Don Bailey, flute | Dianne Frazer, piano

Music on Mondays

Recital Salon, Squires | Music

September 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

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New York flutist Don Bailey has recorded for Summit, Genuin, Parnassus, and Albany Records. In its review of his debut CD Voyage, American Record Guide praised his “impeccably controlled sound... full of artful colors and nuances…exceptional attention to detail…unfailing precision”. Fanfare said his Tribute CD was “...a delight from beginning to end... Bailey boasts a brilliant technique and a bristling sense of excitement.”

A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Don began his career in Dallas, Texas. He is a former university professor, board member of both the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the New York Flute Club, and past president of the Texas Flute Society and the Louisiana Flute Society. He has performed at festivals in Aspen, Colorado, and Spoleto, Italy, among others, and at several National Flute Association conventions. 

He is director and flutist of Voyage Unlimited, Inc., a New York not-for-profit organization committed to the performance, recording, and publication of new and standard chamber music for flute. As solo flutist with Classical Quintessence aboard the Cunard cruise ship Vistafjord, he performed with Polish pianist/composer Adam Manijak, who has become an integral part of the Voyage Unlimited mission. The Voyage Unlimited Series of new orchestrations by Don and Adam is published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser. 

Don performs with collaborative pianists Donald Sulzen of Munich and Dianne Frazer of New York City, and with the Attacca String Quartet. He has performed at Munich’s Richard Strauss Conservatory, Lincoln Center, Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) Hall, among others, and live for WNYC radio at Symphony Space. He performed on the American Landmark Festival series with pianist Leslie Jones, and reaching out to an even wider audience, he performed in a Manhattan showcase of “world music” blending Afro Cuban, Brazilian, Spanish, Italian and Columbian styles with composer, film-scorer and guitarist Christopher Caliendo of Los Angeles. Other performances include those with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Bach Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony, and Voices of Change. 

During the summer of 2005, Don worked closely with composer Gian Carlo Menotti at his home in Scotland, compiling a chronology of the composer’s works, and later at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy organizing and performing on the chamber music concerts. In February 2007, he collaborated with members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera Orchestra in a recording of Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, produced by Lone Spring Arts and released December 1, 2007 by Albany Records. 

Don's articles have been published in national music journals including Flute Talk magazine and Flute Forum. He was interviewed by Windplayer Magazine for its bestseller Flute Stories - 101 Inspirational Stories by the World's Best Flute Players, which has become a must-read for anyone in the performing arts. He was also interviewed for the Fall 2007 issue of The Flutist Quarterly, The Musical Road Less Traveled by Helen Spielman, and he is the cover interview of the September 2008 issue of Flute Talk.

Don studied flute at the doctoral level at the University of North Texas, and summers at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Académie d'été in Nice, France. His teachers include the distinguished flutists Julius Baker, Michel Debost, Alain Marion, Judith Mendenhall, George Morey, Marcel Moyse, and Albert Tipton. 

His flute is a handmade 14-carat gold Brannen-Cooper flute.


Dianne Frazer is recognized globally as a premiere collaborative pianist. Known for her wit and style on and off stage, she “exudes an energy and an excitement that is both irresistible and endearing.” She has performed with a “who’s who” of international artists, and has performed in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Merkin Hall. According to Branford Marsalis, “Dianne is one bad-ass pianist!”

Dianne is on the faculty at Louisiana State University, is a principal pianist for the National Flute Association, International Society of Bassists, the MTNA Southern Division, the Florida Flute Association, and has been a pianist at the Oberstdorf Music Festival in Germany, World Bass Festival in Poland, ISI Florence in Italy, Bradetich International Double Bass Competition, International Hornists Society, International Trumpet Guild, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Clarinet Association, International Tuba Euphonium conventions, and numerous state and regional festivals. Dianne holds two performance degrees, was a two-time Fischoff finalist, and was an adjudicator for the prestigious Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.

Touring with individual artists is a big part of Ms. Frazer’s schedule, which is a direct byproduct of the many conventions and festivals she plays. She tours regularly with flutist, Jill Felber, and enjoys stateside performances with English flutist, Ian Clarke, as well as with her own cherished LSU colleagues. When off the road, she is Acting Principal Pianist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, is rehearsal pianist for the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, and loves it when she is asked to provide music at her church. Her passion for making music with other musicians is almost equal to her passion for creating strong and lasting friendships, and this makes for a very gratifying and balanced life.


Main Street Inn and The Inn at Virginia Tech are the official lodging sponsors for the Music on Mondays Artist Series.

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