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Ed Dixon - Cellist

The museum is pleased to welcome cellist Edward Dixon back for another fantastic chamber music concert. This time Edward has invited soprano Diane Gray-Chamberlain and keyboardist Jan Roberts to join him. The Kirkman House warmly invites you to take the very special pleasure of hearing beautiful and energetic music in the intimate and acoustically delightful setting of our 19th-century formal parlor. The Kirkman House would like to thank the Walla Walla Piano Group for loaning us the keyboard for these performances as our 1881 box piano is not quite in tune.

The Saturday performance is at 7:30pm on October 21 and is $30 per person. Doors open at 6:45pm for socializing and locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and Goose Ridge Estate Winery cider, and wine. The October 22 performance is at 2pm and is $25.

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Dr. Edward Dixon
Dr. Edward Dixon, conductor and cellist, has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe and has worked in the Hollywood recording studios. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California and his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Formerly on the music faculties of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Central Washington University, and Whitman College, Dr. Dixon now divides his retirement between managing the Walla Walla Symphony, teaching privately in Walla Walla and Richland, and concertizing in the Pacific Northwest.

A frequent performer, he has appeared as cello soloist with the Yakima, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and Mid-Columbia Symphonies among others and has most recently participated in the Siletz Bay and McCall Music Festivals. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1987. Dr. Dixon has been principal cellist of the Walla Walla Symphony since 1991 and the Mid-Columbia Symphony since 2010.

Diane Gray-Chamberlain
Originally from Erie, PA, Diane Gray-Chamberlain has been fortunate to have lived and performed in various parts of the country. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Wichita State University in Wichita KS., and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Walla Walla University. For over twenty years, Gray- Chamberlain has sung with professional opera companies and toured as soprano soloist for various symphonies and opera companies across the United States and in Japan. During the past fourteen years, Gray-Chamberlain has enjoyed teaching students of various ages in the Walla Walla Valley. She has been a church choir director, a K-12 general music teacher and choir teacher, middle school choir teacher for the Walla Walla Public Schools, and currently has a successful private voice studio as well as teaches voice for the Whitman College Music Department.

Gray-Chamberlain has performed with Opera Memphis, Southern Opera Touring Co., Indianapolis Opera Co., and Nashville Opera Co. Performance brought Diane to the Northwest where she has been featured soprano soloist with the Walla Walla Symphony, Whitman College Master Singers, Washington East Opera, Mid- Columbia Symphony, Consort Columbia, Walla Walla Chorale Society, Little Theater of Walla Walla, and Walla Walla Ampitheater Summer Musicals.

Some favorite operatic/musical theater roles performed include: Papagena and First Lady, in The Magic Flute, Frasquita, in Carmen, Sr. Constance and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Aldonza and Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Susanna, in The Marriage of Figaro, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge, Lola in Gallentry, Eliza in My Fair Lady, and Laurie in Oklahoma. Oratorio performances include solo work in The Messiah, Elijah, and St. Matthew’s Passion, to name a few. A highlight of Ms. Gray-Chamberlain’s performing career was the invitation to represent the City of Walla Walla by singing a special Sister City 30th Anniversary Concert in Sasayama, Japan in 2002.

When You Visit

The museum is open on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm. It is also open by appointment.

Admission is $7 per person or $25 for a household. Admission is free to all NARM and ROAM members. Kirkman House is also a Blue Star Museum that welcomes current servicemen, armed forces veterans and their families.