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Column: Pianists to perform at Steinway Society concert
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
March 06, 2013 06:12 PM | 3532 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Five talented young pianists — age 14 or younger — among the contestants for the Atlanta Steinway Society’s annual C. Merrell Calhoun Prodigy Scholarship competitions — will star in a free afternoon concert Sunday in the Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Roswell Road in Buckhead.

The featured young Atlanta-area pianists performing were among those who competed for the scholarships but did not win. They are: Julie Xiang, Sylvia Tang, Kelsey Yao, Ashley Catanzarite and Ethan Shen. Joanna Kim Doyle, professor of music at Gainesville State College, is coordinating the performances.

The public concert is sponsored by the society to not only showcase the young artists and the Calhoun scholarship program, but to share the love of piano artistry. Light refreshments will be served after the performances to introduce the artists and society members.

The scholarships for fledgling pianists were founded by Northside resident C. Merrell Calhoun, a musician and retired marketing director who has also served as a member of the society board.

The organization began with salon-style recitals in private homes in the early 1980s and has expanded as a volunteer, educational-based, nonprofit dedicated to bringing people, pianos and good music together to support young, developing pianists and music education throughout Georgia.

“We have an exceptional agenda of events for 2013 — a Cinco de Mayo piano concert, a dinner party with fireworks June 29 at Kennesaw State University, Scholarship Awards competitions for three college piano majors at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in September, and a Gala Holiday Party with piano and opera music in November,” society president April Conway said. “We hope newcomers will join us in preserving our society’s appreciation of the piano and help promote the young pianists of our community.”

Information: (770) 993-3095 or

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New York fashion designer Hilton Hollis will be a guest speaker March 13 at the annual Members Guild luncheon in the Atlanta History Center’s Grand Overlook Ballroom on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. Tickets start at $150.

While studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Hollis trained under Tim Gardner at Calvin Klein Inc. and developed his expertise in garment design and construction. After graduating in 1997, he joined 90 of the world’s most distinguished designers at the NYC 1000 Millennium Fashion Show in Times Square.

An informal modeling of the designer’s fashions will add pizzazz to the noontime Atlanta presentation. Guild member Joanne Chesler Gross is the annual affair’s chair.

The guild is a volunteer support group whose purpose is to further community interest and participation in the center. Proceeds from this event will help fund educational activities at the center.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4102 or

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Two renowned craft art organizations will benefit from a preview party opening for the 24th annual American Craft Council Show in Atlanta March 14 at the Cobb Galleria Centre near Vinings.

The Southeast’s largest juried craft show will open to the public March 15 through 17. More than 230 of the nation’s most respected craft artists will exhibit and sell their latest one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor and more. A new component of interior enhancements this year is themed “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft,” and will transform areas into show-stopping vignette rooms using treasured objects from featured artists.

Co-chairs of the 2013 show are Carr McCuiston, Mike Wright, Dorothy Yates Kirkley and Deb Sudbury. Jim Hackney and Barbara Waldman are serving as the patron co-chairs. Preview party guests will enjoy cocktails and live entertainment as they get a sneak peek at the latest crafts, meet the nation’s top artists and aficionados and enjoy a first-choice chance to purchase items ahead of the weekend crowds.

All proceeds from the affair will go to two venerable nonprofit art-oriented organizations: The Hambidge Center and the American Craft Council.

For more than 75 years, Hambidge has provided residency fellowships to distinguished artist and scientist at a 600-acre sanctuary in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Artists in residence have access to private studios as well as communal dinners to grow and enhance their artistic quests.

The council was founded in 1943, and its mission is to champion craft art nationwide. Programs include a bimonthly American Craft magazine, annual juried shows throughout the country and educational initiatives.

Tickets and information: (404) 636-9311 or visit or

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The Southeastern Horticultural Society is reaching both backward and forward at the same time as it focuses on the 25th anniversary for the 2013 Southeastern Flower Show and Antiques March 15 through 17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre near Vinings.

Everything blooming and growing will be glorified. The theme “What’s Old is New Again” will set the scene for a world of horticultural wonder. Sixteen magnificent exemplary gardens ranging from 100 to 900 square feet inside the grand exhibit hall will centerpiece the weekend show.

Besides the landscaped gardens, there will be juried floral design competitions, an antiques section, kids’ activities, internationally recognized speakers, demonstrations of flower arranging, gardening and cooking and a marketplace and bookstore featuring garden-related shopping. The show will host judged divisions in landscape, artistic design, discovery, horticulture, youth and photography. There also will be five designer vignettes.

More than a dozen guest speakers will cover the gamut of gardening interest from proper English country gardens to “Cool Tool and Funky Fertilizers,” entertaining with style, the historic Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Gardens, the gardens of historic Oakland Cemetery, Vince Dooley with friends and “Great Garden Making;” to weddings and Melanie Turner, the 2012 Southeast Designer of the Year.

“This year’s lineup of exhibits, speakers and activities is one of our strongest ever, and we are adding, for the first time, participation by antique dealers from throughout the Southeast,” society Executive Director Kate Chura said.

The 2013 Flower Show committee chair lineup includes: Emily Johnson, juried competition; Virginia Lane, volunteers; Ginny Nickles, hospitality; Mary Norwood, competitive class and Blair Robbins, speakers.

Chairs from the 1988 show through 2011 will be honored this anniversary year, and the opening night party March 14 is being chaired by Mary Wayne Dixon and Lane Beebe Courts. The society is an Atlanta-based membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern U.S.

