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Franklin Pond Chamber Music hosts socially-distanced chamber music competition



After social distancing requirements made the planned live Chamber Music Competition at Spivey Hall impossible, Franklin Pond Chamber Music decided to forge on and hosted a virtual contest over Memorial Day weekend. The statewide competition is a unique approach to a unique challenge, with all aspects of this complex chamber music competition completely socially distanced.  All high school and college student finalists throughout Georgia have undertaken rehearsing and recording chamber music, while staying miles apart in their own homes.  Peachtree Corners own Lexine Feng performed on cello with Tangent Trio, along with violinist Yuji Yamada and violist John Cho to win the high school showcase.

The Competition began with the Finalists Showcase at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, broadcast on YouTube Live.  Viewers could watch full performances and interviews by each of the eight finalist ensembles.  The Competition Awards Show was broadcast at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Pianist and sought-after showman Alpin Hong served as master of ceremonies. The internationally distinguished panel of judges–including Carlos Izcaray, Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Richard Roberts, Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Elizabeth Pridgen, concert pianist and Artistic Director of Atlanta Chamber Players- discussed music in the time of Corona.  The winner’s circle list can be found on their website. Visit franklinpond.org for more information and videos of the events.

Performed at the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition Showcase Concert on February 15, 2020 1st Place Winner of the 2019-2020 Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition Artisan Category

Source: Press Release from Franklin Pond Chamber Music

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Women’s History Month at Gwinnett Libraries



Upcoming Virtual Author and Speaker Programs

Each month the Gwinnett County Public Library brings bestselling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres to the library, offering readers exclusive opportunities to meet and engage with their favorite writers. All author events listed below are live & virtual.

A Women’s History Month Program for Children

Live Book Talk/Storytime with Children’s Author Deborah Hopkinson

Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 am

Deborah Hopkinson- Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Public Library site.

The book is Thanks to Frances Perkins-Fighter for Workers based on the life of a real-life woman hero. Frances Perkins witnessed the Triangle Waist Factory fire in 1911, she was forever changed.   Frances decided to work to bring about new laws and became the first female Secretary of Labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration and she created our Social Security program  

  To rsvp email events@gwinnettpl.org  

In celebration of Women’s History Month

Author Carolyn Curry in conversation with President of Accent Creative Group, Pam Ledbetter.

Thursday, March 11
7 – 8 p.m.

Carolyn Curry. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Public Library site.

Carolyn Curry is the founder of Women Alone Together and she is the award-winning author of the biography Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1824 – 1907.

Ella grew up in one of the wealthiest families in Georgia and attended Wesleyan, the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. She kept a diary before, during, and after the Civil War.  Post-war she documents facing her bankruptcy, the death of four children, and the turmoil of reconstruction. She survives and thrives and was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Suffrage Movement.

Registration is required to access this event. Once registered, you will receive a link to access this event. 

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Bill Gates Headlines MJCCA Virtual Book Festival



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Gates Discusses His Timely New Book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, with NBC’s Kristen Welker. Photo from ticket site.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 8:00 pm EST, technologist, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates presents his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, as part of the MJCCA’s Book Festival In Your Living Room winter 2021 author lineup. Interviewed by Kristen Welker, co-anchor, “Weekend Today” and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, the two will discuss his wide-ranging, practical, and accessible plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

Presented by the MJCCA; the National JCC Literary Consortium, which is made up of more than 80 Jewish Community Centers in North America; and two independent bookstores, A Cappella Books in Atlanta and Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida, where the event will be live-streamed on Zoom. Advanced registration is required. Tickets, which include a hardcover copy of the book shipped to homes, are available here: showclix.com/event/bill-gates-climate-disaster


Wednesday, February 24

Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Interviewed by NBC’s Kristen Welker

Thursday, March 4

Walter Isaacson, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

In Conversation with Holly Firfer

Sunday, March 7

Mark Gerson, The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life

In Conversation with Rabbi Brian Glusman

Every registered ticket holder receives a complimentary copy of the book!

Thursday, March 11

Annabelle Gurwitch, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

In Conversation with Dave Barry

Sunday, March 21 – NEW DATE!

Lisa Scottoline, Eternal: A Novel

In Conversation with Holly Firfer

Monday, March 22

Tim Shriver, The Time to Unite

In Conversation with Deepak Chopra, MD

Thursday, March 25

Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings: A Novel

In Conversation with Greg Changnon

Wednesday, April 7

Brooke Baldwin, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power

In Conversation with Holly Firfer

Sunday, April 11 – Special Yom Hashoah Event featuring Rabbi Brian Glusman

Daniel Lee, The SS Officer’s Armchair

Click here for Tickets and registration

Source: MJCCA Press Release

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Free Photo Classes Return – Topic: The Perfect Portrait



The city’s popular photo workshop classes taught by Tytan Pictures‘ Jim Stone and his crew are back.

Date and Time: March 20, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM  

Location: Community Chest
310 Technology Parkway
Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092

Who can attend: The free classes are open to Peachtree Corners residents and anyone who works in the city.

The topic: the Perfect Portrait

What does the class cover: Camera settings, lighting and post production techniques that professional photographers use to create magazine quality images.

Professional models will be on hand for this class

Also included: How to set up lighting online meetings so you can look your best.

What to bring: Your camera and any lighting you may have. There will be a variety of cameras and different lighting equipment for use as well.

Reservations required: Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the class is limited to 25 attendees. 

No Walk-Ins permitted: You must reserve in advance.

Temperatures taken at the door. If you do not feel well, please stay home.

Face masks required

To register, send an email to Jim Stone at stone@tytanpictures.co

Please register early — and if you are unable to attend, notify Jim so he can open your spot to someone else.

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