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Column: Renowned guitarist to perform at Pro-Mozart concert
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
February 05, 2014 03:12 PM | 4470 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Renowned classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be presented in a free concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at Peachtree Christian Church in Midtown.

Hosted by the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, the performance is a part of a nationwide tour under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists to promote the New York-based Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, which is being released this month by Centaur Records. A meet-the-artist reception will follow the concert and CDs will be available.

Fletcher began his musical passage as a child prodigy studying classical guitar with John Sutherland when he was just 7 years old. In 1980 he was the youngest student to perform in a master class held in Atlanta by classical guitarist Jose Thomas, Andres Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain. In 1988 he was broadcast on National Public Radio and won the Music Teachers National Association award in 1990. Fletcher earned a master’s degree in music from Eastman School of Music in 1995. Since then he has been in demand in cultural venues throughout the U.S. and made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, returning for three years to sold-out shows.

The nonprofit society was founded in Atlanta in 1964 under the leadership of the late Nellie Bunzl, wife of Austrian Consul General Robert Bunzl. Its mission is to foster the appreciation of classical music with free Atlanta concerts along with sponsorship of a competition for an aspiring Georgia musician to receive a scholarship to the prestigious International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum Institute in Salzburg, Austria.

Information: (404) 667-4700 or

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This year’s Haute Hounds and Couture Cats benefit Monday at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is putting local celebrity models on the runway sporting a variety of designers including Michael Kors and Helmut Lang paired with rescue puppies. Guests will sip champagne and enjoy a catered lunch as they support Atlanta Humane Society programs.

Chairwoman Cindy Voyles urges animal-loving guests to get early reservation tickets since space is limited.

The society places about 8,000 animals up for adoption every year. Founded in 1873, it is the city’s oldest private, nonprofit animal welfare organization.

Originally chartered to help women and children as well as animals, the society now focuses its efforts on addressing the pet overpopulation problem and encouraging pet adoption in Georgia. Today its two campuses, in Atlanta and Alpharetta, are dedicated to the mission to prevent neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation of animals and be part of the solution to ending pet homelessness and overpopulation in the Southeast.

Included in the main facilities are a mobile unit to transport pets to adoptive homes, education and obedience training, foster care for sick or recovering animals, plus low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, a charitable veterinary clinic and animal wellness services.

Tickets and information: (404) 974-2878, or

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History professor and author Buck T. Foster will be the featured speaker at the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta’s monthly dinner meeting Tuesday at the Capital City Club downtown.

His latest book, “Sherman’s Mississippi Campaign,” won the Franklin D. Riley Prize for the best dissertation on a Mississippi topic and covers Gen. William T. Sherman’s February 1864 Mississippi operation just before Union forces started the famed Atlanta campaign.

The purpose was to assemble troops for the important Atlanta mission and destroy the ability of Confederates to threaten commerce on the Mississippi River.

Emphasis for the monthly public meetings is on guest speakers from the who’s who of Civil War experts and academics who share their knowledge to enlighten the public.

The nonprofit round table was organized in 1949 to encourage serious discussion and study of the American Civil War. Art Carey is serving as president.

Reservations and information: (770) 473-1390 or

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The Atlanta Music Club is featuring the Atlanta Flute Ensemble in a free morning musicale Feb. 12 at Peachtree Christian Church in Midtown.

Fourteen players ranging from bass, tenor and soprano flutes with piccolo accents will present a morning concert in the church’s Stew Wood Hall. After the 10:30 a.m. performance, guests will meet the artists for coffee. There also will be a trombone concerto.

Beginning in 1915, the venerable nonprofit community music organization has had an illustrious history of identifying and supporting musical talent and interest in metro Atlanta.

Achievements include: the founding of the All-Star Concert Series with music celebrities, establishing the Choral Guild of Atlanta and the Atlanta Youth Orchestra, music performance scholarship programs for high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and providing monthly morning musicales in public venues.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was a direct outgrowth of the Atlanta Youth Orchestra in 1944. The club also still supports the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.

Information: (404) 872-9670, (770) 978-9680 or

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The Atlanta World War II Round Table’s Feb. 15 public luncheon will feature historian and author Jonathan “Jon” W. Jordan as its speaker.

The Marietta resident, attorney, Air Force veteran and military historian is the author of three books profiling U.S. military leadership — “Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest of Europe” (2011), “The Lone Star Navy: Texas Fight for the Gulf of Mexico” (2007) and “The Shaping of the American West” (2007). He is also a contributing writer to national publications and the Quarterly Journal of Military History.

The round table hosts luncheon meetings 10 times a year, September through June, at the Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County. Reservations are required for this February session. The cost for non-members is $28.

The nonprofit round table was organized in 1986 to hear and record war experiences and to pass on to posterity the knowledge of wartime and the price — human and material — that was paid by our nation for the preservation of freedom in the U.S. and the world. Lee Weinstein serves as 2014 commander.

Reservations and information: (770) 638-7824 or

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Trinity School will culminate its major 2014 Artists Market efforts with a Spotlight on Art Gala and Auction Feb. 15 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead.

From the off-site preview gallery in Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead in December and January to the full-scale Artists Market on the Northside campus Feb. 3 through 8, this year’s efforts have outshone the 33-year success of the nationally recognized showcase of Southeastern art for sale.

Gala guests will celebrate with a formal dinner and dancing evening plus silent and live auctions featuring travel items, experiences and sought-after collaborative masterpieces created by renowned artists and Trinity students. Kimberly Lusink is the 2014 Spotlight on Art chairwoman, and Kattia Easterly and Laura Graber area co-chairwomen for the gala.

Founded in 1951, Trinity is an independent coeducational school serving preschool and elementary children of diverse backgrounds and focuses on providing an extraordinary educational experience for each young scholar.

Proceeds from this year’s Spotlight on Art efforts will go toward Trinity funding priorities such as scholarship funds and professional development opportunities for the faculty. Additionally, a donation of funds, time and services will be made to the Let’s Cure Cerebral Palsy Research Fund, the charity selected by the sixth-grade leadership class as part of its values curriculum.

Tickets and information: (404) 231-8119 or

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