. She now plays at the Warehouse #1 in Monroe, entertaining
their patrons on a regular basis. She is also the pianist with the Travis Woods Band for the annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase held in April of each year at the Dixie. She says she hopes to continue playing “until her time is up”, but for now, she ”has keyboards, will travel!”
Denene entered the local hospitality industry at age 19 when, in 1970, he applied for a dishwasher position at the Holiday Inn of Ruston, owned by Johnny Maxwell, who took him under his wings for the next 40 years. He worked his way up from dishwasher to General Manager for the last 26 years of his hospitality career and has won a number of accolades during his business career, having received the Certificate of Dedicated Service from President Bill Clinton when the President spoke at the GSU graduation exercises.
His singing career covers several decades and includes Choir Director at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dubach for over 40 years. He has entertained three Louisiana Governors and has a “solo singing career” that takes him to Memphis to perform. He is a part-time vocalist for the Shreveport Regional Jazz Ensemble and the GSU Jazz Band, and he was the 2009 winner of the Dixie Horizon Entertainer of the Year Award at the Dixie.