Friends and supporters share the commitment to create sustainable communities by caring for natural environments. Members celebrate the important role of plants in everyone’s lives by working in partnership with individuals and organizations to support the art and science of plants.

The nonprofit is committed to bringing horticulture, conservation, excellence, enjoyment and beauty to people’s lives through educational horticultural-based activities. The annual show is the organization’s crown jewel event with all proceeds benefiting the society’s mission.

Tickets and information: (404) 351-1074 (information only) or visit

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With elegant art deco flair, the Preservation Gala, themed “A Vanity Affair,” will take guests back in time March 15 at historic Ivy Hall on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown to celebrate the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 40th anniversary.

The vintage 1883 Ivy Hall has been restored by the Savannah College of Art and Design, as part of its Atlanta campus, to showcases antiques and period finishes offset by stunning contemporary art. The house serves as headquarters for SCAD’s extended programs to explore today’s art and literature.

The annual benefit will also celebrate the dedication of longtime volunteer Camille Yow as honorary chair for 2013. She has been integral to the success of many trust programs and benefits starting in 1979.

Yow created, chaired and has been a patron to 40 events and raised more than $2.5 million. She has served on the executive committee and supported the capital campaigns for the Hay House in Macon and the Revolving Fund. The prestigious annual volunteer award was re-named in her honor in 1998.

This year’s event will feature cocktails, live entertainment, dancing and culinary edibles prepared by prominent Atlanta caterers. Gala co-chairs are Heath Massey, John Mitchener and Georgia Schley Ritchie.

The trust was founded in 1973 and is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. It generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund, and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources with its annual Places in Peril list.

The trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all. 102 Georgia Main Street Cities participate in the design and technical assistance program, and 63 Georgia school systems engage students in discovering state and national history through local trust resources.

Tickets and information: (404) 885-7812 or visit

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The annual White Coat Grady Gala, set for March 16 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, will announce the 2013 healthcare heroes and outstanding philanthropists and benefit the Grady Health Foundation.

The foundation is the nonprofit arm of Grady Memorial Hospital, also downtown. Four award categories will be announced: the Senior Sage Award, to Walter L. Ingram, MD, director of Grady’s burn unit since 1992; the Inspiring Mentor Award, to Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP, chief psychologist at Grady and current president-elect of the American Psychological Association; the Next Generation Healer Award, to L. “Joy” Baker, MD, a Health Students Taking Action board member; and the Ada Lee and Pete Correll Healthcare Legacy Award, to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and its campaign to ensure the survival and expansion of Grady.

“We are at 98 percent of our fundraising goal that began in 2008 — at $319 million out of $325 million. The success could not be possible without the support of the community and dedication of Grady’s exceptional employees,” said foundation president Lisa Borders.

The nonprofit foundation was founded in 1993 as a public charity to encourage corporations, foundations and individual citizens to invest in the continued health and well-being of metro Atlanta through the hospital’s vital public resources.

The mission is to improve the quality of health care services for metro Atlanta’s indigent, uninsured and critical-care patients through funding education, capital renovation, research and development, advanced medical technology and support of the region’s premier trauma center and the Southeast’s largest public hospital.

Information: (404) 489-1550 or visit

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The annual Torch Gala March 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead will light the way to prevent and cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The evening will include dining, dancing and a silent auction. It is the largest single fundraiser for the Georgia chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The high point of the evening will be a special tribute to Southeast Regional Director Marcia Greenburg. With six family members affected by Crohn’s and colitis, Greenberg began her dedicated volunteer journey in 1985 and was recruited to be the executive director in 1996.

She was appointed regional director in 2010, and currently manages five chapters with combined revenues of more than $4.1 million. She also spearheaded efforts for the foundation’s children’s program at Camp Oasis in Winder. Started by the Georgia chapter, it has become a national initiative.

"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Marcia Greenburg for more than 20 years. She has had an incredible impact on many people’s lives and has done so quietly and without the recognition she so deserves,” said Steve Goodman, member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s national board and a Georgia chapter past president.

The foundation was founded in 1967 and is the only nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for the two very painful and lifelong digestive diseases. About 1.4 million Americans are living with the intestinal diseases that can cause life-threatening complications.

The volunteer-driven foundation is dedicated not only to finding the cure, but to improving the quality of life of the children and adults affected by the diseases.

Tickets and information: (404) 982-0616 or visit

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The Atlanta History Center’s commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial continues March 16 with a free daylong family program, Citizens and Soldiers.

Centered on the 1860s Smith Family Farm area with examples of home-front activities, the program will include encampments, reenactments and demonstrations along with tours of the center’s exhibition, “Turning Point: The American Civil War.”

A series of live events will add dimension to the all-day program: A lecture by Steve Davis on “What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta;” a genealogy program with author and genealogist Brad Quinlin; character performances in the museum and at the farm site; firing demonstrations by both Union and Confederate soldiers from the Armory Guard; tours led by Senior Military Historian and Curator Gordon Jones, Ph.D.; and self-guided tours of permanent exhibitions and the current on-loan exhibit “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down.”

The program is being presented in conjunction with Bank of America’s free admission weekends from February through June. Funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Founded in 1926, the center is an all-inclusive 33-acre destination on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. It is the Southeast’s largest history museum and encompasses two historic houses, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, Chick-fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café and natural historic garden areas and paths.

Schedules and information: (404) 814-4000 or visit

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