With a goal of providing the community of Dixon an opportunity to experience high quality music performances appealing to a wide variety of musical interests, the Dixon united Methodist Church proudly announces the Ross and Gladys Hanna Community Concert Series.
Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will launch the inaugural season on Sunday, February 8 at 6 pm.
Members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are in the Institute’s Fellowship Program at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Winners of numerous DownBeat awards, including the 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country.
On March 8, Vox Musica, a Sacramento- based women’s vocal ensemble, will present VOX-CHAI: A Jewish Choral Project. The third concert of the spring series will be a performance by the Casey Lipka Trio on April 12.
There are also three concerts in the fall slated for the second Sunday of the month at 6 pm: September 13, October 11, and November 8.
The concert series will honor the legacy of Ross and Gladys Hanna. For more than fifty years, Ross and Gladys Hanna brought music to Dixon. Ross Hanna was best known as the leader of the Phirehouse Philharmonic, a band of local musicians who played at many community events and toured internationally.
He directed church choirs for both children and adults. Gladys Hanna was an integral part of all of these musical ventures. Planning for the concert series was just getting started when Ross died in June.
“It seemed fitting to honor Ross’ memory by naming the series in honor of the Hannas,” said Pastor Morris. “Gladys is an active member of the concert series planning team. Her encouragement means so much.”
Most of the performances will be in the historic sanctuary of the church at the DUMC, built in 1866.
“Musicians have always commented on how much they enjoy performing in our sanctuary. There is a warm, lively quality to the acoustics,” said Pastor Cathy Morris. “The concert series will give audiences and musicians a chance to share in the joy and power of music.”
Advance tickets for the three concerts of the spring series are on sale now and tickets for individual concerts will go on sale in January. Ticket donations for the spring series are $30 for adults and $15 for children. Individual tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children.
“We really want to make the concerts accessible to the whole community, especially for families, students and seniors,” said Pastor Morris. “Since the church is able to provide the performance space and local publicity, we can offer the concert tickets in an affordable range for Dixon residents.”
Tickets can be obtained by contacting: the church office at 707-678-2191; email firstname.lastname@example.org; church website at www.dixonumc.com; Facebook page DixonUMC. Tickets are also available at the Dixon Chamber of Commerce. The Dixon United Methodist Church is located at 209 N. Jefferson Street, on the corner of N. Jefferson and W. “B” Streets, across from the Chamber of Commerce.