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Column: Buckhead event spotlights Native American heritage
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
November 13, 2012 05:49 PM | 2095 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
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Saturday, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will host the Southeastern Indians Heritage Program as part of the center’s monthly family programs exploring history, culture and fun for all. November is Native American Heritage Month.

A variety of performances, craft demonstrations and discussions led by Native American artists and historians will entertain and elucidate visitors of all ages. Activities cover the eras from primitive to trade. Using storytelling, demonstrations and discussions, the center will educate visitors on tool making, commerce and trade, hide tanning, fire making, games, dancing and traditional crafts such as pottery. The University Georgia’s toli team will demonstrate the traditional Native American stickball game.

The current “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia” museum exhibit (open through January 2014) celebrates Native American heritage with artifacts documenting the original inhabitants beginning with the Mississippian peoples and continuing with their descendants, the Creeks and the Cherokees. Long before the first European settlers came to what is now called Georgia, the Mississippian Indians developed complex societies on these lands — complete with art, music, ceremony, agriculture, architecture and trade industries.

Admission is free for members and general admission for non-members ($16.50 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, $11 for children 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under). Funding for the monthly educational days is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.The nonprofit center is an all-inclusive, 33-acre campus on West Paces Ferry Road and one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. It includes 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, a museum shop and historic gardens. The center also operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4000 or visit www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

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The first winter concert hosted by the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta is set for Sunday in the sanctuary of Peachtree Christian Church in Midtown.

Classical soprano Caroline Thomas will be presented in concert assisted by soprano Rhonda Hambright and accompanied by pianist Randy Elkins.

Thomas is a world-renowned soprano with a master’s degree in music from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and attended the Julliard School in New York. She resides in Detmold, Germany, and is a voice professor at the Hochschule für Musik. Currently on a personal tour to visit her family in the U.S., Thomas is performing in the public concert and at invitational master classes in Atlanta.

Hambright, a graduate of Wesleyan College with a degree in voice, is based at St. Simons Island as a regional soprano soloist, pianist, voice teacher and choral conductor. Next she will travel to Germany to present a concert of American spiritual and German lieder.

A longtime officer and member of the Pro-Mozart group, Elkins is the director of fine arts and a music instructor at the Brandon Hall School in Sandy Springs.

For a nominal $15 ticket donation, the public is invited to the concert and a meet-the-artists reception in the church’s Stew Wood Hall following the performance.The Pro-Mozart board members have also been instrumental in arranging a master class this Saturday morning with Thomas at the Lovett School in Buckhead. The session is aimed at college voice students and their professors. The public is invited again, but reservations are required and seating is limited.

Founded in 1964, the nonprofit society fosters classical music education and interest through the presentation of concerts and other musical events and nurtures the talents of young musicians. Each year it awards two $4,000 scholarships to promising student musicians from Georgia for study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Information: (678) 488-3591 or visit www.mozartatlanta.com.
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