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Speaker Series: Author Rufus Jones, Jr.
Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad – the Epic Story of Dean Dixon
Rufus Jones, Jr. is an orchestral conductor, music educator, and biographer. As a college professor, he as focused his research on classical musicians of African descent. His latest book is a profile of Dean Dixon, an African American conductor whose life was also devoted to performance and education.
In Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad, Jones brings to light a literal treasure trove of unpublished primary sources to tell the compelling story of this great American conductor. A testament to Dixon’s resolve, this first-ever full-length biography of this American musical hero chronicles Dixon’s musical upbringing, beginnings as a conductor, painful decision to leave his own country, rise to fame in Europe and his triumphant stand twenty-one years later when he returned to the United States to serve as a model for aspiring Black classical musicians.
Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad will interest anyone who wants to know more about Black American history, American musical culture, and Black American concert music and musicians.
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