Bracing for Ebola in DeKalb
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Bracing for Ebola in DeKalb

Bracing for Ebola in DeKalb

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In DeKalb County, health officials have reached out to the community to answer questions about the disease and DeKalb schools officials have put in place protocol that principals and administrators should follow concerning Ebola. Read more at www.ocgnews.com.
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Stan Watson presents Deacons in Devotion
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Eight-year-old Sarah Cooper has dreams of performing on her violin around the world. Although she still has a long way before she makes it to Carnegie Hall, she’s getting her feet wet by “experiencing” professionals. She had the chance to hear and meet members of an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) quartet on Jan. 11 in Tucker.   

“This is my first time hearing pros like this live,” said Cooper, a home-schooled student who practices regularly. “It was really nice hearing them and seeing where I could be one day.” 

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra took the audience through a classical music timeline on Jan. 11 in Tucker. 

The Atlanta Symphony’s free performance and conversation session afterward was a part of the DeKalb County Library’s “Symphony in Your Neighborhood.” The partnership brings free music performances by Atlanta Symphony musicians to library branches throughout DeKalb County during the Orchestra’s 2013-14 season.

“The Library is particularly pleased about offering this wonderful series of musical programs to families at our branches,” said Library Director Alison Weissinger. “We believe our patrons also will be pleased about the opportunity to hear members of the ASO perform in their own neighborhoods.”

The casual, hour-long concerts provide audience members with the opportunity to learn about the music being performed as well as interact with ASO musicians. The program will be presented with Spanish features and selections at the Chamblee Library, which serves a community with many Spanish speakers. 

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“We are very proud to partner with the DeKalb County Public Library, as we share a goal of enriching lives and communities through collaborative programming,” said ASO Manager of Community Programs Ahmad Mayes.

The standing-room only Jan. 11 performance at the library’s Tucker-Reid H. Cofer branch featured Jun-Ching Lin and Anastasia Agapova on violin, Reed Harris on viola and Christopher Rex on principal cello. 

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“We really thank everybody for coming out. It was our pleasure to play for you all today,” said Rex, who led the ASO performing quartet through a series of classical greats such as Mozart and Beethoven. “It’s really fun to see the kids faces light up when we get going and we enjoy when parents recognize songs we perform from movies and other well-known compositions.”

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